Japan Part II | Pink Wings
Here we are during our time in Kyoto. Notice how I accidentally matched the temple?? Hehe.
I've been so grateful for having my own personal tour guide (aka my hubby) to take me around the beautiful sites, recommend food I will like and translate for me when needed. It's made for a lovely stress-free stay and you can find my Kyoto recap and list of recommendations at the bottom of the post.

At the Fushimi Inari Temple
We biked all over the city that day. So nice to have the breeze.
Found some Japanese street food. Hubby can't resist a meat stick.
The many red gates that create a hallway
Climbing our way up to the Kiyomizu temple. Just had to stop when I saw peach soft-serve.
We liked how you can see the city-scape behind the beautiful temple giving off incense.

Kyoto:

Stayed at: Piece Hostel Tokyo
We loved our stay here. It is very well-kept and clean, the location is perfect next to the subway station, and free yummy breakfast. We booked a private room and there was not much walking room but it is nice and cozy. And they rent bikes for cheap which is really useful, especially on a hot day when it's nice to have a breeze going from site to site.

Food: My sis-in-law recommended us to go to the top of Kyoto Station where they have restaurants. Just visiting there is a fun experience in and of itself because it's a ginormous train station with tons of shopping, food and even some entertainment especially at night. But at the top there is a floor full of ramen shops and they are amazing. We ate some spicy ramen and gyoza there and it just doesn't get an yummier or more authentic than that.


Activities:

  • Fushimi Inari temple: this is the temple with the thousands of red gates. It's beautiful and a definite visit.
  • Kiyomizu temple: We biked to the Fushimi Inari temple and then this one and they are pretty convenient for biking to since they both have bike parking lots. This one is an experience even when walking up the big hill on your way to the temple. You will be eating many samples, so go with an empty stomach! Very fun and a good place to buy souvenirs.
  • Bamboo Forest: Such a beautiful place and perfect for photos because the bamboo makes it shady. 
  • Day trip to Nara: Nara is home to tons of deer that just roam the streets. We visited the Todai-ji temple and they all over, letting you pet them and feed them (they sell deer food all over as well). And another beautiful temple.


Hope this is helpful for your next Japan trip! For more questions on Kyoto, or Niigata, Tokyo and Hiroshima, don't be afraid to leave a comment or shoot me an email.


14 comments

  1. Only you can look this gorgeous on vacation. Glad to see you're having an awesome time!

    -Katherine
    http://thegreenbows.blogspot.ca

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    1. Lol well duh I'm only showing the better pictures ;) I got pretty scraggly by the end!

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  2. Just lovely!! I really love the vivid pictures :)

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    1. Thanks! The better ones are probably hubby's doing ^^

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  3. I hope you had a great time! I love traveling and that looks like such a fun place to visit xo

    www.charltonlee.com

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    1. It was really fun :) Although I gotta plug Korea too~ if you don't have a native Japanese speaker with you like I did, Korea is actually a better place for English-speaking tourists ^^

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  4. Yet again, love the shots you got! And that peach soft service ice cream, you could just do a whole post about all the street food you've tried and I'd be in heaven!

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    1. I know right? The food was amazing. Although by the end of the trip I felt like I didn't want to eat for another 10 years lol.

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  5. It looks like you guys had so much good food there, and lovely pictures Gina! I'm also loving your lacy dress~it's so feminine and cute at the same time. :D

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    1. Oh thank you! We had a really good time and the dress was nice since it was airy but by the end of the day I still wanted to be in a T-shirt and jeans lol

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  6. Maybe if I show my husband your bike photos, I will finally convince him to go to Japan next year!

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    1. Haha it's really a great place to travel though I wish we'd had more time in Tokyo~

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