Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Beautiful Fall Day in Arashiyama

Maple Leaves on Bamboo
Today, we decided to go to Arashiyama, which is about an hour and a half northeast of us, just outside of Kyoto.  The kids and I went in late May last year, but we knew we wanted to head back in fall with John to see the leaves.  It's a great place to visit, it has a good amount of things for the kids to do, that also interest us.

We went to the Bamboo Garden, the Monkey Park and John and Maximo took a canoe up the river.  It was a nice fall day, but we wish it was a bit cooler.  Arashiyama was packed with people (but not too bad by Japanese standards).  There was a huge parade snaking through town too which jammed the roads a bit.  In a few weeks, when all the Japanese maple trees turn red, it'll be even busier!

Monkey Rules

The slide leaving the Monkey Park



A maiko (geisha apprentice) in the parade

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