Last day in Kyoto, whah! We got up, packed up and left the machiya after a light breakfast. We took a cab to Kyoto Station, where we locked up our suitcases so we could go explore unencumbered. I took extra care to note where the bags were. I'm so glad because when coming back that afternoon, I realized how huge that station is!
We took the train to the Arashiyama District, on the Western Edge of the City. After walking from the train station, we entered the bamboo forest. The breeze through bamboo is one of the most soothing sounds. Not a wind rattling the trunks, but a breeze through the leaves sounds like the most gentle, feathery exhale.
|We <3 bamboo!|
|Gorgeous view from the small tea pavilion (SMS)|
|I love this place!|
After dinner, we headed to the New Sanno. We arrived and were ready to crash but alas! I had pulled a dumb bunny move and made the reservations for the 14-16th, not the 15-17th. I couldn't believe I made such a rookie trip planning move. Fortunately, the New Sanno saved the day and got us rooms for the night. The next morning, they were even able to extend our rooms for one more night so it was almost like things went according to plan. Almost.