We didn’t plan to go to Kyoto but also thought that we didn’t need an extra day in Osaka so we decided to go there last minute. A lot of the hotels were already fully booked but we found a room in Hifumi ryokan, just 5 minutes from the station.

Kyoto

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.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

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).

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

We hopped back on a bus and went to Gion to walk around Maruyama park but again it was really crowded, despite the rain. To get away from the crowd we decided to walk along the river, on what’s called the “Philosopher’s path”.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

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.

Kyoto

Kyoto

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.

Kyoto

Kyoto

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.

Kyoto Hafuu Honten

Kyoto Hafuu Honten

Kyoto Photo Album

You can see all my Osaka pictures in this Flickr album:

Kyoto

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