Japan 2014 – Day 11

My final full day in Japan was spent back at Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto.

After a nice lunch I returned to the bamboo groves then went on to visit Okochi Sanso, a private garden villa constructed by the Japanese silent movie actor Okochi Denjiro over a 30 year period before his death in 1962.
The garden is full of cherry trees, maple trees and pine and is a lovely place to spend an hour or two.

After the gardens I returned back over the “Moon Crossing Bridge” and headed up the side of Mount Arashi to visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park, home to around 170 wild monkeys. (Japanese macaque monkeys)
As well as getting some photos of the monkeys, the view from the park, which is 160m (525ft) above the River Oi below is quite impressive so I grabbed a few shots of the town and Kyoto too!

Back at Osaka tonight, I had a last walk around the entertainment and shopping districts of Shinsaibashi and Dontonburi.

After the shops I decided to visit Burger King.
Now, I know that this doesn’t really sound like a particularly Japanese end to the trip but since last Friday, Burger King have been selling the kuro burger at outlets in Japan.
A Japanese exclusive burger, the kuro is presented in a jet black bun, cheese coloured black with bamboo charcoal and squid ink ketchup…

So, my visit to Japan began with a curry containing squid ink, and ended with a burger coloured with squid ink…

Tomorrow I pack up and head off on the long journey home to Scotland.

I’m not sure what will be the hardest thing to adapt to when I get home: the temperature change or the absence of squid ink!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading about my visit, please follow my blog and like my Facebook page to be sure of seeing all the photos from the trip! 🙂

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