Sagano Romantic Train, Hozugawa River, Arashiyama

This was a day of romantic sights in Kyoto – our morning was spent aboard the Sagano Romantic Train (also known as the Sagano Torroko Rail among other variations), excitedly standing up from our wooden seats just to get a better glimpse of the fiery red and orange momiji as the train rumbled past. It was mid-December already, so we were actually quite surprised to find that the autumn leaves had yet to depart for the year. Some pictures:

Entrance to the Sagano Romantic Train above the Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Tickets for the Sagano Romantic Train above the Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.Tickets for three!

Momiji from the Sagano Romantic Train above the Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Autumn leaves on mountains and valleys at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Beautiful misty scenery at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.Some of the views I captured on stills.

Family of tanuki statues from the Sagano Romantic Train above the Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.For some reason, there stands a huge family of Tanuki on one of those stations we briefly slowed down at.

Half an hour later, we found ourselves alighting at the Torokko Kameoka Station in order to make room for passengers bound for the opposite direction. It was pretty sad that our romantic journey was over so soon, but thanks to Keiko-mama’s recommendation, there was little time to grieve as we had to bustle for the next stretch of our journey back to Arashiyama on the Hozugawa River Boat.

Engrish on the elevator.I couldn’t not take a photo of good old Engrish at a sign which was posted at the lift of the ferry terminal.

Tickets for Hozugawa River boat ride, Kyoto, Japan.We had to wait inside the terminal until our boat number was called, only then could we make our way down to the pier.

Boats lined up at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Boatmen at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Boatmen at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Our boat had three men of varying ages taking turns to row, steer, and helm the wooden vessel – one of them was so old he looked like he should be at home resting! Felt bad that there were so many of us tourists on board. Since we were seated at the end, we were lucky to have short conversations with the rowers. They were also so kind to accommodate our requests to lift up the tarp and stand during the calmer parts of the journey! Not to say that the small rapids we encountered weren’t fun, but I wanted to take pictures too. 😂

Scenic view at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Momiji at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.

Dango and Amazake on a boat at Hozugawa River, Kyoto, Japan.We bought some dango and amazake at a floating food store just before our journey ended. Fun!

Arashiyama beckoned with its red leaves and bamboo groves upon our shore-landing. Somehow we managed to miss a turn onto the main path, and took a smaller one up onto the parks. No regrets though, it gave me this beautiful capture:

Lone boat on a river with momiji at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.♥

Ruru among momiji at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.Ruru was my first stand-in for an outfit photo I wanted to take, even though she was embroiled in the clutches of work-related emergencies at that point.

Levitation among autumn leaves at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Outfit among fiery red maple leaves at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Shasha among bamboo at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.Shasha was my second stand-in, after I wanted one with the bamboo too. My friends are awesome.

OOTD among bamboo shoots at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Portrait among bamboo at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Outfit with girls in yukata in the background at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.The yukata-clad ladies behind me were going round knocking on bamboo stalks to listen to the hollow sound!

Winter outfit at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

We chanced upon some breathtakingly pretty picture postcards by Nakamura Kinji among the bamboo groves! Nakamura-sensei was so patient and good-humoured when I spent so long deliberating over which ten pieces I wanted to buy – they were all so pretty! The surreal depictions of the famous landscapes – Arashiyama bamboo, Kinkakuji, Mount Fuji etc. – are painstakingly rendered in a stipple effect, and the colours are so carefully intimate within the frame of the postcard. We were loath to leave his wonderful world, but I guess some pictures would have to do.

Wefie with artist Nakamura Kinji sensei at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Postcards depicting the sights of Japan by Nakamura Kinji at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.Do say hi when you visit his stall in the middle of Arashiyama!

Train tracks at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Train tracks at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Evergreens at Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

We finally headed out of the tourist spot and took a train to our next destination. Not the train tracks depicted above, but the JR subway further away (might as well, since we bought the JR Rail Pass). Came across so many pretty gingko leaves! Had a field day picking nice ones from the ground while Shasha educated me on how to spot the male and female variants.

Overhead bridge in Kyoto, Japan.

Gathering fallen gingko leaves in Kyoto, Japan.

Our next destination is going to be pretty exciting. Stay tuned for a makeover in the next post!

Uniqlo cashmere sweater & ultra stretch jeans
H&M menswear coat
Spurr shoes

Outfit photos assisted by Shasha & Ruru.

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