Our week in Kyoto consisted of a lot of early starts - We arrived at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before 7am and still could have done with getting there earlier.
When we first arrived it was just the two of us taking in the still early morning and an elderly couple taking a morning stroll. It was so quiet the only sounds were bird song and breeze rustling the bamboo leaves.
In hindsight I wish I'd spent the first ten minutes making the most of the calamity (instead I was wandering around in awe), because by the time we reaching the end of the path and turned back to shoot, the crowds had already started filtering in.
30 minutes later and we both congratulated each other on the early start, as by then the grove was absolutely rammed and we made a run back up the hill to the Okochi Sanso garden in time for opening.
We spent the rest of the morning wandering through the area, exploring Iwatayama monkey park and soaking up the city views from atop the mountain, before grabbing a cup of coffee on the river at Arabica.