Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves @ Kyoto - Japan

We arrived at Kyoto after visiting Himeji and Hiroshima regions.
This is our 2nd time visiting Kyoto as we could not finish seeing
all the interesting places 2 years ago.

This trip, we headed to Arashiyama area where you will be able
to have long pleasant walks in the Winter chills, along
the winding bamboo paths, uphills and down hills
till the river banks of the tranquil Oi River.



 1. This is the famous Togetsukyo Bridge over the Oi River.



2. It is lovely to sit by the river banks of Oi River
with your loved ones to cherish the happiest days.
We must learn to forgive & forget everything.
Let our anger & sorrows flow down the river.



 3. Many people are not aware that the China's 
ex Premier Zhou En Lai was educated in Japan during
his younger days.



 4. This talented Chinese premier had written famous poems
which has been engraved on the stones.




 5. A close up of his famous poem. What did he say?




6. I saw some colourful posters of the Japanese ritual ceremony.
Japan's culture is always steeped in Confucianism with very rich 
& traditional festivals alongside many religious ceremonies.




7. You can walk around the Bamboo Groves and smell the fresh greens.
You can also get the muscular men to carry you on rickshaws!




 8. This is the long path at the bamboo grove. It is always packed
with hundreds of tourists & China comrades.
How come it was quiet?




 9. On our way out to catch the train to another spot, we stopped
to eat our lunch. Ultra Man dined at this Curry restaurant before.



10. We had Chicken Fillet Curry Rice. It was delicious & spicy hot.




 11. The best new dish we ate was the Vegetarian Curry Rice
with sprinkled cheese & sun dried tomatoes, brinjal and potatoes!
Very Sedap!


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This is the very brand new hotel we stayed at Kyoto -
Urban Nijo Premium Hotel which is very near the JR Line station.
The whole place smelled so new and crisp with modern decors.
We got the special price about RM300 a night.
Their Onsen Hotspring is so popular with the guests making
this hotel fully booked until December 2016..
Just 3 available dates available in November with exorbitant rates
at between RM800 - 900 a night.



12. This room was very "BIG" compared to others we stayed in Japan.
My Tips - always book "Double Twin Beds" in Japan so that the room 
will be slightly bigger with extra space in between the 2 beds.



 13. They have smart designs like round table with fridge
and kettle beneath.



 14. The whole tiny bathroom has got see-through glass without
privacy to shower or poop. That way will make the user feel
that it is luxuriously spacious inside.




 15. The breakfast was fabulous but not so cheap lah. The guests
packed and ate non stop. The waiters had to continously refill all
the empty trays on the 3 long buffet tables.




16. I had to play with my food sometimes and drew
my wife's face that morning!
Muahahahahaha!


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44 comments:

  1. Anay so lucky to see the procession!

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    1. Hey you were running and doing speed reading kah? I mentioned seeing posters. It was so colourful that I had to snap them to share. LOL

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  2. I like the design of the room... clever use of compact space.

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    1. That was my first time seeing a very different hotel using compact and space saving layout & decors. Their security was tight and even breakfast dining hours are phased out. They have a self check out system where you just slot your card inside the machine & good bye. So canggih la.

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  3. My mom and I love Kyoto too, that we plan to go back again if we have the chance. You are so lucky that the bamboo groove was so empty and quiet. Most of the times crowded with Japanese especially.
    The room is super duper cheap. I love the way they designed the round table.

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    1. You have covered so many countries and places. I am impressed la.

      I also liked the design of the hotel's rooms and self check out system. They are so advanced.

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  4. Kyoto is a very nice place but sadly, like Anay, Thambee did not manage to see all the places too during his visit two years ago.. Thambee wants to go to Kyoto again and see more, including this Bamboo Groves that he has missed as well as strolling along Oi River that he did not do!!

    curry katsu rice, hehehe, i also had the same thing when i was there.. you stayed in a very comfortable hotel, i still remember 5 of us squeezed inside one tatami room but it was fun.. we were served breakfast inside the room and the room also comes with one complimentary mini kaiseki lunch at an old restaurant nearby.. i like that plate that comes with 9 squares on your table, it is a nice idea for buffet especially if we want to try just a little of everything!!

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    1. I still want to visit Kyoto again because I have not finished touring the places. I need to sleep there for 5 nights to be contented.

      I have been toying with the bookings to sleep on Tatami mats but those traditional Ryokans costs a bomb! Only those all-male or all-female hotels are afforable with tatami mats.

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  5. The bamboos look so nice, oh how I miss Japanese Curry Rice, must go eat one of these days...

    The hotel looks really small

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    1. Muahaha, the last photo looks hilarious

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    2. I love what you wrote here: We must learn to forgive & forget everything.
      Let our anger & sorrows flow down the river.

      Yes, forgive and forget (not easy though) but it is only then we will release the burden of hate from our shoulders

      Forgive and forget not because you don't hate, but because you love

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    3. It is so true. My mouth always say forgiven but head kept thinking of it in my sleep! Terrible me.

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  6. Looking at your photos reminds me of my trip to Arashiyama. Beautiful place. Hahaha, you are so talented. Can do food art. When I saw the photo, I say eh, why was there a woman on your plate - rupa-rupanya is your beloved wife gambar. You are so pannai.

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    1. I am amazed that you have retired after visiting so many places and countries in the world. I am just a beginner. LOL Have you ever visited Hokkaido regions? I need to decide whether to see flowers or snow.

      I am good at painting but I have not dabbled for a long time.

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    2. No, I have not been to Hokkaido because everytime I plan to go Japan, I must go to Kyoto. Addicted to Kyoto.

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    3. Hola! You must be from Kyoto in your past lives like us. I will visit Sapporo next. Now praying hard la.

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  7. I know Kyoto, but never had a chance to come here, budget issues.. Ehhh, so poetic, forgive and forget and let our sowwors and anger flow away with the river, wahloa.. Eh, after the tour guide says "lai lai, time's up, go back to the bus", wah, that time, sure all the anger come back again la, hahahaha.. I eat Japanese curry before, I don't really like it coz it tasted a bit sweet.. My favourite is still the chicken/beef rendang where you get to eat in Malay wedding or mamak stalls nasi kandar..

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    1. I think we humans have mood swings so often - happy, angry and sad. How to control ah?

      Hey, I think you need to ask SK where to find good Japanese curry in KL. It should not be sweet at all. Why you add sugar?? Hihihihihi

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    2. I always love to attend Malay weddings as I could eat unlimited nasi tomato, nasi beriyani, curries, rendangs and pineapple curry!! Yummy!

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  8. Good morning TM... The weather here is so hot...

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    1. Good evening Queen.

      The weather is cooler today. Rain rain please come again.

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  9. No. 16, you are so creative, to draw your wife face with the foods, hehe...

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    1. It did not look like her at all. I will try again next time.

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  10. Thanks for sharing....lovely view of Bamboo forest and so lucky that its empty for you to enjoy!
    Both of you must a Lovely dovey couple ... you want to eat your wife's face too!hahaha

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    1. Yes we are a lovey dovey couple and still courting everyday! Muahahahaha

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  11. Did you encounter any hungry Chinese comrades at the hotel buffet? To be honest, I would've loved to see their antics hahaha!

    I would've loved to take a stroll in those bamboo alcove place, seems like I am addicted to taking a walk in cool countries nowadays...

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    1. I just read the website updates that the Thai restaurant defended the tourists that they were in a hurry to catch a flight that day. They went on to say that they have improved their services and buffet trays so that everyone will have enough. So pandai la the restaurant to cook up covers for this incident that happened 2 years ago!

      You will become like me soon. I have the itch to be somewhere for Winter.

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  12. Kyoto.. there is a shop named after this place last time in Ipoh.. Like the river scenery and meaning, let all anger flow away and forget it... Yes, I heard Japan hotels can be very expensive, nice hotel you booked there for RM300.. if it is RM800, then really very pricey.. very limited space but looks comfortable and clean!

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    1. Hey, I think you are a happy mummy who has no anger to let it flow out. You look like a very forgiving person.

      Hotels in Japan could be cheaper than KL when we book early and choose low seasons.

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  13. Wow, you were in Kyoto too? I was Maiko for a day when I was there. Didn't your wife try? It was so fun!

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    1. Wow! You should share your Maiko photos. My wife is shy. Next time I will don the samurai suits and climb the bamboos! Wakakaka

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  14. Oh...how come no tourists at the Bamboo Grove..Hey..did you make them invisible? I must visit this place if happen to go Japan again.The scene is so soothing and I think can get lot of zen too. Hahha

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    1. Yes you should visit Kyoto next. Tell your darling to book tickets now.

      The tourists ran away when they saw me. LOL

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  15. Yeah! Your room is big when compare to ours in Tokyo. I hope Anay was able to bend down to clean your toes when taking bath.

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    1. Wakakaka! You are so clever to guess correctly. I went to their free onsen bath instead. I could not turn much inside the glass showers of our guest room.

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  16. Yeah! Your room is big when compare to ours in Tokyo. I hope Anay was able to bend down to clean your toes when taking bath.

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  17. I want a photo along the bamboo walking with a face of peace so I could upload it on FB but it means that I need to travel back to Japan. The bridge reminds me of Sangklaburi. The waters alone is very inviting for a swim.

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    1. I can supply you all the bamboo shots if you wish! 5555
      Where is Sangklaburi? The water there under the bridge at Oi River was flowing like scary rapids. Anyone could be drowned by the unseen under currents. I love to swim in chilly rivers which has many big rocks.

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  18. Lol! But u did create a nice face… the room and the bathroom is very compact and I liked that round table adapt with many. I have seen this bamboo grove in a Tamil film song sequences and it was the background of a duet. The river bank is very pleasant to visit and peaceful to cherish

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    1. The Bollywood movies have been filmed in almost all the famous places in the world. I used to enjoy watching the song and dance clips by the Indian movie stars. So lively and entertaining indeed.

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  19. i was there 2 years ago but i didn't see the Zhou Enlai poem monument.

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    1. Please go again but during the daytime ok.

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  20. If I have chance to visit Kyoto again I want to go to that bamboo groves to take picture.

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    1. Just pray and think of it. The reality will come lah! That's what I always do.

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