Japan Part 3- Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro Lantern Walk

Thursday, 26 December 2013

We spent our last night in Osaka on a lantern lit walk around the Arishiyama area where some of the temples had been specially lit up for the festive season. It was extremely cold and raining constantly but we were in high spirits! It was really romantic too, perfect for couples.

We were given a map at the start of the walk which included the locations of 4 stamp pit stops that allow you to get a free gift at the end! I love these ‘treasure map’ challenges, it gives you direction as to which temples and sites to see, if not we’d probably have spent the night wandering aimlessly. 


Successful stamp collection- I’ll show you our free gifts at the end ;).

We walked along the Katsura river where the surrounding forests were bathed in purple light. It was so beautiful and peaceful. You could also take a boat ride along the river but given the wet conditions we decided against it.  

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I call this my sheep outfit- my coat is from a store called Wego and was $40 which is fairly reasonable for Japan! They stock mostly street fashion and I hope I have time to visit it again.


Can you see the rain falling through the lights? 

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The whole walk (around 3km) was lit by lanterns. From afar they just look like lights, but up close, each lantern is uniquely decorated with beautiful designs. 

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This is the exit of the bamboo walk which was absolutely stunning in real life. We came across this at the end of our walk and were really disappointed that it was a one way path only :(. I imagine it would be equally beautiful during the day.


One of the lit temples. You actually had to pay around $5 to go into each temple so we just made do with viewing it from the entrance hehe.

We stopped at a little hole in the wall restaurant for dinner because the prices seemed reasonable. It was so warm inside that my camera lens fogged up!

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The egg, beef and rice dish on the left was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted! I liked it so much better than my soba noodles (and I LOVE soba noodles, one of my favorites since I was a kid!), how can such a simple dish be so creamy, melty and delicious? How?! Even the rice was dense and sticky, just the way I like it. Sadly I am not sure what the dish is called.


Despite the freezing temperature, Yanto wanted an ice cream.

At the end of the walk we were allowed to spin the wheel to receive our free gifts which I was really excited about. Who doesn’t love free stuff! The brochure said there were even restaurant vouchers up for grabs!

I got a pair of wooden chopsticks and Yanto got a ladies handbag. Lol. 

The Arashiyama area is definitely worth a visit if you are in Kyoto! 



  1. HOMGOSH! Ive been loving these Japan posts, Im going next year March-April so just using this to source some ideas

    Looks like you;re having a helluva time!

    1. Thanks Nhi! I'm so glad you find these posts helpful! I wish I got to spend more time exploring Kyoto and Osaka as shopping gets rather tiresome after a while. There's still so much I want to do, I don't want to leave D:

    2. Sorry to hear that :( I hear that Osaka is absolutely wonderful. Its where I land when I get to Japan, but for some reason my travel group want to move straight on to Kyoto and skip Osaka D:

      LOL! There can never be too much shopping!!! :P

    3. I would say Osaka was quite similar to Tokyo in that it's quite a young, hip place. However it has Kaiyukan aquarium which is my favorite aquarium in the world- I'm putting up the post now! So if you love sea animals please don't skip Osaka! :P It was so worth it!