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KYOTO, JAPAN (NOV 2014)

After all the walking I did in Tokyo, I was ready and excited for more in Kyoto 😛 That day I woke up late and missed the bullet train that’s supposed to leave at 6:30AM because well, I woke up at 6:30AM.

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The massive Kyoto station at night

And so I arrived in Kyoto station two hours later than I originally planned. Upon arriving the station, my next problem was to find the right exit that will lead me to my accommodation which is a few blocks away from the Kyoto Tower. Because I don’t have a data connection, no Google Maps for me, all I have is a printout of the access map from my accommodation’s website. I walked out of the station, hoping to see the Kyoto Tower outside. I continued walking anyway until I realized that I was walking too far already, I still cannot see the tower. I stopped at the corner of a street, wondering which direction to take. Then a nice Japanese lady approached me and said, “Ogenki desu ka”. I showed her the map. She then tried to explain to me, despite her struggle in speaking in English, that I took the wrong exit. She was on her way to Kyoto Station so she offered to show me the way. I gladly agreed so together we walked back to the station and she didn’t leave me until we reach the exit that will lead me to the street where my accommodation is. That was my first taste of Japanese hospitality and my introduction to Kyoto. 🙂

Konnichiwa Kyoto!

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My first autumn experience!

This is the second part of my birthday trip and I’m so looking forward to see this city! There is just so much to see, do, and eat 😀 I must say that my favorite places are Fushimi Inari Taisha, Tofukuji, Keage Incline, and the district of Sagano Arashiyama. I highly recommend that you come early as possible to the more popular sites as they can get really crowded. Good walking shoes are required as there will be a lot of walking – especially for people like me who always have a tendency to get lost. Rent a bicycle if you can, like I did in Arashiyama, so that you can move around faster. This is probably my most exhausting birthday ever but I enjoyed every moment, so many good memories. 🙂

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Tenryu-ji Temple they say is the most important temple in Arashiyama district.
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The crowd at Tenryu-ji

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The bamboo groves path of Arashiyama
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My ride in Arashiyama
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Hmmm… where to eat?
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My first stop on the day of my birthday – Fushimi Inari Taisha
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What the fox say?
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Fushimi Inari Taisha
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If you want a shot of the torii gates like this empty, come earlier.
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Yes, that’s me
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Votive tablets at the Fushimi Inarii Taisha
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Foxy place
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For washing hands or for drinking
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Somewhere in this picture is a beautiful and shiny black lab ❤
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Inside Fushimi Inari Taisha away from the torii gates
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I came here at before 7AM. Around this time it’s already 11AM. I’m happy I came earlier to avoid this crowd.
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Super hungry after that 3-hour hike at Fushimi Inari. The shops outside are open already. I’m eating this yummy toriyaki first!
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Then I want a takoyaki. 8 pieces for one order. I can’t finish it
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Then I passed by a senbei (Japanese rice crackers) shop. I tried the soft senbei on stick.
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A beautiful day at Tofukuji Temple. Look at the clouds!

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Tofukuji Temple

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A place to sit and enjoy a hot matcha and mochi at the Tofukji Temple grounds
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While walking out of Tofukuji Temple grounds, I saw noticed something waving at me…
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Aren’t they cute?

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The cutest little girl

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Grow old together
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Kamo River
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizudera Temple
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Kiyomizu
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After an early morning visit make sure you walk down the beautiful streets of Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka.

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Yasaka Shrine
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Yasaka Shrine
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Chion-in Temple. I dont know how I got here.
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Keage Incline
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Keage Incline

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Yaki Dango
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I’m taking the way to Tetsugaku no michi
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Tetsugaku no michi or Philosophers Walk
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One of the many cats at the Philosopher’s Walk
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