“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.
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 -_-
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.
After the marathon was finished, we can finally cross the street! I directly go up for the bamboo groove!
After visiting Arashiyama bamboo grove, I went to Tenryuji Temple.
Arashiyama, check! Now moving to Kiyomizudera!
Next, Fushimi Inari!
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!