The Fascinating Japan (14 Days 13 Nights Itinerary) (Part II: Kyoto)
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Here's the part II of our Japan trip, which we spent 3 days in Kyoto.  I'll recommend allocating at least 2 to 3 days in Kyoto, else you will have difficult time making decision on which to visit and which to give a miss.  

To read the part I of our trip to Japan, covering Osaka, Nara and Kobe, please click on the link below: 

Part I: Osaka, Nara, Kobe: http://vivianfoo.com/blog_post.php?blog_id=67

Now, let's move on to Day 4, 5 and 6 of our trip. :)

 

Day 4: Left Osaka for Kyoto, check-into our Airbnb apartment and visit Fushimi Inari.   

Accommodation: Kyoto

Kevin’s Apartment, booked via Airbnb as per the link here.  If you have not signed up for Airbnb yet, you may do so here, so we will both get RM65 travel credit each from Airbnb, which can be used in any of our bookings through them. :) 

 

Initial plan was to do Fushimi Inari and Nijo Castle.  But we arrived Kyoto later than planned and there were quite a lot to see and eat in Fushimi Inari, we decided to drop Nijo Castle and didn't want to go through the mad rush.  It's important to slow down when traveling with kids, which will keep everyone happy and stress-free throughout the trip. :) 

 


Our small and cosy apartment, a typical Japanese home. Papa Bear was yawning. LOL

Kevin's apartment is strategically located near a few train & bus stations, which make it a good base to explore Kyoto.  We enjoyed the walk to and fro the train stations and we felt safe even at night. :) 

A common scene in Kyoto, you will see beautiful girls in Kimono.  Sometimes we see beautiful couples in Kimono too! 

The restaurants along the road to Fushimi Inari certainly have one of the best Unagi in Kyoto.  :)

One of our favorites and there were lots more of traditional Japanese food along the street.  Go with empty stomach. :) 

Take a guess how long did we have to wait to take this perfect shot with no one in the background? :)

Our kids had fun observing the Japanese way of praying and asking for blessings from the above.  

The cleansing ritual and look, Baby Bear was asleep.  Thanks to our faithful Onya baby carrier, it will be hard to do without it. 

Oh wait, she heard ICE CREAM and she was then wide awake.  LOL

 

Day 5:  Arasyiyama

Accommodation: Kyoto

 

We spent the whole day here and it's the day that broke our record, a total of 16000 steps.  We visited the famous Bamboo Groves and had a pleasure boat ride along the river while feasting in the beautiful sight of fall colours.  

 

Remember I mentioned we walked 16000 steps, so of course we had to start the day with an ice cream each. LOL  Japanese ice cream is nice and mostly are freshly and naturally made by the shop.  This one was soya ice cream and I love it so much!  

A family picture in the Bamboo Groves. 

Baby Bear was the photographer.  She wanted us all the do her favorite marshmallow pose. :)

The walk through the Bamboo Groves was therapeutic.  Peaceful, isn't it? 

Mummy's her most favorite person.  Sorry daddy, I'm biased.  LOL

Just beautiful, me and the views. Hehehe... :D

The boat ride wasn't very cheap, but we almost couldn't feel our legs, so this was very much welcome and it's certainly money well spent as it was so relaxing that we got to rest, had the whole boat to ourselves, while admiring the beautiful views. 

 

 A beautiful couple who rowed passed our boat.  Romantic huh?  :)

No words can describe its beauty. 

Boat trader who sells snacks and drinks, very welcome as we were hungry again after the long walk.  

Kids were given a chance to try maneuvering the boat using just the long bamboo stick.  

One more picture before we left Arasyiyama.  It had been a fun-filled day.  

 

Day 6: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, had lunch at Nishiki Market, and Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion)  

Accommodation: Kyoto 

 

 

We were blessed with another beautiful day.  We heard that it was raining the last whole week in Kyoto.  As usual, as seen in the picture, Kiyomizu-dera Temple was packed with visitors too. :)

The beautiful view of Kyoto. 

The colour of fall was just beautiful. 

It was a pleasant visit to the temple, as its surroundings and architectural history were amazing.  You may also consider visiting at night as the temple ground was illuminated with lights and you will get one of the best night views of the city from here.  Just Google for the official site of the temple for the updated event schedule. :)

Nishiki Market is a must go.  Lots of fresh seafood and produces.  Kids will also love this place.  

Yes, go with empty stomach! :)

Basically we had to buy, bite and go.  Some stalls allocated some seats but always taken up and there were some eateries with proper seatings, which we did not patronise as smoking was allowed in the eateries.  That's the only one thing which I do not like about Japan. 

 

Last but not least, we ended our day 6 in Japan with a visit to the Golden Pavillion.  It's a small temple but well worth the trip just to see the pavillion.  :)

 

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures we took.  If you have any questions regarding Kyoto, do leave me a comment. :) 

To read the part I of our trip to Japan, covering Osaka, Nara and Kobe, please click on the link below: 

Part I: Osaka, Nara, Kobe: http://vivianfoo.com/blog_post.php?blog_id=67

 

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