Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Japan: Kyoto day 1

The sister and I arrive in Kyoto in the afternoon after a long JR train ride from Tokyo. I will blog about Japan's awesome train lines but for now, this is a blog post dedicated to us walking around aimlessly in Kyoto as we attempt to regain our consciousness (and try to soak up as much of the scenery!).

Our hotel was located about 10 minutes away from the Nishiki market. There's a lot to see and taste in the market but be warned, for some odd reason, we felt a bit "unwelcomed" here. The Japanese are usually accommodating towards tourists but perhaps due to an influx of rude/ misbehaving tourists lately, they seem to be a lot more reserved when they approach tourists.

Nonetheless, we found a shop that specializes in wagashi aka traditional Japanese confectionary. Each piece was about 3/4 the size of my palm and not overly sweet at all. Love how the Japanese pay so much attention to every little detail on their treats - makes me feel overwhelmed because I was only paying $3 for a piece of art!

After we walked further away from Nishiki market, we stumbled across a river which has a restaurants all along the entire stretch. Not sure if they tourist traps or not but hey, at least the sakuras are still in perfect view from the restaurant:)

So we bought a packet of Japanese strawberries after reading so much hype about them. Truthfully, they do taste different from the Australian versions and whilst I can vouch that each piece is blemish free, I'm not sure if its any better than the Australian ones. I like both of them equally:)

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