perhaps one of my favourite places in Kyoto would be the great Kiyomizu Temple. it is indeed a very very touristy spot. but the thing is, its beautiful! that’s why it’s so packed with foreigners. I have yet to visit many hidden temples/shrines since I am not quite much of a temple or shrine person. but I will! slowly.
took a bus here. did I mention it costs only 500yen for unlimited bus rides?
and yeap, I wore a Kimono! it had always been my dream since I was little to dress in one. I didn’t look very good in it but still! I liked how you can only take small steps and walk like penguins. very adorable to me =3.
I had a habit to stop by every store selling warabi-mochi because I love mochi. but why does warabi mochi (not those in convenience stores) have to be so expensive T_T. going broke for mochi. the one I had here was the best I’ve ever had so far. not sure how to describe the store but it was on the way up =X. and had seats like the above.
hello. welcome to Kiyomizu! it was freezing cold in January and I was shivering under the not very thick kimono.
how I wish to own all of those Totoro drawings! to control my otaku self for my love for Ghibli, I limit myself to only purchase ONE item at most when ever I visit a shop. currently only have 5 items from Glibli =S. somebody, present me all of the rest!!!
look how beautiful the street was!
another favourite snack while in Kyoto, Matcha ice cream. not a big fan of the real matcha drink since it’s really bitter, but it seemed like everything else made from matcha tastes amazingly sweet and delicious.
some random alley. spam.
I don’t know where’s the picture of this green tea biscuit with white chocolate sandwiched in the middle is, but since I’ve described about it, you should know. it was really popular when I was there and super delicious. I only wished I had bought more. Malebranche is the name of the brand.
those ice cold cucumber sticks was delicious but I later found out that it usually costs only 100yen for a stick. so don’t pay anything more than that.
finally! getting close to the temple.
had to take a picture here hahhahah. tourists are tourists.
but heck, most famous temples have high entrance fee =(. I think this temple costs around 500yen per entry. but worth it anyway!
and up up up! it was really pretty. the whole temple.
you should drink it at some places and you should wash your hands only at some places. from my observation, if the stick’s wooden, you normally wash your hands with the holy water while if the sticks metal, you should drink it. but get a Japanese person to help read it for you! or just look at what the rest does. the easiest. haha.
I wonder if foxes are seen as holy animals or gods but I’ve seen foxes in many temples and they look so cute.
I assume touching the rock makes me luckier! I hope it isn’t some rock for pregnancy or something =X.
Kiyomizu! it is actually not quite as beautiful when I went since it was under construction =/. but they say the temples phenomenal if you come here during autumn.
now you’re supposed to drink it!
random shopping area in Kyoto.
can you spot the kitkat corner?!
each time you rent a kimino, you should take purikura for remembrance! and I left mine somewhere at home.. I don’t know where T_T. grrrr.
somewhere in Shijo.
izakaya : Japanese drinking place.
some really beautiful Italian restaurant.
really love this street. very pretty. =3.
PS: I rented my Kimono from Yumeyakata. the cheapest amongst all with an online site. I got my Japanese friend to searched for me as well. this is the cheapest! and their quality’s not bad too ^^. here’s the website : http://www.yumeyakata.com/english/