Airbnb at Kyoto
Kyoto was our next destination as we slowly make our way towards Tokyo. Arriving in Kyoto made me feel so lost. It’s a much quieter town and less city like. Having been in Osaka, the second city in Japan according to Google, I wonder what Kyoto would offer me.
The nearest train station to our Airbnb accommodation is Nishioji which requires a fair bit of walking. Upon arrival, we’re greeted by a supermarket, 24-hour Sukiya fast food chain and Lawson. Somehow, when we went up to our apartment, the corridor smells like a zoo but without the animals.
The place we’re staying in is a lot more spacious compared to the one we stayed at Osaka. However, the bed is tatami style which gave me the excitement. Finally, a proper bed that doesn’t dent in the middle.
It’s a nice quiet place to be and you can immerse yourself in the life of the locals.
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Shio Gen Sui
Address: 34-2 Nishishichijo Nakuracho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8887, Japan
The Airbnb host recommended some eatery places and we decided to give Shio Gen Sui a try. It serves ramen and we have yet to try, so we decided to have this for lunch.
We decided to cycle there since there are two bicycles provided by the Airbnb host. Cycling in Kyoto gives us a sense of thrill and an adventure. It also allows us to blend in and feel like a local. The only hard part was to navigate our way to the ramen restaurant. And the footpath was a lot narrower compared to Singapore. Being in a foreign land, we weren’t brave enough to cycle on the road.
After about 10 minutes cycle, we finally reached the place. Wrote down our names on the waiting list and we wait for our turn to be called.
I overestimated my hunger and over ordered for myself. A bowl of ramen set that comes with a bowl of rice and a plate of gyoza. I was told the ramen was handmade daily. Although they specialise more in ramen, I would say they do serve a nice yummy plate of gyoza. I couldn’t really finish my lunch as the portion was huge. But nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
Fluffy bunny ordered a bowl of ramen with a different soup base and it comes with a small bowl of don.
Both our ramen have bits of yuzu in it and it’s very refreshing. It made the soup tastier and brings out the flavours. Do give this place a try if you visit Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Address: Japan, 〒612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, ６８
We visited Fushimi Inari Shrine in the late afternoon at around 5 pm before the sun sets. Firstly, to avoid tourists. Secondly, many visits during the day and I’ve seen tons of photos of it. Thirdly, I wanted to see the place when the night falls. There’s a blogger states that the place is nice too at night and it’s highly recommended.
The shrine is located right opposite the train station so you won’t get lost and it’s easy to find.
Here we offered our prayers and wishes. Bought me two omamori, one for happiness (the white fox) while the other is for my business. They said to not be shy and display your omamori. The more battered the better.
After offering our prayers and getting omamori for the family, we started to climb upwards where thousands of tori gates greeted me. I have no idea how high we have to climb, all I know was I got tired midway. As the sun was setting and the lights there weren’t bright, I decided to call it a day.
Here’s a night version of the shrine. Isn’t it beautiful?