Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama District & geisha hunting in Gion

This part of Kyoto is the easiest to explore as they are with in walking distance to each other. We started after lunch starting from Kiyomizu-michi bus stop and walk leisurely to each site to end up in Gion district around 5pm for our geisha hunting.

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My Instagram husband 🙂

The streets of Higashiyama is one of the prettiest district in Kyoto. Walking along the narrow lanes, along the rows of local shops and cafes, one would feel the old Kyoto with its traditional vibe. I can see why tourist flock these place. It’s history is well preserved but definitely full of life.

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Yasaka Shrine

 

Chasing some maiko and geisha in Gion.

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Tip: Be at the Gion district around 5pm. Secure a spot at one of the alleys along Hanami-koji and wait. They usually come out before 6pm to go to their respective gigs for the night. Click Click Click.

 

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M

 

 

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Kyoto : Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

Day 2 May 16, 2016 Itinerary:

Kurumon Market – Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – Kinkakuji Temple

Weather forecast cloudy with rainshowers.

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MATCHARAP!!! A must when in Kyoto. This is just outside the Saga Arashiyama train station.

Free entrance at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Woohoo!

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Don’t forget to look up.
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No photobombers! I told them to do Bruce Lee poses and this is what I get hahaha 🙂 .

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Photobombers galore. It’s hard to get a decent photo but that’s ok. Sometimes that’s what makes it more interesting.

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Tenyruji Gardens Y500 plus Y100 if you’re going inside the temple.

Arashiyama to Kinkakuji – From Saga Arashiyama station going to Emmachi Station ( 1 stop only), walk 2 minutes to bus stop. Ride bus no. 205 and go down at Kinkakuji-Michi bus stop. Y230 bus fare or use your Kansai One Pass.

Kinkakuji – Temple Of The Golden Pavilion. Entrance fee Y400.

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It was raining hard by the time we left Kinkakuji. We were forced to buy umbrellas at a nearby store selling them for Y500. At the Kinkakuji-Michi bus stop, we rode bus 205 again and went down at Kyoto Station.

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Inside Kyoto station.

We had dinner at Isetann Food court then stop by BIC Camera at the corner before heading back to Osaka.

Tomorrow is another long day of walking 😉 .

 

xoxo,

M

 

You can read all of my Japan posts here:

Osaka-Kyoto-Nara Itinerary and Expenses

Osaka Travelogue Day 1

Where To Stay In Osaka 

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara (Japan) 

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama district and geisha hunting in Gion

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Where To Stay In Osaka: West Japan Airbnb

 

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If you’re looking for accommodation on your trip to Osaka, I highly recommend this airbnb place we rented just last week. It is located inside one of the alleys of Kuromon Market. 5 minutes walk from Nippombashi station. Dotonburi and Shinsaibashi are 10 minutes by foot and so is Namba Center.

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It has 3 bedroom 1 toilet and 1 bath. Very spacious and can accommodate a group of 10.

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All in one Japanese toilet! Over toilet sink, wherein after you flush, water comes out of the faucet on top of the toilet for you to wash your hands then recycled to fill the toilet reservoir for the next use. Awesome! It also come equipped with sensors and automated bidet for front and rear wash.

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One of the three rooms where four of us slept (we are a group of six). No beds just tatami mats and futons.

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The kitchen is well equipped.   On our fourth night, we decided to eat in. Around 5pm before the market close, most of the sushi and sashimi are on sale. We bought those and cooked kobe beef. Beef cuts and ready to eat salad inside the supermarket are not bad either. Even the strawberries are on sale at this time 😉 . Food choices is never a problem because you are inside Kuromon Market where the food is epic.

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Just outside the alley is a 24 hour supermarket.

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Yi, our host, was very patient and helpful in answering all my inquiries and questions thru email before and during our stay. She sent a vey detailed info on how to get there without hassle. The only con I could think of was there is no pocket wifi included with our accomodation. That’s why we rented one from Pupuru. All in all we really enjoyed our stay here.

So here’s the video of the place if you wanna see. Please excuse our voices 🙂 .

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. We paid the amount they advertised (group of 6 for 5d4n).

 

 

xoxo,

M

 

You can read all my Japan posts here:

Osaka-Kyoto-Nara 5D4N Itinerary and Expenses

Osakangkayganda Day 1

Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Photodiary

The Budget Traveler’s Guide: Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (Japan)

Southern Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

Eastern Kyoto: Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama district and geisha hunting in Gion

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