I had a long weekend because I took a day off on Friday and our office is closed on Monday: Japanese National Holiday, Sports and Health Day.
I decided to come to Kyoto.
Kyoto is popular sightseeing place for Japanese and foreign tourists; therefore, Shinkansen (bullet train) is full.
I listened to the announcement that the Shinkansen is full and all seats are taken.
I managed to get few last seats.
First, I went to Chinese Restaurant: Marushin Hansen for lunch.
This restaurant is famous for Gyoza (fried dumplings) and Tenshinhan (rice with egg).
Then went to foot massage at Shion, Kyoto Station.
I felt so good because my body was exhausted!
When you arrive Kyoto Station early and don’t know what to do, you can go for a quick massage, quick as 15 mins and they are good!
Checked in at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hachijo Guchi, Kyoto.
It’s conveniently near to Kyoto Station, Subway Kujo Station and Bus Stop.
I had Chanko Nabe (put anything into soup/pot) for dinner.
There are varieties of mashroom (autumn seasonal vegetable), vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, oyster, ise ebi (lobster) and udon noodle.
After dinner, I listened to Tsugaru Jamisen (Japanese guitar).
It’s so powerful!
The next day, I played golf at King’s Road Golf Course.
I started with breakfast because we left hotel early.
We couldn’t get a golf course in Kyoto; therefore, we crossed two prefectures and went to Hyogo Prefecture to play. hahaha
But there is no regret because it’s a nice course to play.
Some trees already changed colour…
I had a Japanese traditional spaghetti, Neapolitan, for lunch.
This is one of Japanese modified western food.
After a game, returned to Kyoto and went to Gion Negiyaki Kana Higashi Ten (Higashi Store), Gion, Kyoto for dinner.
The restaurant is nice and cozy with a traditional Teppan (grill plate).
However, I didn’t enjoy food…
These are typical Kansai Food (Osaka Food); therefore, I can enjoy these at other restaurants.
However, if you want to enjoy the atmosphere, it’s nice.
If you are new to Negiyaki (Japanese pizza or shall I call it, pancake? with Negi (leeks), it’s okay.
It’s also economical.
I woke up late on Monday and got ready to go out.
I had seasonal tendon (tempura bowl) at Fushimi Tenpura Oe, Fushimi, Kyoto for brunch.
I want to go to Fushimi Inari Taisha.
Today, it’s a popular place for Instgram, known for Sen-bon Torii (1,000 red shrine gates) and the place could be crowded.
By the way, I need to warn you; you should wear a pair of comfortable shoes to climb up stairs to go up to the summit.
It’s a good exercise.
It’s hot today so I sweat a lot; but I feel better after exercising and praying at many shrines.
I feel detoxed!
It’s proven I’m detoxed because I pulled Daikichi (the luckiest) for omikujo (fortune tell).
After a good exercise and pray, I had early dinner, Oinari (fried tofu with marinated rice) at Omiya, Fushimi, Kyoto.
It’s simple, but delicious.
I purchased a Shinkansen ticket online.
Central Japan Railway Company introduced a new service allowing to purchase a Shinkansen ticket online by registering IC train or subway card and credit card.
I don’t need to queue on a line to purchase a ticket.
However, again, Shinkansen is packed so I can reserve only one hour later Shinkansen.
I didn’t have a green tea during this Kyoto trip so I went to Japanese traditional sweet manufacturer, Tsuruya Yoshinobu’s cafe: Irodori, Kyoto Station for green tea and Anmitsu (Japanese traditional dessert – Jelly).
I very much enjoyed this time’s sudden and short trip to Kyoto.
I feel refleshed!