Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Japan Trip Day 4 (Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto and off to Osaka)

It took me a year to continue this, sorry about that. I have busy! And it's a hassle to wind back to a year ago to check my Fitbit steps,so from now onwards there will be no info on this...hehe

Check out our inexpensive and healthy breakfast.

The walk to reach our destination. There are more photos but I won't be sharing it here. 

We checked out from our hostel and left our luggages with them while we head out to the final sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is a must visit temple there. The temple sits at the top of the mountain area (built only with woods) with a busy shopping area surrounding its path and old residential area. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because it is an uphill walk to reach the temple. 

The temple opens from 6am and closes depending on the season. Do checkout their website for more details here

Anyway, we took a bus there from our hostel area and walked for about 20-25 minutes and was sweating like pigs when we got to the temple.


The entrance ticket and the exterior of the temple. 

 See the wooden structure that holds the temple.


Purchase a love charm here if you want to get lucky.

 Interesting people that we encountered during our walk around the temple.

We had our share of absorbing the local culture and sightseeing. So we left the temple to explore the makan-makan and shopping area. By then, the place was bustling with tourist taking photos with their selfie sticks, children running around and last minute souvenir shopping.

 Downhill road from here and on the left, you can see how packed the place is. 

 Some Gudetama snacks and a pic of my husband eating some fishcake or was it a squid inspired snack. He was snacking non-stop during the trip. 

 We were lucky to run into 3 maikos. They are the real deal because they were accompanied by an older lady that acts as a chaperone that fusses over the girls. And on the left, we found a sexy trishaw boy that was flirting with 2 Japanese girls. 

We could not leave Kyoto with another visit to % Arabica. The coffee is just too damn good!

A picture of LINE Brown with a cup of coffee, me in front of the cafe (emo-ing) and last but not least a pic of my sister with the barista champion himself, Mr Junichi Yamaguchi.

And so we left Kyoto with a heavy heart because we are emo like that. Rushed back to the hostel to grab our luggages and head over to Kyoto Station to take the train to Nankai Namba Station. We booked an apartment via AirBnB in the Namba area. It's a fairly new apartment from the looks of it and very quiet.



 This apartment have everything that we need and it sleeps 3 adults (max). The only thing is that we had to take turn to open our luggage to grab our stuff. Eventually we worked out a rota system to do it. 

We don't mind staying here again for our next trip to Osaka. The host was nice enough to include a wifi egg for use. So now we have 2 that we could bring out when one of it ran out of battery.

Off we go to explore Osaka city area nearby our apartment coz we were famished by then. I did some research beforehand that there is a place here that serves 100yen sushi. In case if you are curious to try, this is the site.

 This is what we ate there. 

 Namba area

That sums up our Day 4. Time to sleep!


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