On the final Friday of my spring break, I noticed that the weather was going to be great but a terrible storm was on its way starting on Saturday. Rain and wind can greatly affect how long the cherry blossoms will be around; I had a feeling that the majority of them would be gone after that weekend. Thus, I had a impromptu solo trip to Kyoto.
After going to Arashiyama once, I wanted to go back once during the spring to see how it looked like with the sakura. It didn’t disappoint:
After a short walk around the area, I was off to the Philosopher’s Path. I’ll admit I was surprised at how far away it was from Arashiyama; it took a few train trips to get there but it was worth it. The Philosopher’s Path gets its name from Nishida Kitaro, a very famous Japanese philosopher who would always walk down this path. It’s a nice, peaceful 2 km walk that has a variety of cafes and knick-knack stores to the sides, as well as a stream In the middle. The sakura trees made this walk breathtaking:
Visiting Kyoto at the end of sakura season was a great way to conclude my spring break. I’m lucky to have such a peaceful, scenic place an hour or so away.