Back to few, and really really delayed, posts of Japan again! I have noticed it is more and more difficult to edit the pictures and create the text what longer the time has passed from the trip itself.
One of the you have to see -places while visiting Kyoto is Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park!
Arashiyama area is incredible beautiful while arriving there. No specific reasons to point out but the feeling and balance of the place was something ... beautiful if you can say so? The area is divided in two by a wide river where flows boats (you can attend to those rides!) and the mountain is hiding under bright green trees giving the impression of a high green wall which reaches the sky.
We did not eat in the area but did try the famous and aesthetically beautiful caféteria called Arabica (%) (caféteria can also be find in Kyoto). The ice latte was great add to gain energy and ease the feeling of high temperature.
In the Internet, it is highly recommended to visit the bamboo forest during super early hours to avoid the crowds but I can ensure that it is as amazing to walk through with other tourists - for sure it is less magical and more difficult to take breathtaking and fairytale-liked pictures but in my opinion you can still enjoy it fully if you wake up at 10 am and not 5 am. The walk through the bamboo groves does not take so long time and that's why we walked the route back and forth and then continued to Monkey Park.
The monkey park is located in the top of the mountain in Arashiyama, in the other side of the river than bamboo forest. To get to the park you have to do a sweaty hike (well at least it was it for me with +35 degrees). The walk up there took something like 30 minutes with stops. The entry fee was 550 yen which was paid before hiking up. You also got a voucher which told how to act among monkeys and a handhold paper fan which was in high use for me while hiking (and sweating) top of the mountain.
The experience in the monkey park itself was nice; you can walk among them (but be aware all the time - they are still wild animals!) and go inside a small house where from you can buy fruit snacks to feed them through the barriers. Up from the mountain is also beautiful view of the city.
With over a hundred wild monkeys running wild free among yourself, it is a cool experience in my opinion but of course it is totally up to yourself is it worth of 550 yen. But, if you are visiting Arashiyama during summer months, you can be as lucky as us in July and witness also two dozens baby monkeys!
A good reminder to behave well among the monkeys is the situation which I saw aside while our visit: one younger girl (for sure also more children) was kind of too positively aggressive and close for one monkey and for revenge it peed on her from the tree...exactly. Good to end the selling speech of Arashiyama here, haha!
I have to also recommend that if you want to send some unique and beautiful postcards from Japan, buy those from the older local man who is selling his own painted pictures as postcards in the path of the bamboo forest. A postcard costs only 100 yen and by that you will also support a small entrepreneur and artist who is the sweetest ever! He had also a world map where he marked where from his customers are coming from - so cute!
IMPORTANT TIP: If it is sunny and hot day without any clouds in the sky so take an umbrella or hat/cap with you, Arashiyama is really open place despite of all the trees and the heat feels really strong (expect in the shadows of bamboo groves). And, waterbottles!
Check the website called Inside Kyoto to see how to get easily to Arashiyama (we used the 30 min bus ride and it was handy and easy) and what other places you can visit in Arashiyama area because there is also several temples, bike-renting et cetera!