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Kyoto, Tokyo’s smaller, browner, little sister

19th May 2017

Approaching Kyoto starring out the window of the bullet train, the first thing I noticed was (when compared with Tokyo) how much more normal a place it looked. Far fewer high rise buildings, not so futuristic and less crazy, in your face advertising. Formally the Imperial Capital of Japan, Kyoto is now only the countries 11th biggest city.

Famous for its many Buddhist temples, gardens, Shinto shrines and streets lined with traditional wooden houses – where you’ll find many a Geisha! …We were excited to take a look around!

One of the first things we did in Kyoto was trek up to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. There are a few entrances into the bamboo, and after learning it is one of the most photographed sites in the city we made sure to keep walking and avoid the crowds.

The towering wands of green/teal bamboo is not like any normal forest you’ve ever seen! Unforunately photos don’t capture the magic of this place, but non-the-less, take a look at ours below!

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