We took a bus pass for 500¥ (~6$CAD) and headed to Higashiyama district, walked to Kiyomizudera, which we both already visited but it’s such a nice temple with its wooden terrace. It’s one of my favorite things to see in Kyoto. Unfortunately, the temple is under renovations right now (until March 2020!). Despite the rain, a lot of people rented kimono and yukata to wear and visit the temple.
At the temple, there’s the lovers’ stones: it’s said if you can walk from one stone to the other with your eyes closed, you will find love (haha).
We wanted to go to Nijo Castle but when we arrived, it was already closing, preparing for an event… We decided to return to the castle at 6 pm, to see what the event was, and there was a crazy line that, I swear, was going around the castle! We decided to wait and see (we had dinner reservations), the line went pretty fast (20 min), but once inside the castle, there was another huge line.
It was actually a light and projection special show, using the castle and the cherry blossoms as support. The admission was 400¥ (~5$CAD). Once inside, we skipped the line to see the projections and just walked through the park because we had to go to Hafuu Honten, a steakhouse. :3 It was pouring rain so hard, we were soaked.
Eat: Hafuu Honten Steakhouse
We couldn’t be in Japan and not try wagyu beef 🙂 We were not disappointed. We had the original dinner course, which was 10000¥ (~114$CAD) per person, and there was plenty of food. We sat at the counter to watch the chefs at work. Also, the owner speaks perfect English! The beef was so yummy, I didn’t feel like the difference sauces brought anything to its flavor. For dessert, there was a mini crème brûlée and it was perfect.