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On our third day back in Kobe we took the train to Kyoto to visit Sogenchi Gardens, the Bamboo Grove and Nijo Castle. We changed trains in Kyoto and took another train to Arashiyama where we walked out to the Bamboo Grove and Sogenchi Gardens.

Sogenchi Gardens

Sogenchi Gardens

Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove

This was one of my favorite places to visit. The Bamboo groves and the gardens were beautiful. It was early fall and the trees in the Gardens were just starting to turn color.

Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove

 

My wife found this sign in the women’s restroom at Sogenchi Gardens. It got quite a chuckle but it does make sense because of the type of toilets found in Asia and the middle east.

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Sogenchi Garden

Sogenchi Garden

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It was on this trip that we discovered green tea ice cream. At the time we didn’t know what it was. We kept seeing the large displays for ice cream but the ice cream was green. We decided to buy some but still couldn’t figure out what flavor it was. Later Justin told us it was green tea. Before we returned home we bought a supply of matcha green tea so we could make green tea ice cream at home.

We returned to Kyoto later in the day and took a bus out to Nijo Castle. The train service in Kyoto is not nearly as good as Kobe so traveling to the tourist spots is via bus. We really didn’t have enough time to see the sights in Kyoto so a return trip is probably in the cards.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

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One Comment

    • Sukanya Ramanujan
    • Posted January 18, 2016 at 8:26 AM
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    I didn’t get to visit Arashiyama- hope to visit sometime!


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