I live in the tropics and don’t experience the changing of the seasons. The weather here is either sunny or rainy. And so, I enjoy the different seasons when I travel.
When I visited Japan in October, I was looking forward to experiencing autumn although I know I was a bit early for it. Spring came early in Japan this year, maybe it would be the same for autumn. It would be wonderful to see beautiful scenery with trees covered with leaves of red and gold.
Autumn was nowhere in sight when I arrived in Tokyo although the Japanese were dressed in autumn fashion. But I remained hopeful as I would be travelling to Kyoto later.
One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of Kyoto is take the Sagano Romantic Train Ride. Sagano is in the Arashiyama district, 15 minutes away from Kyoto city by train.
This 25-minute train ride follows the course of the Hozu River on a narrow track through the idyllic canyon from Arashiyama to Kameoka.
This is my second trip here. The scenery was beautiful in spring. But this time round, I was hoping for a glimpse of autumn.
The landscape were as wonderful as I remembered but autumn was nowhere in sight.
On our way back, my travelling companions and I went for a walk through the bamboo forest. It was amazing to see how tall bamboos can grow. They looked like dark green poles reaching for the sky.
The forest was particularly attractive when there was a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks swayed gently back and forth. Local workshops use the bamboo to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats. And they have been doing so for centuries.
Along the way, we visited Okochi Sanso, a mountain villa which belonged to Okochi Denjiro (1896-1962), a popular silent movie actor. Continue reading