Bamboo groves and Wagyu beef

Sensible title, I know. Headed out the door with my new chef friend Josef first thing in the morning! Decided to visit Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavillion) first, as we both heard that the scenery was especially picturesque before noon. It was about an hour by bus, and I spent the entire time bugging Josef about anything and everything culinary, from the best knives to how to make uni (sea urchin) custard. Fascinated. We reached Kinkaku-ji in no time, and were absolutely floored by how beautiful this temple was. I was a little worried as it seemed like a overcast day, but the rain made everything so unbelievably green.

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Picturesque indeed..

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Gold all in ma… Matcha tea? I guess it goes with the theme. Plenty of small concession stands near the temple with yummy bites and drinks.

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More UNESCO World Heritage sites..

Next stop Arashiyama! Finally mastered the bus system in Kyoto after going the wrong way multiple times…

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We lucked out and made it to the bamboo gardens before the crowds hit. Just green for as far as you can see.


Every now and then a breeze would hit the bamboo and small leaves would float to the ground. Very surreal feeling.

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More bamboo

Wandered the grounds for another hour or so..

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These guys were awesome. They’d chase you alongside the road and ask you if you wanted a cart ride to see the grounds.

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A WILD HOT DOG!

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There were plenty of residential properties on the grounds, many of which had backyards that were open to the side roads. That landscaping..

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Stopped for a quick lunch before hopping on the bus back to Kyoto. Chicken and egg omelet the over rice with Seaweed and togarashi seasoning. Unlike any lunch I’ve had before, but delicious.

Regrouped back at the hostel then headed out to Gion for some geisha-spotting. Unfortunately, it began pouring again and everyone moved indoors. Next time!

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Got to watch a street vendor making Okomoniyaki (Japanese pancake)

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Would ya look at that! An Indian restaurant named Kerala in Kyoto. Small world.

Finally, it was time to make my way to dinner!! I had made reservations at Hafuu Honten earlier in the week, and was very much looking forward some medium rare steak perfection after all of that sushi. Decided to go Wagyu because hey, when in Japan right..?

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Open kitchen, got to see all of the courses being prepared. Love that.

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The main! Was it worth it?

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Yes.

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Very much so. I finally understand what people mean when they say ‘steak that melts in your mouth.’

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Obligatory dessert picture.

Walked, or should I say rolled, back to the hostel a happy woman. Bucket list item, check!

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One thought on “Bamboo groves and Wagyu beef

  1. JENNIFER CHILDS says:

    Wow Jasmine! It’s great to travel with you through your eyes. Japan has always been on my bucket list of places to travel. I especially wanted to see the beautiful Japanese gardens and shrines. The food looks simply amazing! I definitely know what your calling is – chef or world traveler extraordinaire! I’m so excited for you and your journey. Girl you gotta a lot of balls to be traveling solo but I bet it’s an undescribable feeling that most people won’t experience. We all miss you from Morgan Stanley and its okay if you don’t miss us…LOL. With the fun your having I would forget about me too…ha..ha.. Continue to enjoy yourself and be safe. Make sure to include a picture of this New York chef ;o). Safe travels my friend. Until next time!…Jenn Childs

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