It’s my birthday but I think I actually kinda forgot about it~ It didn’t feel like it’s my birthday, probably because I was too excited to explore Kyoto!
But I only stepped out at like past 1pm and had to give Fushimi Inari Shrine a miss 😣 Nua-ed too much!
Starting the day with my red bean dango! 😍
First destination of the day was Toji Temple, since it’s within walking distance from where I stayed~
Attracted by the pond and its reflection!
Another day of great weather and blue sky 😊
Spot the tortise sunbathing!
Toji Temple is actually famous for its 5-storey pagoda, which makes it the tallest in Japan. But I did not go in since it requires a fee, so I only stole shots from outside 😅
Visited the free areas and saw these nice paintings!
I think Kyoto is famous for its heritage which I don’t really know how to appreciate 😐 I am not a history person nor someone who likes old old things 🙊 But I still enjoy the photography part!
Really really love my Canon~ I think I’m gonna praise it in every post! 😝
Goodbye Toji Temple!
Toji Temple, checked! 😉
Got attracted by the canal and its reflection again! I like ponds, sea, canals and all the water areas that give off a calming feel 😊 Imagine if I have the time to take a morning stroll here~
Aiyo~ Look at the backside! So cute one!
Travelled down to the next destination Kiyomizu-dera aka 清水寺! I like the name~ Got 水 so zen! It’s about 15 minutes bus ride from Kyoto station + 10 minutes walk uphill. But along the way you get to see many shops and try some local delicacy!
Warm doriyaki with lots of filling + feeling! Feeling of happiness! 😍
So glad that I did not skip this temple because it’s a pretty one! Not the old old kind though it has got years of history as well~ Love the vibrant red that contrasts with the blue sky so well!
And sakura spotted again!!! Really lucky to spot my first bloom on day 2! I was still afraid that I would not be able to see any blooming trees since there seem to be a delay in this year’s sakura season~
Happy birthday girl with the sakura! 😃
Super love my Canon’s selfie function too! So convenient and nice~ No more ugly selfies with my phone 😆
The only turn off about sakura season is definitely the crowd… It’s like almost impossible to take a shot without anyone in the background 😐
Just can’t get enough of the pretty sakura! Hehe! Pardon me for the spam because I’m here for the sakura after all, so of course gotta shamelessly spam as many photos as possible 😅
Another cherry blossom tree spotted, but not blooming yet~
Blooming light pink sakura spotted too! But I think the dark pink ones have more contrast and look nicer in photos 🙂
Spent quite some time here because it’s a pretty big temple! Definitely worth a visit when you’re in Kyoto 😊
Apart from a few beautiful temples/halls within, and the garden which looks so nice to chill with a cup of tea, there is a pretty pagoda too! I personally think it looks much nicer than the one earlier on at Toji Temple 🙊
Sakura spotted again! Hehe! Yes, every time I see one I must take photos because they are just too pretty to get enough of!
And finally managed to take an empty shot with the temple because it’s closed! 😂 That’s the only time the crowd is finally cleared…phew~
Off to shop at the Higashiyama District and tried many samples 😛 But everything expires so fast so I couldn’t buy… The shops are really generous with their samples! Even gave out free green tea to go with the sweet snacks!
Happy Birthday to me~!!!
Chanced upon some pretty restaurants with nice exterior~
Is that a tombstone? 😐
Was kinda late so I gave Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine a miss as well~ I missed out the Jishu Shrine that is for love and matchmaking too! –CRY!!!–
Headed straight to Gion Shijo but it was quite a distance by foot. Plus I kinda lost my way, so took extra long to reach… My JR pass only starts 2 days later so I had to make most exploration on foot 😩 Transport in Japan is really expensive!
Chancing upon a shopping district~ See! Not that bad to get lost after all; get to explore new places 😁
Finally arrived at Gion Shirakawa, where my real motive of visiting Gion lies – Geisha! I read online that this is the area where you might get to see them walking around, but they were all hiding inside leh… Only managed to spot one in the end but I dare not take picture of her 😅
No geisha but got sakura, not too bad lah. Though I think you guys had enough of that 😛
Heading home after exploring Gion a little~ All the shops were starting to close 😦 So early!
Kanna cheated 140 yen because I don’t know why the train staff at Gion Shijo told me to get the 270 yen ticket. And after transferring at Tofukuji station, my ticket got eaten at the gantry, so I had to buy another 140 yen ticket to get to Kyoto station 😭
Back to chill on my sofa bed with my Asahi and favourite caramel pudding! Throat hurt like @#$%&#@% after yesterday‘s super gao hot chocolate 😩 Couldn’t find chrysanthemum tea nor any herbal tea in the supermarket so I decided to try the
angmoh jitpun liangteh! Hehe!