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2014.09/08(Mon)

新婚旅行日記「祇園、京都 ①」

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>>18/02/2014, Tuesday, Kyoto Day 1

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Dragging our luggages, we had two 31" ones by the way~ hehe!
We left Osaka after checking out at Remm Hotel...
Headed straight to kyoto via the Shinkansen, took us 30mins~
And we had to change another line to get to the famous Gion!
We also had breakie on it! Menu's Takoyaki & Gyozas! ;)

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We arrived at Gion-Shijo station about 15mins later...
And started to walk in search of our ryokan, walk again! Hahaha~
There were lots of walking to do in Japan! And while we walked, it snowed!
Just very lightly and briefly thou, it was awesome & meaningful for us :)

It wasn't an easy search, the ryokan on map looks easier to locate~
We asked for help from a nurse from a clinic nearby and she is so nice!!
With her kind and really generous help (in the snow too) we found it!

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Our ryokan [GION SHINMONSO] was the cheaper choice around Gion.
Why do I insisted to live inside Gion? Well, there's said to be Geishas!
But we only got to catch a glimpse of one maiko sending her client off~ lol~
Neverthless, it was all worth living there! Actually anywhere in japan :(

We arrived at 11am and the check in is only allowed at 4pm (typical of ryokans)
Left our luggages at the counter where they will move into our rooms later~
I just love ryokans! All the etiquettes of kimono wearing staffs!!! *hearts*

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So, having nothing to do except for looking for lunch~
We explore Gion! There is this beautiful Shirakawa river right behind the ryokan!
Photos sometimes really doesnt do the beauty justice! :(


Kyoto, is a place of traditions... Beautiful traditional Japan~


And a nice little shrine in the middle of the road~

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Pretty edo-era buildings whole of the street!

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Oh, hello! Its a quiet morning anyway~
We were the only few couple of people walking around...
Which is good! No crowds! But freezing cold! Haha~

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Camellia Japonica blooming on the streets!
-camellia are often seen on yukata!-


Old willow tree~

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SHIRAKAWA~

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I wished I was in a kimono and had a picture with this as background~

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As we walked, we came to a stop at this Teppanyaki shop~
Because it already smells good from the outside!! So we went in~


It was a cosy little homey shop with two local obasan running it...

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The exact place I will love to drink some hot maccha and chill in the winter~

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While we were drinking hot ocha, our feet with socks on were still freezing!

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We ordered some okonomiyaki that's supposed to be self-made~
It was half cooked in the kitchen and then brought onto the teppan (metal)
For us to continue cooking and also keeps the food warm!

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And we had this enormous osusume okonomiyaki (chef's recommendation)
It has all ingredients in it! Beef, pork, prawn, veggie, egg~
It was so so so good!! *spazzes* We ordered yakisoba too...

Thou its only 3 items, its very filling for that amount of flour! Haha~
It cost us only approximately 2,000yen (SGD$25), which is kind of reasonable~

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While wearing our shoes, ready to leave...
Le husband is amused by the traditionally working shoe locker!

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You unlock it by dropping the wooden piece down.

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After lunch, we walked our way to the Yasaka Shrine...
It was a 10mins walk, good like an exercise!

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Attempted selfie at the entrance~ haha!


Like most shrine, they have beautiful sceneries~ and trees~ haha!


And then we both took a Omikuji read~
Its like our chinese qian(1) that people get in our chinese temple~


Mine wasn't good, so I had it tied up to avoid bad lucks come true...

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Le husband got a good one, he kept it and still has it now~

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This shrine has a very pretty lake in the middle of the place~


Le husband likes the quietness and peaceful feeling you get at shrines~

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Kyoto is truly beautiful, even just at Gion~

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Before we left, we wrote a enma~ we hope it blesses our marriage!

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Enough of walking Gion, we went back to the hotel right around 4pm~
Another thing I love about ryokans, their keys!

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And also the fact that there free endless maccha in the room~ with okashi ♥︎
They change it everyday when they make your beds (futon)~

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Playing around in the room, le husband acting the Japanese man~


And there is our futon! The staff will come in everyday after dinner...
Just to help you make your futon, and they keep it every morning after breakie!
Oh, ryokans~ if you have never lived in a ryokan before when you visit Japan...
It's almost like you have never been there before!

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Dinner came pretty late, the teppan okonomiyaki was extremely filling~
We walked around Ponto cho at night, the street of geisha house!
Found ourselves some Yakitori after countless of tempting food~
Along the stretch, good food is an understatement~ they are lavishly good!

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This Yakitori shop, in my honest was not fantastic~ it was only average.
But that's in the rate of Japanese standards~ if you compare to SG...
It's still good ;)

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But it's ambience was a 10/10 for sure!
It was romantically dim and quiet, it made a good dating place!

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After dinner was a late night karaoke! How can we not do one in Japan~
And so... the fourth day in my favourite island ended again :(
Was counting down my little time left there, I remembered being emo :(


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