Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan (Tenryu-ji Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove)

When my mom asked me what my favourite part of our Japan trip was, I non-hesitantly answered Kyoto.

I grew up watching the anime Samurai X (Rorouni Kenshin) and since then I have always been fascinated by old Japan. I wanted to live in a traditional Japanese house, wear a kimono, and just live an awesome life like the characters in the anime. While watching the anime, I always hear of “Kyoto” as some of the scenes took place there. I thought Kyoto was an imaginary place until I became educated of the world outside my country and discovered it was a real place. Kyoto may be different in real life but it was awesome nonetheless. It is one place worth visiting. It was quite far from Osaka but the trip was worth it. Going there for a day is not enough. I wish we had more time to go around so I can pretend to be Kaori and possibly find my Kenshin.

Dress: from Bangkok | Sneakers: Stradivarius | Socks: H&M
Sunglasses: Jellybean | Tote: from Malaysia | Hair bow: Forever 21 | Bracelets: Bershka

Dress: from Bangkok | Sneakers: Stradivarius | Socks: H&M
Sunglasses: Jellybean | Tote: from Malaysia | Hair bow: Forever 21 | Bracelets: Bershka

Our first destination was Tenryu-ji Temple. It wasn’t our intention to go here but my mom was curious to see the zen garden and also because it was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. I didn’t want to go here initially because I really wanted to see Okochi Sanso Villa which was nearby. But we don’t have time to see both and I saw that my mom really wanted to see this temple so I had to give in. I was happy we got to see the temple anyway because it was exactly how I pictured a temple would look like. It was huge and the garden was a maze but truly beautiful.

The exit of the temple connects to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Who would believe that even bamboo trees can be an attraction? I really wanted to go here and I was glad that it connects to the temple – less time for walking and trying-to-find-the-place and more time to enjoy the attractions. It was extremely hot and humid during our trip as it was summer but the bamboo trees gave a cooling effect. I don’t know what it is but it also had a calming effect; the way it played on the sunlight and the cooling feeling all contributed to calming the nerves and the senses.

At the end of the bamboo grove lay the villa I so wanted to visit but due to time constraints, we had to pass. We didn’t even finish the entire bamboo path. Maybe next time, if there is a next time, I shall walk through the end of the bamboo grove and see the villa. But the temple and even just a little of the bamboo grove was worth the trip. Added to the attraction are the people roaming around fully dressed in their yukata’s. Honestly, I can live here. 


  1. Take me there!! ><
    Your outfit is so lovely anyway :D

    Big Dreamer

    1. Thank you! I want to take myself there again too.

  2. OMG, thanks a lot for your words and all support. You're so adorable :D

    You look very comfy :D Love all look ant this photos are amazing :D

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  3. This is such a lovely post! I enjoyed reading. Happy holidays!


  4. Your photos are gorgeous ! This place looks wonderful :)