In April, I was an unofficial tour guide and took my family on a 2-days-3-nights visit of Kyoto. This is a travel summary of our short trip.
We started our adventure early in the morning at Arashiyama where we walked to the famous Bamboo Forest, down to see the Kimono Forest and up the mountains to visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park.
For lunch we dined at a set-menu restaurant along the outskirts of Arashiyama. This was the only restaurant that fitted a group of 7 people with a variety of items on their menu (one of our members is a vegetarian).
I ordered a classic hot soba and tempura set. The soba noodles were soft and chewy, and the broth was a savoury umami flavour. They added grounded yams on top which I found helped cleansed my palette in-between bites. The tempura prawns were juicy and the batter was a light crispy coating. It was really good.
After lunch, it was about 3PM when we headed to Fushimi Inari Shrine for a quick exploration. We didn't stay long as everyone was starting to feel tired from all the earlier walking so we headed to Gion around 5PM.
My family are picky eaters. Half the group were vegetarian or could not tolerate fresh seafood, and the other half only wanted to eat meat. For dinner I found a vegetarian restaurant and a JBBQ restaurant 3 streets away from each other near our Airbnb and the group divided based on interests. I didn't take any photos of the places because organising for this group exhausted the heck out of me 😒
The next day we started a little later than expected and headed out for the Golden Pavilion. Originally I had planned to visit the Silver Pavilion afterwards but my family were over it and wanted to go window shopping. We headed out to the nearby shopping districts where we had Sukiya for lunch.
For those unaware, Sukiya is a large gyodon franchise located throughout Japan. They're famous among locals for their cheap and fast rice sets. One set includes meat and rice + ontama + miso soup for about 500 yen.
These were some snapshots along the way. We headed back to our Airbnb to drop off our shopping and relax before heading back out to Sushi no Musashi. This particular sushi train restaurant was 100 yen per plate. I ate about 20 plates on my own because tuna and urchin are so cheap and good in Japan. My family ate all the cucumber and egg nigiri LOL
The next day we headed out to Osaka.
I love Kyoto because it is one of the most scenic cities of Japan. The only downside is the over crowded tourist spots and the lack of activities, compared to Tokyo and Osaka. We used to rent a bicycle and ride around the city in search of all the dozens of temples but alas, this time around it was only a short trip to see the iconic spots.
Thanks for scrolling through. Jaa-ne!