As much as I was looking forward to seeing the bamboo trees, and as much as I wish the walk was slow and peaceful, I ran through most of it, hysterically. You know when you get attacked by mosquitoes and it itches so much it feels like your legs are on fire and you kind of lose your mind? Well, that was me, trying to take pictures (all of which turned out blurry) with phone in one hand and a fan in the other, swatting my legs, running ahead and taking in what I could of the scenery in a panic. Regardless of all that, it was beautiful, and I recommend everyone stop by here if you find yourself in Kyoto.
So all photo credit goes to @skaqudenus 🎋📸
Whoever plans to venture into this forest..this is your warning: buy some bug spray beforehand! 😭
The famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest ( grove) is a top thing to do in the Arashiyama District. Having seen all the pics, i am now guilty of posting one myself without the crowds and the wide paths going through it. Perhaps better to come at midnight or dawn, otherwise the mystique is lost. I guess that's why leaving your expectations behind when you travel can lead to more rewarding experiences. I also find that the discoveries you make that aren't in the tour books or found on the top IG posts are often the best. A couple years back when i hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it was the discovery of the "minor" ruins along the way (i'd never seen pics of before) that left the biggest impression on me. Of course, Machu Pichuu was spectacular, but I'd seen it before in hundreds of photos and seeing it with the hords who just walked off buses and trains was a bit anticlimactic. I guess i'm saying I'm more of an experience person than a sightseeer- immersion in nature or culture -but we knew that.
In your travels, what's been your favorite discovery or experience?