I’ve been to Kyoto many times, walking around its avenues, alleys and temples, but for some reason up until last Summer I had never visited the Arashiyama area and Sagano. It was an amazing walk, even under the rain of the typhoon that was passing through Japanese skies that day.
We crossed the bamboo forest hearing the wind opening its path through thousands of canes several meters tall, we drank tea in the house of a great Japanese actor of the beginnings of last century, we got lost in the endless stairs leading to temples, we looked for shelter in a souvenir shop when it started to rain heavily and we crossed Tenryu-ji temple where the most beautiful things are the garden and the pond that are hidden behind the honden (main building).
Matcha and some candy to recover energies in the middle of the day.
The best way to get to the area is using the JR Sagano line from Kyoto station until Saga Arashiyama station, it takes 15 minutes.