This time, we are so excited to visit Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto. Before we enter the entrance, we decided to eat some ice cream. I had chosen the Haagen-Dazs Crispy Sandwich with peach and berry flavour.
|Eating ice cream like nobody business. LOL|
If you're afraid you will lost in this big temple area, no worries, just take picture of of the map and follow the guide. It will direct you to your desire destination. If you're alone or comes with group, please follow the sign as bottom left. They have two different direction for you to follow. I didn't go to the individuals path because I came with groups, I guess the route is the same.
Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later.
Please noted that it is super hard to selfie with this beautiful golden pavilion because there are so many tourists who keep taking photo of it and yeah, mainly from China. So now you know why I don't have a lovely photo with it, just the photo above is the best among few shots.
So many Sanrio's products! As a Hello Kitty fans, of course I grab some of the its collection. And yeah, there goes my money. But it's okay, you can't buy this kind of quality at other place.
Spot the matcha snack! Although I'm not a matcha fans, but this looks so yummy. I'm pretty sure those green tea lover will love it. Do you spot the kawaii ribbon water bottle on bottom right? Yes, I grab for myself and it's still in my room now. Hontoni kawaii neh~
What I always love about Japan's product are not just because of the quality, but the beautiful packaging. They done very well on every single details. Everytime I saw the design of those foods I feel I want buy this and that.
If you never eat an ice cream in Japan, that's a shame! I always love their ice cream a lot especially soft serve because its texture are so smooth! Not to mention it taste so good as well! Cost us 300 yen for each soft serve ice cream.
After that, we head to Nishijin Textile Center (西陣織会館). Again, this is our second visit. If you read my previous post about Kyoto trip HERE then you will know. The kimono has been associated with the image of Japan for centuries. Within Japan itself, Kyoto has been the main centre for kimono and textile production for more than 1000 years.
Although demand for kimono decreased dramatically once Western clothes were introduced to Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912), Kyoto still remains famous for kimonos and textiles. The Nishijin Textile Centre, situated in the centre of Kyoto in the Nishijin weaving area, is an alliance consisting of more than 700 small companies that continue to foster and nurture the ancient textile tradition.
There are many snacks here packed with beautiful design. I'm serious, those packaging is ways better than those present paper. I'm really impressed with their wrapping skills as well.
The Nishijin Textile Centre is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs in Kyoto as the prices are comparatively cheap, and the variety of the goods available would satisfy even the pickiest of customers.
We have our lunch here. Basically the restaurant is just right beside the main hall. You can choose to take your lunch here if you're hungry or choose other places if you want to.
While we are on the way to our hotel, we stopped by at a rest station to buy some foods to eat in the bus. I'm so happy to spot so many different flavours of onigiri (top left) because I'm a huge fans here! Spot the cute Milky girl on top right. Super cute as I got her phone casing on Seoul, Korea trip last time. Check out the lovely Disney's princess design on bottom left. Last but not least, you can grab some fried foods as well. (bottom right)
I bought myself a sparkling lemon juice and salmon onigiri. Super tasty and eat like a boss in the bus. The trip duration from textile center to our hotel require about 2-3 hours.
Once we reach the hotel, we decided to take our dinner at the ground floor. Look what they have prepared for us. What a pleasant meal.
After finished the dinner, me and my family decided to take a walk. Family mart is always our favourite spot for shopping because basically they have everything there. Among the convenient shop that I had visited, Japan's convenient store is alway my top on the list.
As usual, I have no idea why I'm having period during everytime I'm visiting Japan. Thus, I bought some for personal use. Even their sanitary pad packaging also so beautiful.
I also bought some cosmetics there, eyeliner and eyeshadow if I'm not mistaken. I'm not sure about the brand as I haven't heard of but I trust on their quality.
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