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A short while after finishing the soft-serve ice cream, we arrived at our destination, the Bamboo Grove Lane. As the name suggests, Bamboo Grove Lane is a popular sightseeing spot, well known on TV for its beautiful scenery of bamboo groves.

The atmosphere is completely different from that of the main street, which was busy with shopping arcades, and a calm scene far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city is spread out here.

“I’ve seen it many times on TV, but I still like this view.”

“It’s the very essence of Japanese scenery.”

“It’s so relaxing.”

The bamboo leaves swaying in the fresh breeze, the soothing sound, and the gentle sunlight filtering through the trees are truly wonderful. It is said that the area was a vacation home for aristocrats during the Heian period (794-1185), which is understandable if the view is this spectacular.

However, as a popular tourist spot, it was quite crowded, and it was a real challenge to take pictures without people in the frame. If you want to take beautiful pictures, it might be better to take pictures early in the morning when there are fewer people around.

“I was wondering ……what is beyond that point?”

“Oh, I was wondering that too.”

Even though we knew that the bamboo grove path was a famous tourist attraction, Reona and I didn’t really know what kind of place it was exactly. Then Riona, who was taking pictures with her phone, opened her mouth with a slightly proud expression.

“Just ahead is Nomiya Shrine, a famous power spot that is believed to be a god of marriage and safe childbirth, and further ahead is Okochi Sanso, a Japanese garden.”

“Hee, Riona. You know a lot about this place.”

“I studied it thoroughly before I came here.”

Riona’s preparation was perfect as always. The three of us slowly made our way through the bamboo grove, chatting with each other. We stopped at Nomiya Shrine along the way, but it took us about 30 minutes to reach the end of the path.

“It was a lot of fun just walking around, wasn’t it?”

“Yeah, the fantastic atmosphere made it feel like this was the only place in the world.”

“It was better in person than in pictures or videos, so it was the right decision to come.”

It is no exaggeration to say that I am satisfied just by seeing this view today. After leaving the bamboo grove path, the three of us started touring the other tourist attractions in Arashiyama.

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“It feels good after walking all morning.”

“Yeah, a footbath really does wonders for tired feet.”

“It brings you back to life.”

After leaving the bamboo grove, we continued sightseeing in Arashiyama for a while and were about to take the train back home.

“I didn’t expect to find a footbath in a place like this,”

“Yeah, I think whoever came up with the idea of building a footbath in a place like this is a real genius.”

“It really makes sense because this place is easy to use on the way home from sightseeing.”

At first we were only going to go in while waiting for the train, but it felt so good that we were completely stuck.

It worked wonders for our bodies, which were exhausted from climbing to the top of Fushimi Inari and walking around the tourist attractions of Arashiyama for long hours and strolling around earlier.

Well, I could relax a little more here, since I still have quite a bit of time before the last minute to get back to the hotel. Soaking in the footbath while feeling the trains passing by and the townscape was an extraordinary experience.

“Hee, this footbath uses hot water from Arashiyama Onsen?”

“The water is mildly alkaline and is said to be effective in relieving muscle aches and fatigue, so it’s perfect for us right now.”

Riona, who was looking tired and tired from walking, now looks lively.

“Now one of Ryoya kun’s dreams has come true, hasn’t it?”

“I didn’t think it would come true in this way.”

“What does that even mean?”

I was not able to understand what Reona meant when she said that with a grin on her face, so I asked her back.

“Because, Ryoya-kun, you took a mixed bath with us.”

“…No, no, taking a footbath together isn’t called mixed bathing. In the first place, I’ve never thought of bathing together with Reona and Riona as a dream.”

I don’t want you to fabricate my dreams without permission. As I was thinking about this, Riona, who was playing with her smartphone next to me, opened her mouth with a slightly sad expression.

“Are you sure Ryoya doesn’t want to take a mixed bath with us?”

“Not that though ……”

If Riona gave me such a look, I would have no choice but to answer that.

“Then Ryoya-kun wants to take a mixed bath with us.”

“I’ve got your word.”

“What makes you say that?”

To be honest, I’ve already had relations with both of them, so there’s nothing wrong with seeing them naked now.

“So how about tonight? After everyone else has gone to bed, let’s meet up in the bathtub and take a mixed bath.”

“Of course we can’t do that. If they find out, we’ll be in big trouble.”

If I’m not careful, I could get arrested. I don’t want to throw away my life over something as trivial as that.

“Well, that was a joke, but let’s have a shared bath together again sometime.”

“I’ll make sure you keep your promise.”

“I understand”

We continued to enjoy the footbath to our heart’s content while talking like that.

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