Travelogue: Konnichiwa Kyoto Day 3-4 (Day 10-11)

Another early morning day! Though we said we need to be earlier but i guess, i just could do wake my butt up at 5am! LOL!!

Hence by the time we reach Fushimi Inari, it’s already almost 9am and … true enough, it’s crazily crowded already! Tourist.. School Excursion.. Locals..

Fushimi Inari-taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. According to recommendation, it is the longesssst Senbon Torii – two dense, parallel rows of gates (“thousands of torii gates”).

The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres (764 ft) above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.

You don’t even need to worried about getting lost or where to go, like any tourist spot, just follow the crowd! If you want IG worthy photo, come EARLY! 6am 7am?

It’s hard to get a spot without photobombers by daylight!

Fushimi Inari is definitely recommended if you’re visiting Kyoto (for the first time)! Not sure if i will go again, but if i do, i will probably do a 4am trip or evening trip!

After we’re done with Fushimi Inari, we head of to Kinkakuji! OMG, that was my most terrible decision! Don’t get me wrong, the place is beautiful but the crowd is not!!

We took a bus to Kinkakuji and upon alighting, i almost wanted to u-turn and go back! IT’S THE MOST CROWDED PLACE I’ve been too during the whole trip – partly because it’s already late morning i guess..

Upon entering, you will see nothing but lotsa tourist busy getting their best shot of the temple, doing selfie, doing wefie.. while i was shooting for my mom, they just went right through and stand beside my mom for their picture!?! both of us were like..

“eh ur friend ah??” LOL!!!

Hence we didn’t actually spend a lot of time here. One shot each and left. I can’t emphasize this enough – BE EARLY for tourist place!! I’m glad i only planned one spot per day (morning) and free & easy there after! Kinkakuji was our f&e spot and i guess, timing was not ideal!

Day 4 – Most anticipated day!!!! We’re going to NARA!!! Can’t even remember who recommended me to go Nara!! It wasn’t in our plan initially as it was kinda far (but again, Japan is so big, where isn’t far?) as it’s kinda out of the way.

Took some time to google how to go from Kyoto and well, it’s actually not difficult to go there, plus so many of them recommended us to go and here we are!!!!

Upon alighting the bus, you will be greeted by deers! No need to get too excited (yet) seeing them.. as you walk in, you will see even MORE!!

There’s deer biscuit available for sale if you want to feed them. However, do note that the deer gets more excited than you when they see the biscuit!! hahahaha!! Less than a second you’ll probably be surrounded by all of them!! Yup, they aren’t shy at all – which is a good thing i guess?)

We continue on foot to Todaiji and we saw even more deers!!! Some are resting, some are eating (grass), some just strolling (waiting for biscuit)! Mama was kinda excited and scared at the same time (pretty obvious from the photos)! Actually we both are but the deers are really gently – although one tried to ate my bag thinking it’s food (?) but no harm was caused!

If you’re in Nara, do make a trip to Todaiji!

Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Eastern Great Temple) is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples. Though it was originally founded in the year 738 CE, Todai-ji was not opened until the year 752 CE. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden) houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu (大仏). The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara.

Both mama and me felt this this is one temple worth going again! By the time we leave, Nara Park starts getting crowded! We were happy that we actually made it here EARLY this time!! Although it drizzled but didn’t dampen our excitement at all, by the time we leave, we’re still very excited!!

Saying goodbye is hard, but our stomach will probably go on strike if we still don’t feed them! We went Nara really early we haven’t hard any breakfast!! We head back to Kyoto and went back to the matcha restaurant to try their main course this time. We’ll all i can say is, dessert is definitely better!

Throughout the day, we did not take any more pictures as we were busy getting souvenirs and gift for family! We were so worried we our luggage will be super over weight!!

By evening, we were all tired and hungry (again).. a simple dinner fixed and we head back to hotel to pack our bag before we return to Osaka (our last night!)

If you haven’t read my previous post, check it out from below link:

Osaka Day 1 | Osaka Day 2 | Osaka Day 3

Kobe Day 4-7

Kyoto Day 8-9


Travelogue: Konnichiwa Kyoto Day 1-2 (Day 8-9)

Ended my work and can finally start my vacation!!

Started my vacation checking into this awesome hotel which is at a very strategic location! Just next to Kyoto Station, airport limousine bus terminal and there are so many shops (Kyoto Station Mall, Don Don Donki) within walking distance!

Elcient Hotel Kyoto – the rate we booked is about ¥57,473 for 4 nights! Like all other hotel, this is in a cosy size too but doesn’t hinder us moving around at all.

First time in Japan, I’m so excited to see hotels in Japan actually provide skin care/toiletries for guest too!! Don’t even need to bring any skin care in future!! Best Part? They gave cup noodle for free at 9pm every night! 1 cup per guest!!

Well, checking in was a swift – counter staff were friendly and prompt! Without much delay, we went out for our lunch at a nearby mall after we parked our luggage in our room!

If you happen to be in Kyoto, Do try this cafe too! they specialist in Matcha dessert!! So good!!

Nakamura Tokichi Kyoto Station

Click HERE for Google Map

If you’re lost, just ask anyone, it’s quite well known and people will tell you where to go!

We didn’t do much upon arriving Kyoto first day since it’s kinda late to go any place of interest. So we did nothing but shopping at Don Don Donki and drug store!! High damage but happiness meter is filled to the max!

Day 2 – Bamboo Forest

There’s only ONE TIP for visiting places of interest, BE EARLY and i meant REALLY EARLY!

We started our day at about 8am, thinking it’s early (waking up at 7am is EARLY for me) enough… goodness, it’s actually not early enough! When we arrived at the station, there were already lotsa tourist! Initially we were still thinking not sure if we’ll get lost finding the forest, but oh well.. all we did is just follow the crowd!

It’s not immediately you will see beautiful forest. but you get to see a small shrine, a bit of bamboo here and there. While we’re walking in, we really though, is the forest like that? too overated!!

However, when we made one more turn, we actually walked in deeper and and saw this two beautiful rows of bamboo!!! breathtaking!! In case you thought “wah no people!” actually, there are LOTS! but you just need to find somewhere with less crowd photoshop them away later.

If you’re in Kyoto, i would definitely recommend coming here, EARLY! Tour groups come around 9-10am. So do target to come before them and you’ll get peace and less human traffic photos!

Now that it’s about 10am (i can’t remember the exact time, but for sure it’s between 10-11am)!  We can’t go other tourist spot since it’s kinda late – yes i hate crrowd.  So we decided to head to Nishiki Market!

Nishiki Market is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on a road one block north and parallel to Shijō Street and west of Teramachi Street. Rich with history and tradition, the market is renowned as the place to obtain many of Kyoto’s famous foods and goods!

Lotsa food options and lotsa shopping too – we found Daiso here too! In my opinion, I would advice you to try anything that you see interesting! most of the food we bought are soo good! Unagi, Ebi, and look at the don we bought! Too heavenly!!! and the mixed (Matcha/Hojicha) ice cream – must try!!

Although it’s only two places we went but we’re enjoying the pace. it’s not killing packed yet not boring! with beautiful Bamboo forest experience, we swear to wake up earlier tomorrow for our FUSHIMI INARI visit!!!!

If you haven’t read my previous post, check it out from below link:

Osaka Day 1 | Osaka Day 2 | Osaka Day 3

Kobe Day 4-7