The Katsura River runs through the district of Arashiyama on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is crossed by the famous Togetsukyo Bridge, also known as the Moon Crossing Bridge.
After spending most of the morning wandering through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the Tenryu-ji Temple and gardens, my tour guide for the day walked me to the Katsura river for coffee at Arabica %. It was mid-summer and the weather was hot and humid. Ignoring the heat conditions and my tour guide's warning about the coffee being too strong, I ordered myself a cappuccino. I have to confess that even though I drink coffee regularly, the coffee here was really quite strong but delicious! Perhaps, I should have just settled for an iced latte. In any case, if you are visiting Kyoto, do stop at the Arabica % for a memorable cup of coffee by the Katsura river.
After the coffee, we walked along the river and then took a hillside path to Okochi Sanso Villa, the former home and garden of the Japanese film actor Denjirō Ōkōchi. Then we went down another passage of the Bamboo Forest, a circle really, to the main street where we caught a taxi to Kinkakuji.