06 June 2014

Day 12: Gion, Kyoto

Day 12: Nishiki Market, Kyoto

Pontocho is a narrow lane full of restaurants and bars running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, just one block west of Kamogawa River.  But we didn't have our dinner in here as it is more for tourist trap, so pricey.



Goin is another place that you need to visit while you are in Kyoto.  This place is very famous with their Geisha.  If you are lucky enough, be here around the Hanami Koji or Gion Corner area in the evening after 6pm, you may encounter with one of the genuine Geisha that only have about 250 Geisha in Kyoto.  You are allowed to take photo of her but do not stop or interrupt her, it is considered as rude and inappropriate behaviour.  They also tend to walk very fast and it is just the nature of them and they have been trained that way.  

We saw a few Geisha actually around this street, but didn't get a single nice shot of them.  As the light was very low and I didn't want to use flash, so all of my pictures are blurry and the one I post is so far the clearest I could get.

Cold soba set with tempura 1,400yen

Tempura assorted 1,000yen and rice with salmon cod roe 300 yen

In Gion, you feed your eyes with the enchanted beauty of Geisha and your mouth with the delicious crispy golden Tempura.  This one that we got were delicious, the vegetables and prawns tempura were deep fried to golden colour and the batter was very light and extremely crispy.  Then we got the choice to sprinkle some matcha salt on it as well.

Kyoto Tower

We stayed at APA Hotel for 2 nights while we're here in Kyoto.  You actually need abit of walk from Kyoto station to the hotel, is about 10 minutes walk but price per night is considerably cheap.  So far, I think, this is the smallest hotel we have stayed, yet still clean and staff are friendly as well.

Hotel APA Eki-Horikawadori, Kyoto
1 Aburanokoji-cho, Shiokoji-nishi
Aburanokoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Japan:

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