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Kyoto in a day….now that’s some serious siteseeing June 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — petrie1784 @ 1:08 pm

Traveling Japan on a budget = overnight bus to Kyoto.  After a day full of Disney magic, Steven and I hopped on the bus to Kyoto.  About the first 3 hours of the 7 hour drive consisted of stopping to pick up passengers at various bus stops throughout Tokyo (an ideal stop and go situation for a good night’s sleep, haha).  We arrived a 5:30 am, ready for a full day of touristy fun!!!  AND WE GOT IT!

We started our day at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.  There are over 5,000 red torri gates.  If you have seen the movie Memoirs of a Geisha then you have seen this shrine on film (and the red gates).  To walk/hike the whole trail, along which the torri gates can be found, it takes a good couple of hours.  It’s truely amazing, especially on an early spring morning.

Throughout the day, we continued to see other famous historical landmarks of Kyoto.  The city is rich with history because it was the location of Japan’s government during the Samurai rule.  One of the most exciting and informative visits of the day was the Nijo Castle, once home to the Samurai.  We were able to tour inside.  All visitors walk through the castle bare foot.  The architecture, decor and furnishings are so different and unfamiliar to Americans.

Other pretty amazing stops included the Golden Pavilion and the Imperial Palace, although, visitors were not permitted inside the palace walls.

Our tummy’s were rumbling my mid-day so we headed to a great market called Nishiki Market.  While we were there, we tried all of the yummy speciallities including fried tofu, soy donuts and fresh fruit smoothies.  The market had endless outdoor stalls selling food that, for the most part, I was unable to identify.  There was fish, vegetables, dry goods, spices, sauces; you name it!!!

We finished our extravagant sightseeing day at a place called Kushiya Monogartari.  A kushiya restaurant serves all-you-can- eat  raw skewers of meat, vegetables and fish.  You fry the skewers at your table. Steven and I devoured 109 skewers of meat in our allotted 90 minutes of all-you-can eat and we concluded the meal with heaping bowls of ice cream…delicious!

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fried tofu = yummy in my tummy

fried tofu = yummy in my tummy

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fried skewers

fried skewers

109 empty sticks...

109 empty sticks...

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Entrance of Nijo Castle

Entrance of Nijo Castle

With our, food baby tummy’s, we headed back to the bus station and boared the 11:30 pm overnight bus back to Tokyo!

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4 Responses to “Kyoto in a day….now that’s some serious siteseeing”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Petrie,
    Reading and seeing all these pictures makes me sooooo excited. Japan looks so exciting and I can’t wait to see you! How are you enjoying it? How’s the food? Are you picking up any Japanese?

    Hope you’re doing well!
    Willie

    • petrie1784 Says:

      Hey Willie!
      Oh, you are going to love every minute of your trip to Japan! Yes, I’m enjoying myself! I love my job and I love living in Japan and experiencing the culture of this country every day. There’s lots of great food…the sushi is fresh and delicious! I’m trying to learn as much Japanese as I can. At this point, I know basic words, phrases and verbs. I can’t be conversational, but I can order food or ask simple questions and what not. Also, I learned to read Katakana, which is sometimes helpful. Are you counting down the days until your trip….YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Andrew Says:

    If you look at my facebook pics you can see me in the torre gates too!

  3. Jen Says:

    Loving the blog Christine! Very informative as I’m beginning to realize I don’t know much about Japan…..

    Hope you’re doing well!


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