Kyoto Travel Blog› entry 8 of 17 › view all entries
May 21st, 2010 – by: saltycoco
Woke up around 7 am Friday morning, and I still wasnâ€™t sure where to start in Kyoto. So I got dressed up, and bought the Kyoto one-day bus pass for 500 yen at the hostel lobby, which is a bargain if you plan to use the Kyotoâ€™s extensive bus system to get around. I then went ahead to Kyoto station to obtain the bus map routes and a nicer map of the Kyoto sites and attractions. I decided that I was going to visit the sites that required a lot of travel time by bus or by train, and since I was in Kyoto station already, I hopped on a JR line to visit Fushimi Inari shrine, which is famous for its multiple red torii gates that you can walk through.
At first I planned on going to Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji temple by taking the bus from Kyoto station, but since I was already at the station, I took the JR line for Arashiyama instead. Arashiyama is a little district on the western side of Kyoto, mainly I wanted to check out their bamboo forest, which many draw comparisons to the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and possibly get on the Sagano Romantic train ride. Well I ended up going to Tenryu-ji Temple first because I followed the other tourists after I got off the train.
Next up I went to Togetsukyo Bridge, I didnâ€™t cross the bridge, instead I made a quick right and walked down the path. They had river boat rides, but decided to continue on to try to find the path leading to the bamboo forest. I walked uphill and eventually found the bamboo forest. It was a hot and humid day, so I was glad to find out that the path in the bamboo forest was shaded by the trees.
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple
I had a hard time at first trying to figure out Kyotoâ€™s bus system, which bus number to take, and which platform the bus stops at, but after looking at the signs I figured it out. I was feeling a little tired, and it took a while to get to the temple due to traffic, I must have dozed up for 10 minutes listening to this white foreigner and this Japanese girl behind me talking in English, there were too many uncomfortable silences during their conversation, I knew they like each other, but they were just too shy to admit it, thatâ€™s how tense it was.
Near Kinkaku-ji is a bus stop which you can take to Ryoan-ji temple.
Yasaka shrine and Gion district
From Ryoan-ji I tried to find the bus number that will take me to Kyoto station, but I was still having a hard time understanding it, so I ended up walking for the next 30 minutes or so to a JR station nearby, and from there I went to Kyoto station.
Well after Iâ€™ve had some fun I visited the Kyoto downtown area and walked around a bit. I visited this mall and ordered this tasty looking strawberry fruit parfait ice cream. I thought they were going hand that thing to me, so I could eat it right away, but they wrapped it in a small box and put it in a nice paper bag. I was like, â€śwhaaaaaaat the hâ€¦.?!?!.â€ť Apparently almost everything you buy in Japan gets wrapped up, even small keychain souvenirs. I walked around a bit more and arrived at an arcade shopping area, and ate at this non-Japanese food restaurant. I had rice, burger patty, potato and sausage. I walked around a bit more and decided to get back to the hostel.
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