Category: Kyoto

First Vending Machine Restaurant experience in Japan

I only see this in movies or TV shows but one night when we were looking for a place to eat, we chanced upon this one. We were originally looking for a ramen shop recommended by my cousin but we couldn’t find it. We happened to pass by an older lady in a bike and since we probably look like we were lost, she asked us if we needed help and we pointed to our map asking for this place. She said it’s probably close and if we wanted something to eat, we should go that way. Lo and behold, there were plenty of dining establishments there. We chose this one because it seems like it said “unlimited rice” on the poster. The vending machine restaurant experience in Japan is a first for us. We were really excited to try it.

So the Japanese food vending machine works like any other vending machine, you put in your money, you choose what you want to eat, and a ticket comes out for this particular one.

 

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Kinkaku-ji or Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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Kinkaku-ji or the temple of the Golden Pavilion is a Zen temple covered in gold leaf. Its garden is equally amazing as the structure. I came in here without any expectations. Yes, I’ve seen it in pictures and you know how you see a structure and you’re like oh just like the pictures but we were amazed with the beauty of this one. Seeing it in person is quite different. The amazing gardens perfectly highlights the structure.

 

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Katsukura in Kyoto Station

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The night before, I went on the internet to look for good places to eat in Kyoto. There were those my budget could not afford of course like a really good kaiseki meal. I came across a blog who suggested Katsukura¬†and it’s located at the Kyoto Station, on the top floor of Isetan. After walking around Fushimi Inari and we had our stop at Kyoto Station, it was a welcome treat.

 

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

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The Fushimi Inari Shrine is infamous for its bright red Torii gates. This shinto shrine is for the worship of the god Inari. We also found a lot of kitsune (fox) statues which are believed to be his messengers.

The first time I saw the Fushimi Inari shrine is from the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and I thought it was just beautiful. I told myself that I would see it in person one day.

 

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Murayama Park, Yasaka Shrine and Gion

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On our first night in Kyoto after checking-in the hostel, we asked the guy at the reception which places can we visit close by. We wanted to see cherry blossoms. He directed us to a park but we got lost and found our way to Murayama Park, thanks to a nice older Japanese couple who pointed us at that direction.

 

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Eco Tec Hostel in Kyoto

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To reach¬†Eco Tec Hostel in Kyoto, we took the train from Shin-Osaka station to Kyoto which took about 45 minutes. We had to look for our hostel so we can drop off our luggage. At the Kyoto Station, we didn’t know that we had to exit first so we can go to the subway which is accessible outside the station on the lower ground. There is a tourist information desk outside the exit of the JR station and we had gotten our maps here. You can also buy the all-day bus ticket here.

 

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