Our last day in Kyoto was spent wandering around the Gion area as well as Nishiki Market and the surrounding streets. We did chance upon a few shrines/temples as we wandered around.
After a quick bite for breakfast, we walked over to Gion, in particular the quaint Hanamikoji street for some geisha/maiko spotting and to take nice pictures. Although it was really pretty at night, pictures didn’t really turn out too well the previous night.
We spent about an hour or so just walking around, snapping pictures, and basically just soaking in the beautiful atmosphere.
Matching outfits on a cool day out. 😉 We took close to 20 shots, and stood there for around 20min, all to get a picture with no one in the background! Somehow, there’s always one random pedestrian who gets in the pictures hahaha. But yes, we finally got a few nice pictures after many many tries!
Could these 2 be maikos out on errands? I thought that they could be maikos, purely because they split up after a while to head their separate ways, and their kimonos were elegantly gorgeous (unlike some kimonos tourists rent). Oh yes, they had no cameras as well (a big tell-tale sign of fake maikos hahaha).
We also explored the temple grounds of Kenninji, which could be found at the end of the street. Pictures turned out really well, as the autumn leaves lent an air of charm to the temple.
After hanging around the Gion area for a while more, we walked over to Nishiki Market for a light lunch. We did not sit down to have a meal, but rather, we sampled a variety of yummy snacks as we explored the market.
Some really yummy snacks are:
- 200¥ (S$2.33) tako tamago (octopus with quail egg)
- 450¥ (S$5.23) ikaage (cuttlefish)
- 200¥ (S$2.33) marinated fatty salmon
- 120¥ (S$1.40) soy sauce rice cracker
I really liked the tako tamago! A I bit into the eggy head of the octopus, I was wondering which genius came up with this amazing combination.
The soy sauce rice cracker was delicious too, although I really should have tried more flavours. There’s always next time!
The fatty salmon was pretty good too, while the ikaage was nice (a bit softer than sotong balls in Singapore).
We walked (yes, we keep walking :p) to Ipppdo tea house as I had intended to buy some matcha from there. Long story short, I did not buy matcha in the end, although I did a tasting. The matcha was of really good quality, but I did not get it because it was rather expensive and I would have required special preparation equipment (e.g. Bamboo whisk, etc) to really bring out the matcha flavor. The total cost was a bit out of my overall budget.
Along the way to Ippodo, we happened upon a small cafe (Innoda Coffee). Although the smell of roasted coffee permeated the air, and was really tempting, the cakes I saw on display were even more tempting, and thus we ordered 2 cakes instead.
The mille feuille had an apple strudel-type crust pastry, while the inner filling of custard cream was deliciously sweet. There was also a sugar glaze on the top of the mille feuille, making the cake a very sweet (but yummy) one!
The lemon pie was tasty too. The base layer was made of lemon pudding, while the lemon curd was fluffy and had a ‘cloud-like’ texture. It melted in my mouth and was so yummy! Both cakes cost 490¥ (S$5.70) each, and were worth every cent.
We did some shopping (more of C actually) along Terramachi street as we headed back to the main Shijo shopping street.
The entire area is pretty walkable, although the distances aren’t really that short. There are enough things along the way to keep one occupied and interested though, so it’s not a long boring walk.
We ended our day early with dinner at Yayoiken (near our hotel). I had a pork cutlet don 680¥ (S$7.90), which had so much rice that I didn’t manage to finish. The pork cutlet itself was really good though, and I picked the bowl clean of all the crumbs!
After dinner, we collected our luggages from the hotel, and departed for Kansai Airport. To get to Kansai Airport, we took a bus to Kyoto station, and transferred to a Rapid Service train to Osaka. From Osaka, we caught another Rapid train to Kansai Airport.
L’s TIP: Do note that usually only cars 1-4 are bound for the airport, while the other cars split up to head elsewhere. We nearly ended up at Wakayama instead, as we were in car 8.
Thankfully, a kind Jap man asked us if we were heading to the airport, and informed us that the carriage that we were in would not be heading to the airport. We had to change carriages, and did so one carriage at a time. Looking back, it was kind of fun rushing from one carriage to the next at every station! 😛
We managed to reach Kansai Airport safely and checked in to our hotel (Hotel Nikko) to get some rest before our early morning flight the following morning (5.30am check-in urghh).
Summary of Day 3:
– Nishiki Market
– Inoda Coffee
– Terramachi Street