This morning we caught sunrise at Arashiyama Park, and we didn’t get electric pink clouds or impressive reflections on the Oi river, but the way the light poked through the maple trees was like something from a dream. After the first rays of the day became a bit too bright, we headed to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, which was already starting to get packed with tourists. It IS possible to get a photo without ten million people on the walkway, but you have to be patient. Going early (read: before sunrise) is your best bet, but if you’re after sunstars and you don’t want to crank the ISO on your camera up past 2000, an hour or so after that works too.
After shooting, shooting and more shooting (plus lunch at Kohaku Dou, matcha ice cream and a nighttime show at one of the shrines), we freshened up and grabbed dinner at the Suiran, which was absolutely amazing. You have to make reservations if you want to dine here, but it’s well worth it. The set menu is a mix of traditional Japanese and French cuisine, and from the urchin jelly ball (pictured here) to the tempura cheese (I scarfed it down so fast I couldn’t be bothered to take a photo of it), everything that was brought to the table was unique, delicious and presented in a truly artistic manner.