The next morning I headed to Kyoto station, destined for Arashiyama.

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I boarded a train, and was away.

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I’d accidentally caught an express train that didn’t stop at the correct stop.

This, however, provided a great opportunity to get some more photos, and since I was using a JR rail pass, it wasn’t a costly mistake either!

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Eventually I arrived at the correct station.

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I set off on foot, heading for the monkey park.

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I came to the edge of the town, with a bridge across to the monkey park.

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I headed up towards the monkey park…

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Unfortunately, it was closed due to the snow… Fortunately, there was plenty more to see and do.

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I headed back over the bridge.

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From there, I traced my way along the river, and up some slippery, slushy cobblestone steps.

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Slipping would be srs business.
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I climbed higher up the incline…

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This part was all of my nope
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Slipping, sliding, and convinced I was about to end up in the river over the side, I eventually managed to scramble up the slippery steps, being overtaken by locals wearing flats and converse…

It was worth it for the view.

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After admiring the view, I headed down the opposite side, hoping the way down would be a bit easier.

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🤔

On the way down, I ended up in a bamboo forest.

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I reached the town and headed for the train station.

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Later that evening, I set out for downtown Kyoto via the metro.

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I headed for a highly rated sake bar.

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A few drinks later, I wandered off in search of dinner, eventually finding a good looking Udon restaurant.

Some excellent vegetable tempura
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After dinner, I wandered through downtown Kyoto, down some very aesthetic alleyways, in search of more bars.

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Eventually, I ended up at a rock themed bar.

After a few drinks, it was time to call it a night.

On my way back to my hotel I made a drunken decision to pick up an ice cream from a convenience store.

It was a good decision.
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