Secret Garden

Today, me and my family decided to have a travel on a bit far place 😀 Our chosen destination: Arashiyama! 😀

Well, last winter holiday, we’ve been to Arashiyama as well. But last time, we arrived at night and a bit disappointing, just like I wrote here. That’s why, this time we decided to go a bit earlier to Arashiyama. And not like before where we use tramway, this time, we used Hankyu Line which is connected with Karasuma Line near our home. 😀

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when we arrived at Arashiyama Station, we were greeted by sakura trees lining near the . 😀

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And when we walked toward Katsura River from Arashiyama Hankyu Station, apparently sakura flowers has started to bloom. 😀 Everyone looks excited to have a picture of the flower or just enjoying it while having some picnic under the tree. 🙂 The weather was also perfect for some picnic. 😀

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So, after we walk for a while, we found there are stands selling food. 😀 Since we haven’t had any lunch yet, our stomach were growling. We decided to take a break and have something to eat. But in the end we only eat some softcream (sakura flavor for me), and additional Mitarashi Dango for me while Takoyaki for my big bro. 😀

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To be honest, the sakura flavored softcream’s taste was a bit funny. 😀 It’s sweet but had and additional herb taste inside it. :p Well, if you look clearly on the picture, there’s a hint of sakura leaves added inside the softcream. 😀 But nevertheless, it taste nice. :9

So after finishing the softcream, we continue our walk. 😀 Of course while taking pictures of sakura here and there. 🙂 It was beautiful! 😀 And the nice weather added the feel. 😀

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And it seems not only us who were having fun with the season. I saw few girls are taking pictures of them in kimono and couples taking picture for pre-wedding photographs. 😀 Well, it is indeed beautiful 🙂

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A bit starving, we decided to buy another snack. But with my dad can’t eat rice or four, buying snack is a bit tricky. Luckily, on the way we found a shop selling croquette. 😀 And to add the luck, they only use beef inside it! No pork! \(=w=)/ Yeah! This one is mainly potato croquette with a hint of beef. 😀 And it taste yummy! :9

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Since I heard that Tenryuuji was one of the heritage in the world, I decided to take my family to visit this place. 😀 After all, it’s still open and the garden was famous. 😀 My mom loves gardens, remember? 😉

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The entrance fee was 600 yen for both temple and garden, and 500 yen for garden only entrance. We decided to took the both entrance. 😀

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The inside of the temple was simple but beautiful. And there’s the famous dragon painting on the sliding door 😀 Cool! 😀 After looking around the temple, this time is the main course: the garden! \(=w=)/

The garden was beautiful. 😀 Soooo beautiful! With calming zen garden, pond, and the moon over the blue sky..  Perfect! 😀

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But.. The course is not stopped there. 😀 We walked further inside the garden and found garden filled with beautiful flowers. Weeping sakura, plum trees, and so on. So so beautiful. Of course, we should took a snap, right? 😉

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My big bro and me decided to take a pic. But somehow.. It feels miss of. Me with the macho pose and my big bro with the feminine pose. A-ha.. (=w=|||)

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When we get out of the garden, it was already 5.30 PM.. We’re late 30 minutes to get out of the garden. We were lucky we didn’t locked inside the garden. (=w=|||) Our next destination was the bamboo forest. But, since my parents were already satisfied with Tenryuuji, and my mom’s condition is a bit bad since she’s a bit ill, we decided to go back fast. 😦

But since my mom needs some rest, when we found a shop selling tofu doughnuts, we decided to buy 1 for each and have some rest for a while. And you know, the doughnuts taste not so bad. :9 In fact, I love it. 😀

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Accompanied with moon and sakura trees on the way, we go back to Arashiyama Hankyu Station to get back to downtown Kyoto. 🙂

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And so, with that our short Arashiyama trip has done. 😀

I guess that’s all for now. 😀 Jya~ne! 🙂

Sincerely, Bena nDR

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