Autumn Japan: Day 2 in Osaka and Day 2 in Kyoto: Arashiyama

Next day turned out to be rainy and so we decided to not go to Kyoto, but instead go to Nihonbashi shopping area.

But first, breakfast.

Takoyaki soup
We found some takoyaki place at the Shin-Osaka station (it was really hard to find a non-smoking place). These are Takoyaki with soup.

Takoyaki
And these are just takoyaki fried on a stick.

Morozoff shop at Osaka station
Morozoff ice cream shop.

Banner in Nihonbashi, Osaka
Finally we are in Nihonbashi. This advertisement kind of confused me. ;)

This is just like Akihabara in Tokyo, filled with electronics and anime-related goods. We walked around for some time, and even bought some stuff.

Metal bee in Nihonbashi, Osaka
And then we saw this metal bee at the top of some building.

Metal bee in Nihonbashi, Osaka

Ksusha started to feel really bad at about this time, so we were forced to turn back and get to the hotel. I guess we'll need to return some day.

So let me show you some pictures of a room we stayed in:

Hotel room in Osaka

Hotel room in Osaka

Hotel room in Osaka

The hotel name is Step Inn Shin Osaka, and it is indeed located just steps outside the Shin Osaka station east exit. The room price was ~$115/night which is not so bad I guess.

Next day Ksusha felt much better, but we still woke up kind of late. The weather was much better too, so we went to Kyoto. The plan was to visit Arashiyama area. It's located at the same station as Tenshi-no-Sato, just on the other side of the JR railroad.

Arashiyama fall colors
And so we dive into the red and yellow world.

Arashiyama fall colors

Arashiyama fall colors

Arashiyama fall colors

Arashiyama fall colors

Tenryu-ji
At the Arashiyama mountain there is Tenryu-ji temple that was established in 1339 at a site of an even older 9th century temple Danrin-ji, that is notable for being the first Zen temple in Japan.

But these buildings were burned down multiple times throughout history, so they current ones are pretty recent, dated to Meiji period (1868-1912).

Arashiyama fall colors

Arashiyama fall colors

The garden near this temple, called Sogenchi garden still stays in the same form it was laid down in 14th century by Muso Soseki. It is one of the oldest gardens in Japan.

Sogenchi garden tickets
Tickets to the Sogenchi garden. 500 yen per person. There is also a more expensive ticket that also includes access to the temple main hall.

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden panorama
And a panoram

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Frog pool

Sogenchi garden

Bamboo grove
West of the garden borders on a Bamboo Grove.

Bamboo grove

Bamboo grove

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

Sogenchi garden

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Sogenchi garden

From the garden we moved to the famous Bamboo Grove.

Bamboo grove

Bamboo grove
Surprisingly there was even some car traffic there.

Bamboo grove

Bamboo grove

Arashiyama gardens
Next we headed south to the Hozu river.

Arashiyama gardens

Boats on Hozu river
Got to the river.

Boats on Hozu river

Boats on Hozu river

Boats on Hozu river

Seeing all these boats, Ksusha decided she wants a tour like that too.

Hozu river boat tour tickets

Boat tickets. 3500 yen for a 30 minutes trip for two. Or 2000 yen for a blue boat where you propel it yourself for an hour ;)

What follow is a selection of pictures from the boat.

Boats on Hozu river

Boats on Hozu river

Boats on Hozu river

Hozu river boat tour
Our boat-master.

Hozu river boat tour

Hozu river boat tour
The boat is guided over a shallow area of the river.

Boats on Hozu river
All other boat riders were very excited when we took pictures of them, smiled and waived back at us ;)

Boats on Hozu river

Hozu river boat tour

Ducks on Hozu river

Ducks on Hozu river
Some ducks were randomly floating around.

Hozu river picnic

Boats on Hozu river
And here a girl shows her boyfriend how to actually use oars. I am so glad I did not opt for this ;)

Hozu river picnic
Nice picnic place.

Boats on Hozu river

Ducks on Hozu river

Boat shop on Hozu river
This is a floating food shop helping to feed hungry tourists ;) They are also cheaters, as their boat is propelled by a motor.

Ducks on Hozu river

Hozu river
The water in the river was pretty clear, so you can even see to the bottom.

Hozu river shore

Hozu river boat tour
He even spoke a bit of English which was useful.

Old hotel on Hozu river
Some really old and really expensive ryokan on the river shore.

Hozu river

Hozu river shore

Ducks on Hozu river

Boat shop on Hozu river

Ducks on Hozu river

Deep water on Hozu river boat tour
The boat turns to a really deep place.

Hozu river

Hozu river

Hozu river shore

Hozu river
Overall the tour was very nice.

Some pagoda
And we are off the boat finally, looking at some pagoda pretty far away.

Egrets on Hozu river
And while crossing the Togetsukyō we see some egrets.

Hozu river shore

Egrets on Hozu river

Egrets on Hozu river

Egrets on Hozu river

Egrets on Hozu river

Egrets on Hozu river

Togetsukyе█ bridge
Togetsukyō (Moon crossing) bridge itself. This is considered to be a very romantic bridge because it provides nice views sakura in spring and fall colors in fall. Another interesting fact that the river changes name after passing under the bridge. This side is Hozu river and the other side is Katsura river.

Hozu river from Togetsukyе█ bridre

Iwatayama monkey park map
On the other side of the river there is also Iwatayama monkey park, but we arrived there just 15 minutes before closing time and it was already becoming somewhat dark, so we decided not to go (entrance is not free obviously).

Iwatayama monkey park banner
Entrance to the Monkey park.

Geisha on Kyoto streets
Instead we turned back. Here we can see some sort of geisha we met on the way back.

Also on the way back we found a really cool shop that paints nice Japanese pictures on your clothes, we spend there consdrable time and it was completely dark outside when we went out. Of course no pictures allowed. Perhaps one day we'll make pictures of cool jeans we got there and share them.

In the evening we got back to Osaka, picked our bags at the hotel, jumped into shinkansen and returned to Tokyo.

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