Chapter Four – Kyoto Day 3

“Today, we have Kyoto Marathon! Unfortunately, the road is closed now so the bus only can take you until here” Said the bus station officer with his best effort for explaining to me why the bus stop before we arrived at Arashiyama.

“You can walk! It’s only 10 minutes from here!”, He added it when he saw me with my confused-as-always face. 10 minutes walking for Japanese people = 30 minutes walking for Indonesian.

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Lesson of the day: Always check the current event of the city you desired to visit!

The bus I take from hostel to Arashiyama was made a stop and then turn back at Kyoto Bus Co. Ltd., Head Office building. It was 1,3 km before Togetsukyo bridge. Before start walking I bought some bottled drinks at Lawson because at the end I just take a long breath and agree with myself that I will walk to Arashiyama. I’m almost there! No turning back!

(Well, the worst thing that can happen is I get lost, going to the nearest police station, and they will took me to the nearest train station, right?).

(Or if the police can’t speak or understand english, scenario no 2: let’s give them my boss phone number and let him explain that his employee was lost and please take her to the nearest train station/bus stop)

(If Nakamura-san or Jimba-san read this: I probably will do scenario no 2 if I really get lost at Japan’s remote area where’s there is no internet signal. Hontōni gomen in advance *bowing*)

But actually, I have saw a special welcome sign at my hostel that welcoming people who joining Kyoto Marathon, also when I have breakfast at hostels common area, I met 3 persons wearing a complete running suit (running t-shirt, light parka, sports legging, running shoes, and running hat) but I have no idea the event will be held today! So after trying to remember, it’s my fault for not putting attention after all. Gomen, my feet -_-

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Kyoto Marathon 2017

It’s really fun to watch the marathon! Everyone is cheering up and give high-five to the marathon attendee (hmm, athletes?) and saying “Ganbareeee! Ganbare! Ganbare! Ganbare!”. If you watch my previous insta stories, you can see that we are not allowed yet to crossing the street. We have to wait until the marathon finished.

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20 minutes later, marathon for this area are finished

After the marathon was finished, we can finally cross the street! I directly go up for the bamboo groove!

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Find a beautiful house on my way up to the bamboo grove
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Make a quick stop at this shrine
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so you write your wish in a wooden block, and then hang it on the back
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After praying, you go shaking the big bells over there
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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove!
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Just in time when the sun came out
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So tall

 

After visiting Arashiyama bamboo grove, I went to Tenryuji Temple.

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‘Fluctuation of Relaxation’ #saidgoogletranslate
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I don’t mind living in here forever
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Very clean environment
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Swear to God I’m not editing the color. It’s just beautifuuuul.
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Even though it’s dry, still beautiful!

 

 

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*hold my breathe*
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Not really crowded because it’s still around 10am in the morning
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Here fishy fishy fishy
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I want to have a picnic here!
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I’m amazed with the fact that the weather is around 10 celsius and the plant is still alive

 

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pretty!
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Looks like tiny srikaya for me
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Google said this flower will be used for making high-quality paper in Japan
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Find ume tree on my back from Tenryuji Temple
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So colorful!
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Way down
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Katsura river
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You can rent a boat for cruising in Katsura river, 3000 yen for one hour!
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Hey birdie!

Arashiyama, check! Now moving to Kiyomizudera!

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Kiyomizudera entrance
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A huge ‘guci’ (hmm jar?) with incense on it
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The wooden-block-wish hanging wall
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You can also get some paper fortune reading in here. If it’s the good one, you take it back home, if it’s the bad one, you can hanging it on the temple.
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Go away bad luck!
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Breath-taking view!
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Way down
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You can drink water from here. And don’t worry about germs, because they have UV-sterilizer back there for the bailer
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Way up for exit
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This temple is huge!
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I wonder why they wearing apron…
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You can stop and having hot ocha and dango in here
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You can have it outdoor or indoor

Next, Fushimi Inari!

 

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Fushimi-Inari entrance
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A bit crowded because I’m going here in the evening
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Waiting until it’s empty and fastly take a picture
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My favorite photo. If only I could zoom a little bit more.

 

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Shiba-Inu!

For visiting the Tenryuji and Kiyomizudera, you have to pay 400 yen for the entrance ticket. But it’s worth it guys! I’m going to all those places (Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi-Inari) using Kyoto bus pass so I only have to pay 500 yen!

I’m going back to hostel around 7 pm with my feet that feel like a limp noodle. I really wish I could visit Kinkaku-ji and Toji temple but they are closed at 5 pm. Maybe this is a sign I have to visit Kyoto again someday? We’ll see!

 

 

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