We spent some time visiting Arashiyama, popularly known for its bamboo groves. Please do not be overly engrossed with visiting the bamboo groves - I think the surrounding scenery deserves as much attention as it is truly breathtaking and zen to the senses.
Day 2 begun with an early morning visit to the Golden Pavillion aka Kinkakuji. Whilst it is truly golden in appearance, I do question myself if it was worth the excursion here - 400yen admission fee just for a quick 10 minute round around the establishment. Not to mention the hoards of people pooling in the area. Did not even get a glimpse of what's inside the pavillion too:(
Not as popular as it's golden version, there are fewer tourists here which is excellent. Plus points for being able to walk around the pavillion and taking time to explore what it has to offer.