This trip is seriously flying by.  I can’t believe that after this, I’ll only have one more city to share with you all.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s stick to recapping, not mourning for a vacation that isn’t even over yet.

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Torii at Yasaka Shrine.

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Cozy back alley.

The last few days were spent in Kyoto, with a side trip to Osaka.  I’ve never been to Kyoto (unlike the first two cities I blogged about, where I had already visited in the past before coming this time around), so I really didn’t know what to expect. The first really fun thing about this leg of the trip was our hotel room.  It was a traditional Japanese-style room.

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Our main room.

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Our futon beds were stored in the closet and the staff laid them out while we were gone.

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Sleeping time!

I did know beforehand though, that Kyoto is the city of temples. It’s a very old city, and stood as the capital of Japan for most of the country’s history.  So obviously, we went to a lot of temples.

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Yasaka Shrine.

Each one has its own niche if you will.  Like a beautiful pavilion that contains treasured Buddhist artifacts.

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The Kinkakuji-otherwise known as The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

Or a Zen Buddhist temple that boasts one of the best rock gardens in the world.

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The rock garden at the Ryoan-ji.

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Moss landscapes at the Ryoan-ji.

How about one with an incredible view of the city?

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View of Kyoto from the Kiyomizu-Dera.

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Pagoda in the rainy distance.

 It felt good to immerse ourselves in culture and history; you don’t get too much of that in Tokyo with the glaring skyscrapers and bustling streets.  I was, however, pleased by the food in both locations.

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Eel Donburi-definitely fulfilled my eel quota on this trip!

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Green tea cake.

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Green tea waffles with red bean.

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Cha soba with tofu…notice a pattern? 

 

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Okonomiyaki at Mizuno in Osaka. We had to wait like an hour to eat at this tiny restaurant, but the okonomiyaki was worth it!

All in all, we had an awesome time in Kyoto.  Tomorrow, we get back on the shinkansen (bullet train) and press onward to our final, relaxation destination of the trip.  I can’t wait to get there, and share with you all soon!

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