Arashiyama, or Storm Mountain, is an area outside the western edge of Kyoto. It's one of my favorite places to visit for a quiet, relaxing day walk. It is home to the famous Sagano bamboo forest, located almost secretly behind Tenryuji temple (天龍寺). Beyond the bamboo forest, the number of tourists drop off, and the remaining temples, shrines, and old-style streets can be enjoyed on a more intimate level.

I enjoyed a hot bowl of noodles at an old woman's house, which she converted into a cozy udon shop. I made my way under the maple-covered streets to Otagi Nenbutsuji (愛宕念仏寺), a temple filled with over a thousand stone statues, each depicting different disciples of Buddha. Each with its own personalities and expressions.

One of my favorite pottery shops, Kotoen, is also located in Arashiyama. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood street, a fence opens up to a maple-covered garden and a shop window filled with hand-made Shigaraki ceramic pieces. The friendly owner tries to make casual English conversation over a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
Keywords:arashiyama, bamboo, green, japan, photography, shrines, temples, traditional, travel, 嵐山, 日本