Kyoto: Arashiyama

On our previous visit to Kyoto we failed to get to the monkey park in Arashiyama, so this time on Nov 27th we decided to do it.

Kyoto Tower
On the way to the train at Kyoto station I looked back to take this Kyoto Tower picture.

Walking to Arashiyama from Saga-arashiyama station
We arrived to Saga-Arashiyama station (same station you go to for Tenshi no Sato, only you then go in other direction) and went towards the mountains.

Arashiyama
We reached the river somewhat quickly.

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Arashiyama
Unfortunately it was an overcast day.

Arashiyama

Bought our monkey park tickets, we went up the mountain until reaching the actual monkey place. It took about 20 minutes walk. 

Arashiyama
Fall colors were already at almost peak.

Monkey in a park
The first monkey we saw was sitting on a piece of rope all lonely.

Monkey in a park
And then a few more steps up there was a whole lot of them.

Many warnings all around about not eating or even giving any hints you might be having food on you to avoid any attacks.  Food could only be bought and eaten inside that house with bars on windows. That's where you were supposed to feed monkey from.

This is a actually a monkey research place, and Japanese macaques live there.

Monkey in a park

Little monkey

Little monkey

Little ones are always popular ;)

Little monkey

Monkeys freely roam around and seemingly could leave the park any time, though I imagine they are not very keen on that idea as they would lose a very stable food supply.

Monkey in a park

Fish in monkey park

There's also a koi pond at the grounds, I imagine monkeys are too full not to try to catch the fish (though the red one in the picture was injured on the head).

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park
This one was a monkey with a lot of funny facial expressions.

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park

Arashiyama and Kyoto from the hill
View of the river and the Kyoto.

Fish pond

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park

Little monkey rider
This little one seems to like to ride his mom ;)

Mnkey park
Monkey grounds from the top part.

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park

Monkey in a park
While the mother an the baby are sleeping, the father is on guard circling around.

Monkey in a park

And time for us to leave.

Slide in monkey park
On the way out there is this long (but narrow) slide. I imagine monkeys like to slide down it at times.

trail in money park
We are taking a bit different return route, an empty dirt road. (The path up was a walkway with tons of steps).

Arashiyama
And we are back at the river.

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Late lunch time, this is Oyakoudon that Ksusha had.

Katsudon
And this is my Katsudon.

fresh mushrooms
Street sellers selling fresh mushrooms.

Colorful way
And this is some sort of sakura way at Arashiyama station. These pillars could also be lit, but I imagine that mostly happens only at night.

American house
A very American-looking house we stumbled upon on the way back.

Back at the Saga-arashiyama station we discover Torokko station just besides it. It hosts a steamer museum and also romantic train line along the river.

We decided to peek in.

Steamer museum

Steamer museum

Steamer museum

Steamer inside
They even had one steamer cut open to show how it looks inside.

We also tried to buy a ticket to the Torokko line ride, that also known as Sagano Scenic Railway, but alas, all tickets with assigned seats were sold out and only standing room was remaining, so we decided to try for it on another day.

So on Nov 29th we went there somewhat in the morning, yet only last two scheduled trains had any seats left, so we bought a roundtrip ride one previous to last one.

Romantic Torokko train arrival

Romantic Torokko train arrival
Waiting for the train to approach, everybody is all excited.

Torokko train car
This is the car we took to the Kameoka direction.

Torokko train car

Start of the journey
After departure first part of the ride only had views on the other side from where we were seating.

Then after stopping at the first station and going thorough a tunnel we finally got some views too

Views from Torokko train
The ride is along the Hozu river.

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train
Yellow evening sun reflects from the river making it look yellow too.

Views from Torokko train
Boat from Hozu river tour, a popular way to get back from Kameoka.

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train
Approaching Torokko-Kameoke station.

Torokko Kameoka station
And the view from Torokko-Kameoka station.

Torokko locomotion
We exit our car and move to the car that we will be riding back - the very first car this time.

Torokko Kameoka station
Another view from Torokko-Kameoka station.

Open torokko car
This is the car we were taking back, lacking any windows and the like. And the weather was actually pretty chilly.

Open torokko car

Views from Torokko train

Tanuki at Torokko Hozukyo station
Family of Tanuki at Torokko Hozukyou station.

Torokko Hozukyo station
And also a bridge at the same station.

Views from Torokko train

And it was getting darker and darker pretty fast.

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train
Whenever we get this close to the river boats everybody would get all friendly and wave and photograph each other.

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train
This is a boat that sells drinks and food to people passing by on the other boats ;)

Views from Torokko train
Passing by a very expensive Japanese hotel - Hoshinoya Kyoto.

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Views from Torokko train

Torokko locomotion
And finally we are back at Saga-Arashiyama station.

Steamer museum illumination
Illumination at the museum.

Fruit cake
Back in the hotel Ksusha enjoyed her seasonal fruit cake (pear).

Raspberry chocolate cake
And this Raspberry chocolate cake was for me. It was sold by a "Baikal" company (apparently some sort of French confectionery maker) in the underground shopping center at Kyoto station.

Raspberry chocolate cake
This one is also from "Baikal" but saved for the next day ;)

This concludes Arashiyama visits.

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