Today we went to visit Nara. Sadly it was a really rainy day so we got soaked but luckily it was still pretty fun.
We went to visit the Naramachi shopping district where we stopped at Wakakusa Curry to try their delicious spinach curry. After a hearty curry meal we visited Harushika Sake Brewery to get a flight of 6 sake tastings which I can say the worst bottle was still better than the best bottle at Takayama.
After the food adventures, we got to the main attraction of Nara... THE DEER! We actually saw them throughout Nara as we went from Kofuku-ji, which was under renovation to Todai-ji where we saw the giant Buddha.
Another day, another iced coffee... After a morning iced coffee from Starbucks we went to Shugakuin Imperial Villa to see some gardens and the villa of the course. It was great day to visit as it was very sunny out and the admission waste not only free but they also had free lockers for back packs so it was a great break from lugging a bag around.
For lunch, we had a mini Kaiseki Ryori which was more of an Obanzai Ryori at Shinkiro. We got a very carefully planned sashimi platter and it was great in both taste and presentation.
After that, we visited Kodai-ji again but this time to actually go in. We got a to see its own bamboo forest as well as the Buddhist prayer wheels. Afterwards we went to visit Kiyomizu-dera which was under renovation but was still really awesome to see especially the pagoda. I will definitely make it a note to come back in the future.
For dinner, we went to Katsukura Sanjo where I got a delicious tenderloin cutlet zen-set. Afterwards, for dessert we had the original Tsujiri and I'm proud to say that it's pretty similar to the Toronto location so I'm pretty happy with about that.
Woke up super early this morning morning's to go to the Fushimi Inari Taisha otherwise known as the red Tori gates. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone who value seeing thing without a other. I went along this time as Raymond did not not want to wake up that early but I wasn't alone for the long as I met him someone from Waterloo at the the top of the mountain.
When I got down there I met up with Raymond who had his iced coffee from a local coffee shop and we went to Nijo Castle and Tamako Market along with a they turtle rocks across the river.
Finally, to finish off the day I went to to visit Yasaka Shrine at night to sew the beautiful lanterns.
After waking up we went to visit the Higashiyama Hakusan Shrine that was located in on top of a mountain in addition to the the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama. While at the market we were got to eat some Mitarashi Dango which is mochi grilled while covered with a sweet soy sauce. It has a weird taste that was bothering sweet and salty.
After that, we went off to go see some of Raymond's weeb stuff aka we went to visit the school where the anime K-On took place. Along with the way, Raymond had his ice coffee and we look some local trains with anime on it. When we got to the school Raymond was very excited as you can see from the pics (he might look unimpressed with the life size cutouts but he took a panorama of everything immediately after the picture). When we were done with the school we went to Kyoto where we checked in at Len Kyoto. While exploring during the evening I was able to spot as store that had some awesome Gudetama merch but sadly it was was kind of overpriced expectantly especially since it was located in the middle of the tourist area. Finally, for dinner we went to Tendon Makino for some tempura donburi.