11 July 2014

Day 13: Arashiyama

Day 13: Sosoan, Kyoto

This bus timetable at the bus stop anywhere in Kyoto is very very cool.  They tell you the whereabouts bus is at that moment.  Like where the bus is stopping or approaching the next stop.  So you are not waiting undoubtedly to when your bus actually will come.

The romantic train journey run along magnificent scenery from Saga Arashiyama to Kamoeka station.  All those beautiful river and mountain backdrop view and the cute tanuki statues on the platform is worth seeing for.  Basically, the train ride back and forth from Arashiyama to Kamoeka station takes about half an hour long.  We made an early stop on the way at back, just one stop before Arashiyama station where we got on before, then walk along the Bamboo Groves until reach back to where we come from.

Tanuki Statues

Bamboo Groves

Saga Scenic Train
From Saga-Arashiyama station to Kamoeka station
Return ticket is 1,200yen/adult

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Day 13: Italian Restaurant at Yodobashi Dining, Kyoto

18 June 2014

Day 13: Sosoan, Kyoto

Day 13: Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Stairs, Kyoto

Philosopher's Path

Sosoan Restaurant, Kyoto

Kyoto is also known as a tofu town.  I have seen from few blogs mentioning that Sosoan restaurant is one of restaurant that serving a tofu set course menu.  Located near the Philosopher's Path, make it easy to find.  The dining area is located on the second floor.  However, there is only one waitress in the restaurant and she couldn't speak English at all.  She brought this piece of paper only with 2 or 3 price lists and how many food in that set. Without knowing what the list of food that we will be getting, we choose from the price that suit our budget then gambling from there and hope she will serve a good tofu meal.

Agedashi tofu

Tofu and seaweed soup

Grilled fish

Stew figs with bean curd milk
 This dish that got me remember.  Tofu or bean curd is pretty normal in savoury dishes for me, but for dessert is still unusual.  The figs were cooked beautifully, soft yet still have this crunchy texture on but once they mixed with the bean curd soup, taste kinda weird.

Overall, we quite disappointed with this meal although this was quite unique and interesting meal that I ever had.  I mean, they presented the food beautifully but for the taste is slightly out of my ordinary radar. Generally, I like my bean curd or I even adore soy milk but they way they put them all together as a complete dish wasn't appealing to me in the matter of flavour-wise.  Lack of seasoning especially for the bean curd soup and their dessert.

So So An Restaurant, kyoto
A block away from Philosopher's path and near the Honenin Temple
Ph: 075-352-3131

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Day 13: Arashiyama, Kyoto

15 June 2014

Day 13: Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Stairs, Kyoto

Day 13: Kiyomizudera, Kyoto

An amazing and beautiful steps of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka in Kyoto.  This steps have been preserved as historic streets to maintain their originality and traditional look including those magnificent appearance of the Japanese style houses along the way as well.

We then stopped by at one of eel or unagi restaurant along the way.  What a great pick!!!  We ordered an unagi set menu with rice.  The eel was so tender and cooked to perfection.  It tastes absolutely delicious and rich in flavour.  Even the rice itself got a really nice sauce mixed into it.  Superb lunch.

Unagi lunch box 3,600yen

This couple is not the real Geisha, they are just doing the photo shoot.  Apparently, there are a few studios in Kyoto that provide this service and while you are wearing the Kimono, they will give you some time to walk a round the town too.

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14 June 2014

Day 13: Kiyomizudera, Kyoto

Day 12: Gion, Kyoto

Another World Heritage site to visit in Kyoto is Kiyomizudera. This temple is famous for its wooden stage that just out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below.  The main hall was built without the use of nails, how clever!!  To get there, you can take a bus number 100 or 206 and get off at Gojo Zaka or Kiyomizu Michi bus stop, from there you need to walk uphill about 10 minutes before arriving the temple. 

Lucky smoke

Kiyomizudera, Kyoto
Kiyomizudera, Kyoto

Otowa Waterfall

Love stone is apparently very popular among the youngster.  If someone can walk blind-folded from one stone end then touch the stone from another end, she or he is believed to find the true love. 

Green tea puff 300yen/each

Kiyomizudera, Kyoto
The closest bus stop:
Gojo-zaka and Kiyomizu michi bus stop (bus number 100 or 206)
From there, you need around 10 minutes walking uphill to the temple

Entry fee: 300yen

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