This part of the trip was yet another amazing adventure. Kyoto was by far our favorite city on mainland Japan. What a cool, beautiful and completely unique city! We loved the rich culture, the temples, the food (and naturally Frankie loved the Pokemon center!)
We celebrated Easter Sunday at an English speaking mass in the heart of Kyoto, and met people from Australia, New Zealand, England, and the priest was from NEW JERSEY of all places! (that’s where we’re from – small world eh?)
We stayed in yet another traditional Japanese style room (sleeping on the floor with no shoes allowed!) at the Lake Biwa Marriott. Lake Biwa is about 35 minutes outside of Kyoto and happens to be the oldest Lake in Japan – formed 4 million years ago! It really feels that way too, the lake has a depth to it, and I don’t mean actual depth.😉
While in Kyoto we embarked on a fun day long excursion – first to the famous natural Bamboo forest of Arashiyama. This place was absolutely mesmorizing…a great place to bring kids to stretch their legs and enjoy a family hike.
The second half of the day we hiked up a mountain to visit Arashiyama Monkey Park where we encountered the beautiful (and wild!) macaque monkeys of Japan. They were so fun to watch, we saw two adult males fight one another, baby macaques playing, and even a mama monkey nursing her baby. This was a wonderful experience for the kids but especially for Frankie who has such a passion for wildlife. (He’s like the third Kratt brother!)
The last day of the trip Adelaide got to experience life as a little Geisha, walking all around Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine. Needless to say she had a bit of a fanbase and she loved every minute of it!😆
Kyoto was so beautiful, I feel like I could write 30 pages alone about that part of our trip but instead you can check out our vlog below! Arigato gozaimasu!