Tuesday, December 31, 2013

fam bam - arashiyama

Continuing with the animal theme, we headed over to Arashiyama in Kyoto to visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

I definitely recommend buying some food to feed the monkeys. Go for the apples! Some other people bought the peanuts and they were totally ignored for our delicious apples. Prior to going to Arashiyama we grabbed some food at Kyoto Station.

The boyfriend of the person who took our picture took a picture of us with his own camera. That was super awkard... Did anyone else know about these steps at the station?? If you head all the way to the top there are a whole bunch of food options and a Ramen Village where you can pose as a ramen chef. Another noodle soup dish meal...

I'm cooking a spoon :P
Walking across the Togetsukyo Bridge, you'll be able to reach the touristy shopping area of Arashiyama. Here you'll find the Randen Arashiyama Station where you can find the Kimono Forest which features yuzen a type of kimono dying.

these tubes light up at night making it even prettier
While shopping my brother bought a samurai umbrella. We wanted him to pose like a samurai in the Sagano Bamboo Forest but all we got was this...

Unfortunately the samurai umbrella was too long to fit inside their checked luggage and couldn't be brought on the plane as a carry on. He had to leave it at the airport and when I called Lost and Found at the airport they said they didn't have it. We took the bus here from Kyoto Station which took a long time. I should really look into alternative transportation to this area because the bus isn't very efficient or even considerably cheaper. While waiting for the bus to head back to the station, we managed to document the fact that three of us wore the same colored pants - this was not coordinated!

The bus never came! Not sure if it's due to the holiday but buses going to Arashiyama were still working but none were going in the opposite direction. We finally ended up walking to the Hankyu Arashiyama Station and just caught a train directly back to Osaka where we grabbed dinner at a izakaya, a Japanese drinking establishment that also serves food.

family minds think alike - we color coordinated without meaning to
To read about my previous visit to the monkey park click here.

The Details
Arashiyama Area - UPDATED APRIL 2014
Bus line # 11, #28, and #93 go to this area but only #28 goes all the way to the Kyoto Main Station. As of March 22nd 2014 the Kyoto One Day Bus Pass is also valid in the Arashiyama Area!
If you are based in Osaka (like we were) I recommend taking the Hankyu line from Umeda Station to Arashiyama (Hankyu) Station. Lowest fare is 390 yen and will take around 1 hour.

JR pass holders:
Access: Sagaarashiyama Station from Kyoto Station - JR line
Ticket: 230 yen

Iwatayama Monkey Park
8 Arashiyama Genrokuyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007, Japan
tel: 075-872-0950
hours: spring & summer: 9:00am-5:00pm, winter: 9:00am-4:00pm
entrance fee: adult: 550 yen, child: 250 yen, under 4 years old free

1 comment:

  1. Uhhh how come YOU guys didn't get any of those ugly ass glasses?