Even if tempted I couldn’t imagine myself trying a rickshaw. Just thinking of a person carrying me around feels just wrong. But even if this tradition is not anymore as popular as used to be in Kyoto it is still alive. So you can go and try it for yourself.
|Sweet shop window|
Had never something like that – exposed in a window on every bakery or restaurant for potential customers what the place has to offer. slightly odd but pretty useful.
It was a really advanced umbrella which shows a patter once wet. Isn’t that an original idea?
One of a nice thing to do in a Kyoto is to rent a kimono and become a geisha for yourself. there are several rental places that offers this kind of attraction and depending of your wish you can even have your makeup and hair done together with a perfect gown.
As we had such limited time than we explored only the eastern part of Kyoto where the also Kiyomizo-dera temple is located. it’s a complex of temple and the view (as it is in half mountain) is just breathtaking.
All the park and “dera” was a place where you can wonder for hours and find your inner peace, fix your thoughts or just get away from everyday life – that how peaceful was there.
|Kiyomizu-dera – Bell tower|
Luckily for us, we did not feel like typical tourists as we had our Japanese colleagues with us that made this trip more memorable and more real.
|me and my Japanese colleagues|
|in front of steps to find a true love|
One part of the temple garden you can also find stairs to find a true love..
The Otowa Waterfall, where visitors can drink the sacred Otowa Water from a ladle to purfy soul and clean mind.
|Kyoto eastern side is full of small artist shops and narrow streets|
As it was an official dinner I did not feel to comfortable to take pictures of the place, food and interior.. but trust me – everything about the place was wonderful, delicious and lovely.
The day after we headed west – outside Kyoto to have a our Kimono experience in Arashiyama.
|rows and rows of kimonos ready to be rented out|
First stop was a Kimono rental place where we could choose a kimono and get it dressed up together with a little hair do.
I had a love at first sight – a blue summer kimono with white flower pattern.
|my blue kimono|
At first I had a quick and a soft hair-do made by one of the ladies working there but it was not good enough to the elderly lady (manager of the place) so she re did all my hair herself.
One of those movie moments when you think – is it really happening to me?
the lady had a strong grip, she opened my hair, and quickly brushing them (without mercy, like strict nannies would do in movies) said things in Japanese to other ladies working in the place meanwhile trying to fix up my hair up high.I must say I did not mind and just let go the flow and enjoyed the moment like a real geisha. She fixed me up pretty with a nice flowers added on top and I was ready to go to the streets.
And voilà – my new hairdo and a red lipstick was exactly what I needed to finish up my look. I am not really good with make up but knew that a red lipstick will be a nice touch…and it was! Had a lot of looks and compliments on the way.
Of course we draw a lot of attention to ourselves as we were a mixed group everyone dressed up in kimonos.
|my obi and lovely hairdo|
It was a really hot and sunny day therefore a nice summer kimono was exactly the right thing I needed that moment.
|Traditional kimono with obi|
|Ternryuji temple garden|
This place is really a special as it changes its colors depending on season. As we went mid September we could already see the trees changing their colors to golden and red.
After this small getaway we headed back to city to have a nice …steak for a lunch. To get the best steak you must go to Misono which happens to serve the best steak in Japan which is cooked in front of your eyes. Kyoto is famous for their beef and food critics but even they find this place great.
|Chef of Misono|
|Chicken as a starter|
Was great to get a taste the result of their years and years of experience and mastering the cooking skills. Our chef had been working more than 25 years and was really an expert.
|chicken with asparagus|
|beef with crunchy garlic|
..and than was cooked our main dish – beef.
|lunch table at Misono|
|beef and garlic|
Even remembering this meal I have a strong will to return back in Kyoto and have all this experience once more but lived properly and explore the whole city but for that you need at least one week.. so this is something I am putting in my bucket list – comeback in Kyoto – the most charming and enchanted city I have ever been.
Third and the last part of my adventure is still missing but soon will follow, so stay tuned.