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Y’ALL. I have never in my life seen such magnificent autumn foliage! Our day trip to Arashiyama was definitely my favorite day in Japan, if only for the beautiful landscape and incredibly rich colors we saw everywhere we turned. Each set of trees and views was better than the last – Jess and I couldn’t stop saying “this is crazy”, because it actually didn’t feel real. That’s how saturated all the leaves were! A blogger and photographer’s paradise, for sure. I took WAY too many photos, and if you can believe it, this is a very narrowed down set of them. There were just too many to choose from!
The pictures taken in this post were mostly captured in two of the gardens we visited while exploring the area from the Bamboo Forest walking path. Earlier in the day we visited Tenryu-ji Temple and the surrounding gardens, which took us nearly two hours to get through because we kept stopping every five steps to take photos! Okochi Sanso was the second garden we visited after lunch, which featured sweeping views of the city, several beautiful gardens, a few examples of traditional Japanese residential architecture and even a free cup of green tea with your ticket at the end of your visit! It wasn’t the best matcha I’ve had, but it was a nice touch.
I hope you enjoy my photos from our day in Arashiyama as much as I enjoyed taking them! It was truly unbelievable. Click here to check out more of my travel content from Japan, and stay tuned for city guides and more!