Came a new morning in Arashiyama, we woke up early with excitement again, ready to explore the unknown.
At the very top of the mountain, we found this amazing view of Kyoto, and of course, monkeys!
They were scattered all around on the mountain, minding their own monkey businesses. Other than the occasional visits to the feeding house, they almost didn’t care much about all the other humans acting all excited and weird around.
You have 1 hour per session in the private hot spring. I thought it was a bit short but really it wasn’t. The water needed some getting use to as you get in, and after 15 minutes soaked in there, normally anyone would need a little break just sitting naked at the side breathing in some cool autumn air to stop overheating. An hour was more than enough to make me sweat all over, and turned my whole body pink as a cooked lobster.
Next up was tuna and red snapper sashimi, with a prawn meat ball in clear seafood soup.
Pan fried cod with pickled ginger shoot.
And soup yet again: a tofu, mushroom and vegetable hotpot, with snapper sashimi which you just dip in the boiling soup for 1 second for the fresh sweetness. Thirsty from all the sweating earlier at the onsen, I happily finished every last drop of the dashi based soup. Both my dehydrated body and greedy mouth craved for it.
After the meal, the dessert was fresh fruits of the season, apple and grapes. They might not look so impressive just by themselves like that, but their quality were unbelievable. There was nothing other than the fruity sweetness in the taste, not a hint of sourness or the unpleasant taste of unripe fruit.
Simple and beautiful.