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Current umbrella count: AC = 1 CW = 1

We decided today that we would make our way up to Kyoto. The only problem we ran into is that it was pouring rain that day. So, we did what we've done in many other situations, we just looked to see what everyone else was doing and then did that. So, we decided the best thing to do was to buy umbrellas and continue on our trip.

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We had read in our Lonely Planet book about a place called Arashiyama and how they had a bamboo forest and some great hikes, but it said it was far from Kyoto. So, we decided to just go to Kyoto. However, along our way we discovered that we actually passed by Arashiyama, so we got off there. We were both really glad that we did. It was an absolutley gorgeous area and it was really quiet (I thought it was quiet because it was out of the city, but then I realized that it was because of the rain). We walked through the gardens of an old temple and through a bamboo forest. The bamboo was soo thick it made it extremely dark in the forest. Once we got out of there we just wandered through the small town looking at the different types of houses. Arashiyama is a hard place to describe, pictures do it the most justice.
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After we walked around there we went to Kyoto station (34, 59 08N 135 45 29E for the Google Earth users out there). It is a VERY modern looking building in the middle of a 2000+ year old city. It caused quite an uproar when it was built. I think it provides a unique contrast to the rest of the city. There is a large department store in the station and outside there are escalators in a perfect line that go up 8 stories. It is impressive to see. Parts of them are also outside, so we had to make sure we had our umbrellas then as well.

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About 6 floors up there is a pedway that goes from one side of the station to the other. It is competely enclosed, but you can see out one side over Kyoto and the other side over the station. We wandered around there for a while and decided to get some food. When they sat us in the restaurant they asked us if we wanted smoking or non, so we said non and got put in the middle of two smoking tables. But, then we realized that most people in Japan smoke, so it will be hard to stay away from it.

After this we realized we were soaked and freezing so we just made our way back to Juso.

Posted by agc_cwm 05:20 Archived in Japan

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