Arashiyama bamboo forest & Monkey Park, Japan

My boyfriend and I have been planning for our Japan trip since last year. We just got back from the trip two weeks ago, and it was incredible! It’s sad to be back home to reality. Japan was so unique to me it made me feel right at home. The people were so friendly and helpful and the food; my goodness it's on another level.

On our trip we rode a bullet train 2 hours south of Tokyo to a very peaceful city called Kyoto. Kyoto is known to be traditional; you'll see traditional buildings, alleyways and temples. You may even spot a geisha. I think the town itself is very quiet, but at night everyone is out and ready to party.

We spent 4 days in Kyoto and stayed in a cozy Airbnb. The Airbnb was a mixture of a traditional Japanese and modern style home with tatami floors and sliding doors (you like how that rhymes LOL!). We did plenty of sightseeing around Kyoto. Here is part of our journey to the Arashiyama Monkey Park and Bamboo Forest...

Arashiyama Monkey Park

To get to Arashiyama Monkey Park, one has to endure a 30 min hike up a mountain. Once you get to the top, you'll have a fantastic view of the city especially on a clear day. I went on a foggy day, so I did not get much of the panoramic view. When I arrived, I was very surprised to see so many monkeys roaming freely. They were playing with each other, walking around, posing for you and waiting for you to feed them. There was also a little shack where the monkeys climbed. It was pretty crazy how close one could get to the monkeys and they were not fazed.

I was a little scared obvi.


How you zooing? I think this little guy watches the Wendy Williams show ;)

Monkey's are so wild yet so cute!

When you walk inside this little shack you can safely feed them without being attacked.

After finishing up at the monkey park we headed towards the Bamboo forest. On the way we spotted this beautiful scenery.

Bamboo Forest

After spending some time at the Monkey Park, we left for the Bamboo forest where we arrived at 4:00 pm. The Bamboo Forest is one of Japan’s most photographed and visited attractions, and thus I would recommend one to visit in the early morning to get some good shots with no one around. Plus, you will enjoy more being in the middle of the Bamboo forest without tourists bumping into you.

No photograph can capture the feeling of standing in the depths of the Bamboo forest.

You can see the amount of people who were walking through, gah so many!

Getting that side angel LOL. At this point my pants where so muddy from hiking (you can't see) and my hair was frizzy from the misty air. No cute photos here guys just keep on moving.

Spotted some cute girls dressed up in kimonos on our way back to the Airbnb.

Hope you guys enjoyed until my next adventure...