On the morning of July 4 2015, we decided to split up into two groups because two of the interns wanted to go to Nara, but the rest of us didn’t.
Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. It is historic monument because it is on the side of a cliff. Unfortunately, when we went there, the main hall was closed so we could only see the main balcony. It was still cool to see and the weather wasn’t bad. It wasn’t sunny, but It wasn’t raining or cold.
Then we met up with the other two interns. We then went around Arashiyama. The first place in Arashiyama was a famous bridge in kyoto called the Togetsukyo Bridge. The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama’s most iconic landmark. Togetsukyo Bridge means Moon Crossing Bridge. The bridge looks particularly attractive in combination with the forested mountainside in the background. A riverside park with dozens of cherry trees is located just adjacent to the bridge. It was raining so we didn’t spend much time on the bridge, but we took many pictures from the end.
The second place in Arashiyama was a famous bamboo forest called the bamboo groves. The walking paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride, but it was raining so we only did a little bit of the trails. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries.