Yesterday we traveled the entire day on a coach bus around Kyoto to see the temples. It was very funny because when we got on the bus at 8:30 am…we were the only ones without gray hair. Let me tell you those senior citizens were quite pushy, we could barely get off the bus at some points. Haha.
It was a really long day, but completely worth it. We started at the Nijo Castle which was amazing, went to the Imperial Palace, a few other temples and ended with my favorite the Kiyomizu temple.
The Kiyomizu Temple was up a pretty big hill. When we got there it was packed with people. It made it a little difficult to get up the hill and stay with our group. The hill was lined with lots of tea shops and souvenir stores. The area itself used to be home to many pottery stores, but the artists have since moved to the other side of the hill. There was still quite a bit of pottery presence though.
The temples were massive with amazing views of Kyoto City limits from the top. It was so worth the climb and navigating through tourists. Eventually we were given free time to roam around and discend down the hill on our own. Dan and I decided to stop for some matcha in a cute little restaurant and then began to walk back to our bus, or so we thought. Japan is filled with a million little side streets that all look the same. We got a little lost and felt like we were walking forever. We tried and tried to find our bus, but ended up deciding to give up and walk around the town. We ended up at a really yummy rooftop BBQ garden. It was so fun. The food was delicious. You got a smorgasbord of meats and veggies to grill in front of you. The beer was all you could drink Asahi and had a little self pouring machine. You put your cup in and it would pick it up and perfectly tilt the glass and then top it with the perfect amount of foam. I want one of those machines for our house. It was awesome. They also gave us marshmallows to roast on the grill after we finished eating. It was really fun. I would highly recommend it.
We finally took a cab back to our hotel and called it a night after a fun, long day. Today we are off to Hiroshima, which we are hoping calmed down after John Kerry’s visit the other day!
Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂
Here are some pictures from our day exploring Kyoto…