Category: Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine is a shrine famous for it’s bright orange Torii gates. It’s the shrine for the god Inari. Inari is traditionally the god of rice but businessmen also worshiped Inari. Most of the orange torii gates are donated by businesses. The Fushimi Inari Shrine sits on the base of the mountain. I had come here before and it was one of my favorite places in Kyoto so I decided to include it on this trip again.

 

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of the popular sights in Kyoto. Entrance is free and anyone can go through the grove of bamboos. It’s open 24/7 and they say that you can take great pictures in the early morning. I’ve always wanted to see it because of the amazing photos I’ve seen on the internet. We did not get a chance to visit it last time I was in Kyoto so I made sure to include it in this trip’s itinerary.

 

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Everland

Everland

 

 

Everland is the biggest theme park in South Korea. It’s located in Yongin which is about an hour away from Seoul. Our previous trip in South Korea, we went to Lotte World so we decided to check out this other theme park.

 

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Overnight bus from Kyoto to Tokyo through Willer Express

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As I was looking for options on how to economize this trip, I came across the idea of taking the overnight bus from Kyoto to Tokyo through Willer Express instead of taking the very expensive Shinkansen for around 5000 pesos. The bus on the other hand is half the price at 2000 pesos and we get to save on one night accommodation too. I chose Willer Express because of their really comprehensive and helpful website. We actually bought our tickets online two days before our departure thanks to the advice of my cousin. They were coming from Tokyo going to Kyoto but the tickets ran out so they had no choice but to take the bullet train. I was planning to buy it the night before. ^_^’

 

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Kyoto Imperial Park

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We wanted to see the Imperial Palace but a week prior to our trip, I learned that you needed to book an appointment for it. The same goes with the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. To book a tour, you would need to apply in advance with your passport at the Imperial Household Agency Office who organizes the tours. It is located on the northwestern corner of Kyoto Imperial Park. They say reservations are often possible for the same day. The office is open Monday-Friday at 8:45am to 12:00 and 1:00pm to 5pm. You can also make reservations online here. I checked the schedule but the next available appointment was in 2 weeks. So we just decided to see the Imperial Park  anyway. We were there on a Saturday at 5pm.

 

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Nishiki Market

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Nishiki Market is located near Shijo street, next to Teramachi Street. We actually got confused looking for the place and we should have just gone through Teramachi street. It is also known as the kitchen of Kyoto since fresh  produce and other food are sold here. We got here through Bus no. 5 but you can also get here through the subway or taxi.

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Jishu Shrine at Kyomizudera

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Jishu Shrine is known as a love shrine. This temple is dedicated to Okoninushi who is a god of love and good matches. The rabbit next to him is a messenger to the Gods.

 

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Kyomizudera

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Kyomizudera is a sight to behold. It is located on a mountain and it overlooks the city of Kyoto. It’s also known as the Pure Water Temple and you’ll see why as you scroll down. It is open from 6am-6pm. Admission fee is 300 yen. We took the bus 100 to get here. For more information on transportation access and other information, this is their official site in English.

 

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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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