The moment you emerge from the sea of paper lanterns at Yasaka Shrine, you find yourself at the foot of a low mountain, surrounded by nature on all sides.
This is Maruyama Park.
As you proceed deeper into the lush forest, you encounter a peaceful pond and a small arched bridge of stone.
You are in nature’s domain. Its inhabitants are undeterred by your presence, and carry on with their own routines.
Still, even in this dense forest, pockets of civilization sprout up. Here, people gather to share food and stories with each other.
In the end though, Maruyama Park is home to the animals. You are but a visitor.
Dreaming of Kyoto
- A Look Down Kyoto’s Streets
- Exploring Nishiki Market
- Custom Kabocha Curry in Kyoto
- Down by the River
- This is Kyoto
- The Hidden Palace
- A Temple on Main Street
- At the Foot of the Mountain
- Late Night Kim Chee Fried Rice
- Falling Through Time in Gion
- Crunchy Katsu Curry in Kyoto