Japan, Kyoto

[Bullet Train Travels, Day 2 – Kyoto, Japan]

January 4, 2015

For the second time we got a little early morning wake up. I hit the snooze, pretended to go back to sleep as Ben got completely ready and then threw something on in five minutes as he was heading towards the door.

Once out however I was as usual, ravenously hungry. As with other train stations, this one had amazing food options. I wanted to get pastries but almost got a croissant taiyaki aka Japan’s version of a cronut. A croissant Taiyaki. (Taiyaki being a red bean filled waffle-y pancake fish).

I tried on my scariest new scarf to head out

I tried on my scariest new scarf to head out

Packed Ride

Packed Ride

Needless to say after some really intense train riding, we made it to the bullet train. The ride was smooth and incomparable to any transportation I’ve taken to get from any point A to point B. A short nap and a few secret photos of me drooling later, we arrived in the beautiful, sleepy and that day, rainy city of Kyoto.

All aboard!

All aboard!

Views passing by and a snack of course

Views passing by and a snack of course

Taking a walk

Taking a walk

A rainy one

A rainy one

Almost bought some veggies

Almost bought some veggies

but kept on walking...

but kept on walking…

We had some time to walk around, our first stop would be the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. We made it to about ten minutes into the walk when I pulled us over for some famous Kyoto Matcha Green Tea Frozen Yogurt. Despite the rain it was refreshingly unsweetened and rich.

Mmm froyo, mochi, all sorts of amazing sweeeet snacks

Mmm froyo, mochi, all sorts of amazing sweeeet snacks

Ben waiting patiently

Ben waiting patiently

Still waiting...

Still waiting…

Success!

Success!

yum.

yum.

Ben being jealous of my snack and sharing the froyo with me…stopped us for my snacks literally at the front of the entrance. I have to say though, maybe best curry puff I’ve ever had.

We kept on walking

We kept on walking

took a sideline to look at these amazing snacks (but I held off!)

took a sideline to look at these amazing snacks (but I held off!)

Ben browsed his options

Ben browsed his options

And landed on this hot curry puff

And landed on this hot curry puff

Finally, we made it!

The map was unhelpful

The map was unhelpful

We started on our way anyhow

We started on our way anyhow

Took some pictures

Took some pictures

We made it to the first shrine

We made it to the first shrine

Hard not to take things back with us!

Hard not to take things back with us!

We continued down the path

We continued down the path

I would like to move into the forest

I would like to move into the forest

No but seriously...

No but seriously…

Then we took more pictures of course

Then we took more pictures of course

Checked out another shrine

Checked out another shrine

I took even more pictures, especially when literally gifts were hanging on trees

I took even more pictures, especially when literally gifts were hanging on trees

We even stopped by one last photo opp

We even stopped by one last photo opp

Then we hit the streets

Then we hit the streets

Ben continued to be restricted by Japan's teeny sizes

Ben continued to be restricted by Japan’s teeny sizes

and back to the train we go!

and back to the train we go!

At this point in my blogventure, I’ve deleted so many pictures. Sorry for the overload guys! We only had a few hours in Kyoto and did as much as we could! Our last stop was a few subway stops away at the Nishiki Food Market.

I will present these without comment. We had a whirwind few hours of snack eating and then headed back home to Hotel Ueno. Sayonara Kyoto!

Welcome to the food market

Welcome to the food market

Rule #1, don't stop at the first thing you see

Rule #1, don’t stop at the first thing you see

Rule #2, there is literally nothing like fresh mochi, when presented with the opportunity...take it!

Rule #2, there is literally nothing like fresh mochi, when presented with the opportunity…take it!

omnomnom

omnomnom

Dried fish, pickled radishes

Dried fish, pickled radishes

A serious buffet of samples

A serious buffet of samples

From seafood to veggies

From seafood to veggies

Despite our imminent tonkatsu experience we stopped for snacks

Despite our imminent tonkatsu experience we stopped for snacks

And more snacks

And more snacks

Even more vegges

Even more vegges

Ben ate some raw fish

Ben ate some raw fish

At the end of the market there is a "mall" with shrines of course

At the end of the market there is a “mall” with shrines of course

And the world's best arcade game

And the world’s best arcade game

I was getting tired

I was getting tired

Pretty soon we were on our way back, goodnight!

Pretty soon we were on our way back, goodnight!

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