Kyoto, Japan – Day 8(a)

shinkasen
Bade farewell to Tokyo to say hello to Kyoto……Bento for the long shinkansen ride is always essential. This time I passed by the Tokyo Bay area along the train ride. Kyoto is a must visit place for me as there is no excuse for me not to pay my dearest friend a visit when I am in Japan.

snacks
Got a few sweet snacks from Chato (thanks to boon chan) they were really delicious… they are highly recommended as it was really yummy. I like the green tea one better.

gesuto
It was already mid day upon arrival in Kyoto…Kyoto station was really bustling with life on a Saturday, I guess, due to the sakura still blooming. Was unable to find a locker for my bag but luckily there was a left baggage counter at the station where you can store your bag between 1-5 days. Luckily I had packed an over night bag which I could store it in a smaller locker and stored the big bag for the 2 days deal for 800 Yen. (Tip: always note the time they open and close so you would know what time to pick it up)

Lunch was at Gusto Cafe, a restaurant chain similar to Denny’s. In Japan, you actually write your name and number of people on the reservation book when you walk in and the server would call you when the table is ready. Over here, you pay another 250Yen for unlimited drinks at the drink bar which consisted of coffee, tea, green and soft drinks.

milk soda
I cannot remember the name of this soft drink but it started with “c” and it is a combination of milk + soda, yummy!
**update: thanks to abraxis, the name of the soda is “Calpis”**

arashiyama

Arashiyama (嵐山) is located in Kyoto. While this western part of the city is dismissed in most Western guidebooks in a brief paragraph suggesting “other attractions”, the area is rightfully very popular with Japanese tourists and well worth a visit.

Wikipedia

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji is a Zen temple in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto. It has been ranked first among the city’s “Five Great Zen Temples”.
The temple was established in 1339, and like many other temples burnt down several times over its history. The current buildings date from the Meiji Period. Muso Soseki, the temple’s founding abbot and famous garden designer, created Tenryuji’s landscape garden which, unlike the temple buildings, survived the many fires and is considered one of the oldest of its kind. Tenryuji has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995.

Japan guide

Tenryuji Temple
A lot of Japanese were sitting there just relaxing and admiring the views.

Tenryuji Temple
This was what they were looking at. It was all zen and quiet but I could barely sit there for 10min…..Most of them were not even chatting with their company. Admission to Tenryuji is 600Yen.

Tenryuji Temple
There was a lot of trees and flowers around

Tenryuji Temple
Another view of the pond.

Tenryuji Temple
All the different types of sakuras we saw.

Tenryuji Temple
After 2 hours, we were ready to go….

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. abraxis
    May 05, 2010 @ 08:47:16

    “Calpis” = milk like and fizzy. That it?

    Tokyo-Kyoto is only three hours!! Seesh. Barely enough time to finish yr eki-ben and take a nap. Did you see Fuji-San?

  2. Xuan-er
    May 05, 2010 @ 20:33:16

    oh! calpis!! that is the name…=) I like it
    I think I fell asleep cos I was so tired….nah, too cloudy i think

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