Japan Trip : Kyoto (Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera)

Japan, is always my favourite country on the list. I have been visited total 11 countries and Japan is still on top of my favourite. I love their cultures, foods, attractions, landscape, environment, fashion, beauty and many more. Today post is about my Kyoto, Japan travelogue of family trip on last year. I know right~ Why I finally blog it now. Well, last year is a busy year for me. After I came back from Japan, I had blogged about the Princess Cruises Trip and my Plastic Surgery Journey in South Korea. Then in 2016, I blogged about my Boracay Trip as well. In between I got so many projects so yeah, that's how I drag my Kyoto trip post until today. So, cut the crap. Let's continue reading to find out my travel itinerary in Kyoto, Japan!

Japan is always my favourite country! There are many best places to visit in Japan. 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)
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.
Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu's times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.

I love the entrance ticket of Kinkakuji (top left), looks like a talisman or something. The design is quite unique right guys? There are many variety of foods, so you can buy some as souvenir for your friends and family.
[ Kinkakuji 金閣寺 ]
Address : 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan.
Business Hours : Daily | 9:00 - 17:00
Entrance Fees : 400 yen

How to get there : 
Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and take a taxi (10 minutes, 1000-1200 yen) or bus (10 minutes, 230 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji.

Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple")
We then head to another favourite attraction in Kyoto - Kiyomizudera Temple. Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. This is our second visit because we went there on few years back.
[ Kiyomizudera 清水寺 ]
Address : 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan.
Business Hours : Daily | 6:00 to 18:00 (until 18:30 on weekends and holidays from mid April through July and everyday in August and September)
Entrance Fees : 400 yen

How to get there :
Kiyomizudera can be reached from Kyoto Station by bus number 100 or 206 (15 minutes, 230 yen). Get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, from where it is a ten minute uphill walk to the temple. Alternatively, Kiyomizudera is about a 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station along the Keihan Railway Line.

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.

Nishijin Textile Center (西陣織会館)
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 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.
[ Nishjin Textile Center 西陣織会館 ]
Address : Imadegawa Minamiiru, Horikawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City.
Business Hours : Daily | 10:00am - 6:00pm
Entrance Fees : Free

How to get there :
Take subway Karasuma Line to Imadegawa station will do.

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.

Their adult magazine is always a thing to spot on. I got some friends want me to grab some for them but eventually I didn't. I bought a milk chocolate (bottom left) and it taste good. The chocolate drink comfort me when I'm having period. Best choice for that.

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