So the trip starts with KYOTO!
So the trip took us around ~45 mins and we got to sleep on the train ^^
After leaving our bags in the hotel lobby because it wasn’t time to check in (check in is at 3 pm!), we went out to start our exploration for the day!
I told my friends that the first thing I would do when I go to JAPAN would be to try the NISSIN cup noodles.
If you disagree with me, too bad. HAHA.
Okay so we went into a 7-11 convenience store and got ourselves cup noodles
They also had TOMYUM cup noodles hahaha !
I got the KING SIZED one (of course!) and the verdict was yum!
The noodles were delicious, they were chewy and the soup was delicious! However, it is COMPARABLE to Singapore’s NISSIN so I would give Singapore a pat on the back for that,
well, they DID get the noodles from Japan, right? haha!
OMG, THE EGGS WERE SO DELICIOUS THAT I BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE! LEGIT.
Honestly, i don’t even have to rate the food here! I’ll give it a 5 Thumbs up! HAHA !
If you tried Singapore’s Harajuku eggs and loved it, do try the ones here too!
The ones in Japan are more flavourful with a strong taste that explodes in your mouth without leaving any sticky feeling that hard boiled egg yolks normally give and would get stuck in between your teeth yucks ><!
Then off we go to Kyoto Bus Interchange ~
There’s a vending machine for it everywhere and the Japanese are really considerate to place English speaking guides around to guide us because it was really crowded there!
the ride was super long ZOMG. I had a lot of sightseeing but it was really far away , took us about 45mins to one hour ??
When we finally reached out station, we were thrilled! There were a lot of MATCHA stores around the entrance but sadly bf and I don’t like matcha.
This is something we both really agree on haha and so matcha doesn’t appeal to us!
Still, matcha fans can get some matcha ice cream or souvenirs made out of matcha !!
The temple was really big and while walking bf wanted to ring the bell for blessings and so we did it together!
In the end, we found out that those people were trying to get the coin into the bowl placed in front of the statues because they believed that good luck/blessings/wishes would be granted to those who manage to toss it into the bowl.
Many failed but kept trying (including BF and me haha). There were many statues around ^^
At the end of the route, there were souvenirs stores selling amulet (even cute ones omg!) that you can purchase!
Be it for good health, luck, studies, wealth, love, marriage… You name it, they have it! ^^
So the steps to pray in a Japanese Shrine are as follow:
1) Pass through the torii gate. All shrines have a torii gate, even if they do not have a main sanctuary housing the spirit of a deity. …
2) Purify your hands and mouth at the “te Mizu ya” water pavilion…
3) At the altar, bow twice, clap your hands twice and then bow once to pray.
It is important to respect the Japanese culture so do remember to not do anything impolite there ^^
Also, the Japanese believe in drawing lots. It is a little different from how the Chinese do it because lots are drawn from a little machine/box(like lucky draw haha)
They believe that if you get good lots, bring it back with you but if you get a bad/average lot, hang it by the liners ~
So moving onto our next stop, we went to Omuro Ninnaji
The bus from Kinaku Ji took us to Omuro Ninnaji which was a smaller temple but we decided to take a look since it is on the way.
Honestly, there are a lot of shrines and temples in Kyoto so everywhere you go you’ll be like “ HEY THATS A SHRINE/TEMPLE!” HAHA
We took the train from the Omuro Ninnaji to our next station, “ARASHI YAMA”
Anyway, Arashi Yama is a place where you guys really have to go because there are a lot of attractions there! Remember to also not go late because the shops close at 6 pm!
WHAT TO DO IN ARASHI YAMA ?
1. Rent Kimonos
Please do !!! So that you can take pictures here with the wonderful sightings !!!
Before coming to this place, do make a comparison on the various stores that rents out kimonos!
There are some stores that give out special discounts at various timings or on special events!
BF and I got our kimonos from “Studio Kokoro”! The staff was friendly and nice!
We were given choices and there were different styles you could choose from!
For me, I let them decide whatever they wanna do for me and they chose a pink kimono for me! it was a doll up session ^^
Also, they styled my hair! A Japanese pouch as an accessory was also given! ^^
That was also the place where I made my first attempt to speak to the lady who was styling my hair!
To my surprise, she was just a year older than me!
She also told me that Kyoto was famous for Yube (Tofu) and delicious food was just across the street!
After everything was ready, they would give you around 2.5-3 hours to walk around in your kimono for you to take pictures! ^^
I was a little conscious when we walked out because if we did this in Singapore we would probably be judged and stared at but it is perfectly normal in Japan! Yay!
I love Japan *Nods*
2. Visit Arashiyama Owl Cafe
All in all, it was a nice experience mingling with the owls! And oh they have names! Some would respond when you call out to them!!!
Ps, There is a cat cafe beside it too if you love cats! ^^
3. EAT the food there !!
For only 400 YEN, we were served beef with rice with a flavorful sauce that was exceptionally delicious!
I EVEN ATE THE FATS FOR GOODNESS SAKE! THATS HOW DELICIOUS IT WAS OMG !!
ME AND BF COULDN’T TAKE IT AND WENT FOR A SECOND ROUND HAHAHA ! 2 bowls of rice each !!
TAKE MY MONEY AND MORE BEEF PLS !!!
4. Picnic by the river ~
5. Visit Bamboo Groves
A unique place filled with bamboos! Hey, don’t laugh! It is really a nice cooling place HAHAHA especially for nice pictures because the bamboos are stacked together nicely HAHA
On the way, there are also food stalls that sell TAKOYAKI and RAMEN so prepare your money people HAHAHA
5. Get souvenirs
PLEASE get the nuts from there omg it is so delicious and is even more valid if it comes from a person like me who doesn’t like nuts to begin with!
Kyoto has MAMEMASA nuts which refer to mixed nuts yummy! It is so flavorful and delicious! How would I know before buying it? From the samples la of course!
The stall owners were very generous with the samples and mind you, it is not expensive at all!!! with the price ranging from 300-500 YEN depending on how many grams you get?
And before that, I haven’t even counted the ones i ate HAHA!
Amulets are everywhere and you can get some to bless your family and friends although some may be overpriced! Of course, you would have to believe in it! It can also be used as an accessory!
It was really late afterward so we decided to end our day here by going back to our hotel to rest ~ Long way back though but really worth it!
I love how everything is so quiet after 6 pm and we can hear peaceful music being played (NOT HALLUCINATING GUYS HAHA !)
So whats for supper ?
Bf wanted to try 7-11 ready to eat meals so we kinda tried to control ourselves to not grab everything HAHAHA but all of them really looked delicious !!
1. Tuna and egg sushi
2. Curry Rice
3. Cold Noodles
4. Harajuku Eggs (YES AGAIN OMG)
5. Vegetables (Salad)
BF literally screamed “MOMO TRY THIS” while I mixed my noodles
Okay I am not exaggerating here BUT the standard of a 7-11 CURRY RICE IN JAPAN = THE STANDARD OF COCO ICHIBAN (OR EVEN BETTER!!!!)
OH MY GOD. I have never tasted such tender meat and I’m not exaggerating you guys must try it okay!!!! but sorry no pics coz bf ate the whole thing before i could take any! *facepalms*
The Tuna and egg sushi tasted so homely that I really wonder is it really from a convenience store because I’ll gladly pay for this at a premium sushi shop!!! *GASP*
I never liked tuna because of its smelly fishy smell but this one was delicious… WITH CORN OMG !!!
The eggs, needless to say, was great!
The cold noodles were delicious even though there was wasabi in it !! :O Reminds me of Taiwan’s Sesame cold noodles (麻酱面) without sesame & it was delicious !
The salad was fresh ~ I wonder why Singapore 7-11 doesn’t serve salad 😦 Healthy living ought to be promoted even in convenience store ~
With that, we conclude our first day in KYOTO to be an eye opener *Claps*