Another beautiful sunny day as we set off on the train for Arashiyama. First stop was the beautiful zen garden of Tenry-ji temple; a beautiful lake surrounded by trees and slopes all carpeted with thick green moss.
The garden exits into a bamboo grove; lovely but a lot smaller than I was expecting after the rave in the Lonely Planet guide.
We crossed the river [spying a trainee Geisha and a wedding] and walked [slowly!] up a series of steep paths and steps to another monkey park and a fabulous view across Kyoto. It provided another opportunity to eat more excellent ice-cream [Black Vanilla, Musk Melon & Mango were today’s selections]. The monkeys at this park are fed so they were rather more feisty!The boys were keen to go back to Kyoto city in the evening, so we headed off again on the subway. Fortunately the shopping arcades have plenty to keep Rod, Chris and I amused while we wait for them to tire of the game arcade [or get hungry which comes first!].