21st October, 2006 - Getting off the Romance Train at Sagano we had planned to spend a little time walking around the area (as we had plans for later on that night at Hozugawa in neighbouring Arashiyama).
Sagano is an area well known for the bamboo groves that set an eerie wail through the shadowy surrounding mountains. Walking further north will eventually lead to Adashino Nembetsu-ji, where the bones of paupers and destitute are buried. Unfortunately, or not, we had no time to make an appointment with the grave today!
Sagano/Arashiyama is famous for it's bamboo forests, and whilst such things should be quiet places for contemplation (and ninja flying) the reality is that this is one of favourite places to visit outside of the city. Lots of people walk through these forests every day... and despite that, it's still a great place to visit.
The wind makes a soothing sound as it passes through the bamboo trunks. There's mystery in those woods... Blair Witch kinda mystery... I don't think I'd like to be walking around here at night. Seems to be ripe Tengu territory if you ask me!