Dear Shaded Viewers,
Going to Rakushisha, I took the JR (Japanese Railways) train to Arahiyama Station, then a path through the Bamboo Grove. Eventually signs to the cottage led me along narrow roads and to a field with a path leading in. First, you pass a kind of parking lot for bicycles I guess, and then the gate, or entrance, to Rakushisha. It is privately maintained by the Rakushisha Conservation Association. I bought a ticket (which was only $2.00), and later purchased a bell, a persimmon made of pottery, a memento to the trip. The first thing you glimpse of the cottage is a lovely interior with prints and poems and pottery through the open sliding doors.