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Postcards from Kyoto

3 years ago / travel / japan / kyoto

Truly the most beautiful, romantic city I’ve been to.

I have fallen in love with Kyoto.

Perhaps it’s the snow, or the reunion with the boy after those miserable nights alone in Tokyo but Kyoto is truly the most beautiful, romantic city I’ve been to.

While planning this trip, I was very sure we wouldn’t enjoy Kyoto very much so I decided two nights there was enough. I think I’ve mentioned it here before that I’m such a big city girl and Kyoto with its offering of bamboo forests and golden temples didn’t sound very appealing at all.

But when I was there… I ended up wishing that we could extend our stay! I wanted to see all the other shrines and sights that Kyoto has to offer but sadly we couldn’t because we were there over Christmas and all the decent hotels were full :(

Sights in Kyoto included the magnificent bamboo forest at Arashiyama…

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… and Fushimi Inari (fox shrine)

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Which I will share about in my subsequent posts. Too many pictures, sorry!

This post will be mostly about the city and Gion (which is essentially the Geisha district) where our hotel was located at and we were so very lucky to spot a real geiko on the streets!!!

Again, the pro pictures are by Zachary Yong and noob looking ones by me on my iPhone mostly. Better declare first so I won’t do injustice to his pretty pics!

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Starting our journey to Kyoto via the shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo…

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… where I scored this Hello Kitty bento! :heart:

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Snow-capped mountains and forests on our way there :)

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More pro version from the lens of Zach.

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We were greeted with SNOW when we arrived!

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The cutest couple around!

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My #foreveralone rendition cause at this point in time, the boy was still on the plane because he missed his original flight! zzz

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First meal in Kyoto!

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Super fresh and yummy chirashi.

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But I still #foreveralone. My face’s damn black here cause I was still angry with the boy. 😣

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Followed by dessert. I was eating matcha ice cream every other day when I was there!

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Or ichigo anything. They have the best strawberries seriously!

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Cuff from ClubCouture :heart:

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City Hall near our hotel.

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Our hotel!

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Strolling along the river to Gion.

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No longer #foreveralone

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Sunset :) The sun sets very early cause it’s winter… around 5pm I think!

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Gion!

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If you’ve watched Memoirs of a Geisha, you’d find Gion really familiar cause much of the film/ novel is set here!

And, we spotted a real geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) on the streets! One of the greatest highlights of my trip!

But I was too slow to whip out my phone in time to snap a picture… but never mind, here’s a picture of another geisha.

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Looks familiar?

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Hehehe. The super chio Nui <3

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Not very geisha like indeed :P

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More of Gion…

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I went a littttttle crazy buying Hello Kitty coin pouches, toiletries bags etc in various kimono fabric :heart: :heart: :heart:

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The pretty river all illuminated on the way back!

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Woke up early and took the subway to the boy’s fishing shop wtf. A lot of fishing equipment are Japanese brands so it’s apparently much cheaper there!

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Everywhere in Kyoto is just so picturesque.

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The train station that was above ground and unsheltered! Ya I told the boy to move away cause I was taking a picture but instead of doing so, he decided to pose instead fml.

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Okay, managed to get a shot without him.

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Breakfast that morning was Kyoto Banana. Geddit? :P

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If you didn’t get it… this is the original Tokyo Banana that everyone raves about. I personally don’t find it particularly impressive to be honest.

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We ended up spending 2 hours at the shop, which seriously was the worst 2 hours of my life in Japan.

And the most expensive.

Because I felt so guilty about all the shit I gave him for missing his flight, I decided to buy him the fishing reel he wanted.

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Can’t believe I spent so much on a few pieces of metal.

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But ok la.. he happy can already. Now we’re quits!

Okay, the end! (for now!) To be continued of course, but for now you can read part one of my Japan travelogue here. :)