Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fall, in love with Japan 2013 - part 5

Trying to go through these posts quickly because I want to start blogging on my Europe trip and Japan (yes, again) trips in 2014!

Day five, we spent most of the day in Kyoto and left for Tokyo in the evening.

First place we went was the Kiyomizu dera, which was a very short walk from our Ryokan. We checked out of our rooms early in the morning, but left our stuff there until its time to leave Kyoto.

how the entrance looks like in daylight.

wrote an ema for dad and my family.

relationship luck! gimme some!


I don't remember exactly which one I chose to use...but they are all related to love & relationship anyways.

in hindsight, maybe I should write and hang one too T_T"

There was this pair of relationship stones there. Supposedly, if you can walk from one to the other with your eyes closed, you will have good fortune in relation to love (?) I think...don't quote me on it haha :P
one of the relationship stones.

such a beautiful view.

attempted at selfie with the shrine.
I think the Kiyomiza dera is my favourite shrine by far. The view was really nice, and it would probably be nice to see the trees change colours too.

After visiting the shrine, we went back to the little shopping streets (Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka) to look around.

we had ice cream! It was Maccha, red bean & chestnut flavored. NOM!

street snaps.

We also found a giant Totoro and a giant Jiji!
Then we decided to go to Kodaiji Temple, as suggested by the host at our Ryokan.
There were statues that we could interact with and touch, so it was pretty fun!

Kodaiji Temple

A giant ball that you had to walk around three times while touching it to make your wish.

statues that you were allowed to touch.

Map of the Kodaiji area, and beneath it is the instructions on what to do with the different statues.

You were supposed to walk around the building while rolling these cylinder things.

another touchable statue!

We just freestyled and walked around that part of Kyoto. Below are some random snaps I took while we were on our walk. Unfortunately, I don't remember specifically what these places were since the trip was so long ago ><"

Of course, we went through the bamboo forest!

....and took a selfie hehe.
After our walk, we went back to Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka to grab lunch! We had duck udon. We decided to have lunch there when we walk past that morning. The fragrant was too nice and so we decided we had to go back there for lunch. It was a long line up too!

KK with her food.

me with mine - we got the same thing.

close up! looking at this brings back memory!!

we even had dessert❤

After lunch, it was about time we head back to our Ryokan to get our belongings. Then we took the taxi to get to the Kyoto station for our bullet train to Tokyo!

By the time we got to Tokyo (Shinjuku), it was night time. We checked into our hotel for the night. We were tired, but still needed to look for a coin laundry so we can wash our clothes next morning, and to grab dinner. We asked the concierge for directions to the nearest coin laundry, then we were off to find a place to eat! Unfortunately for us, we were both indecisive, and we had no idea what to eat for dinner. We walked around the area for A WHILE until we settled on.....海鮮丼 (seafood on rice)!

It was actually the same shop (different branch) that I stumbled upon back in the days when I traveled to Osaka by myself. I would go to the one near Doutonbori for a meal. KK said it could've been fresher, but I was pretty satisfied with mine haha.

My order.
After dinner, as we planned to get our clothes washed the next morning, we went to search for the coin laundry that our concierge told us about. After we found where it was, we returned to our hotel and called it a night.

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