I wound up with a lot of pictures as a result of my long weekend adventure in Kyoto. These didn’t all quite fit into my other posts but I wanted to share them! These are from night and day explorations of the Higashiyama district.
Entering Yasaka Shrine
Taiyaki is a dessert-like Japanese snack sold by many street vendors. It is essentially pancake/waffle batter shaped like a fish with some sort of filling inside. Katie tried one with red bean filling and I had one with custard filling. They were served warm and sweet and were really great!
It was quite common to see Japanese women dressed up in kimonos and spending a lot of time taking turns snapping pictures of one another at the different shrines and temples in Kyoto.
Our hostel had a pretty cool balcony view… overlooking Maddie and Janet as they waited for Katie and me to retrieve some jackets so that we could embark on the slightly chilly but very beautiful evening ahead of us. Then we met up with some friends and got going with more exploring.
Kamo River in the Gion district of Kyoto
This geisha performance at Yasaka Shrine was the introductory portion of a festival that was being held at night in Gion to welcome the spring.
These lit up sculptures were some of the art that was on display during the festival.
Shidarezakura is the Japanese word for a weeping willow tree. This tree is a main attraction at night at Marayuma Park. For the festival, there was also a light display of candles in holders designed to look like bamboo, resting in water. Also, there were elaborate ikebana pieces lit up.
Somehow our gang got separated from Maddie and Janet – there was so much going on! We grabbed ice cream together, and tried to find a place to eat dinner together but restaurants were crowded and the wait for a group of our size would have been quite long, so we split up and Katie and I ended the night with dinner at a Korean barbecue place when we finally found a place with seats available. Shout outs to the nice lady at the ice cream place that took this picture for us. She was so sweet!
Katie and I started off our last day in Kyoto by trying okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake. Then we headed to Kiyomizu-dera for another view of it, this time on a clearer and more beautiful day. We feasted on some strange transparent (and flavorless) noodles, indulged in some sake, did some souvenir shopping and then headed back home. It was wonderful to have a day to spend actually relaxing in Kyoto after spending our weekend busily sightseeing.