For the second part of our fifth day in Japan Josh and I visited the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, which was quite beautiful. There was a walkway in the middle of the forest and many rickshaw runners taking couples on a scenic tour of the area. As you might imagine all the ricksahw runners were in great shape and we were even surprised to see that there were a couple women pulling the rickshaws. I couldn’t allow myself to be pulled around in the crazy heat so Josh and I did the walk the old fashioned way, with our own two feet.
After we had walked around the Bamboo Forest we stumbled across a garden on our way back to the subway station. We walked around and took pictures of the garden before heading back for our room. Unfortunately I didn’t keep track of the garden’s name, so it will remain random garden in Kyoto in my memory. Overall I have to say that I really did like Kyoto in comparison to Tokyo. Kyoto has a much more peaceful atmosphere and you are never too far from a shrine or garden, even in the more populated parts of the city.