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Seasonal changes among nature in Kyoto: Arashiyama

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Seasonal changes among nature in Kyoto: Arashiyama

Travelers to Japan or residents, you may relate to my words when it comes to the natural beauty of the country. More than that, the season changes. Kyoto is exquisite, and there is a place where you can have it for free. Are you interested? If so, let's discover it!

Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

Published on 05 Aug, 12:00

I come from Colombia, a country located in South America and near the Equator. The conditions that make my country beautiful, also make it impossible to have seasons. I always wondered how it was to feel winter, spring, and summer. But, when I had the chance to live in Japan, all of that became true.

I went to Japan on two occasions, living in different cities. During my last time, I spent one year and a half in Kyoto.

Kyoto is well known for its traditions and architecture. The city has several centuries of history, being loved by tourists from all over the world. Perhaps some of you do not relate Kyoto to nature, but that is also one of its attributes.

Kyoto is surrounded by mountains, and there are some spots where you can immerse yourself in its landscapes. One of them, and my favorite to find peace and breathe, is Arashiyama.

My picture at the Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, 2020
My picture at the Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, 2020

I first went to Arashiyama in the summer of 2019. I remember being amazed by the high number of bamboos and the trees around its river, as well as mountains.

My first time at Arashiyama, I walked all the paths of the bamboos, and you should do it! Other than that, I crossed the famous Togetsukyou bridge, which is a mandatory stop. I remember also seating near a small cafeteria and buying some traditional candies, and drinks.

By the river at Arashiyama, 2019
By the river at Arashiyama, 2019

This area is well-kept and has an animal park, restaurants, and water activities. Entering the bamboo forest, and even a kimono's forest nearby, is free.

Kimono forest at Arashiyama, 2020
Kimono forest at Arashiyama, 2020

That visit to Arashiyama was perfect, there is nothing that I would like to change about it. I remember that although it was a hot day, the trees made it fresh, and I could sit down in the shadow. At that time, I thought that it was going to be my only time visiting, but things changed.

As soon as autumn came in 2020, the leaves of the season made me excited to go out and appreciate them. My boyfriend (now my husband), who is Japanese, suggested we go and look in Arashiyama. I lived 40 min away from the place by walking, but we decided to give it a try.

The season changes were intense, the place had many visitors, and everyone looked pleased by the surroundings. At that time, I felt that Arashiyama was more than a one-time visit.

As it was getting chilly, we took some pictures and went down to the nearby street. The path from the Arashiyama station is full of stores and restaurants. I remember that we bought a cheese stick to warm ourselves. It was delicious and it warmed us!

View to the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama, 2020
View to the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama, 2020

Without a doubt, this green area and full of traditions is a spot worth visiting not only once but around the year. Arashiyama can offer you a lot of activities that do not cost anything!

I could not visit it the last spring, and I regret that. But I heard from my acquaintances that there were many trees and cherry blossoms around!

Cherry blossoms at Arashiyama
Cherry blossoms at Arashiyama

Winter, on the other side, is cold but still worth appreciating. A hot drink will be necessary, but I am sure you will not regret it.

Winter near the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama
Winter near the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama

To conclude my article, I know visiting Japan 4 times could be difficult. But, if one of the readers has the chance to come two times, going to Arashiyama is a perfect option!

Every season has its magic, and the place does not lose its enchant! I know you will feel happy with the surroundings and discover more about the natural side of Japan.
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Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

こんにちは!Hello Everyone! 🌼🌼 I am Carolina, a Japanese culture lover and digital content creator! I am happy to share with you my memories of living in Japan and studying there!!! Also, I am married to a Japanese now 💕 You can check my posts and my YouTube channel: misakissme ☺️

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