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.
Next stop Arashiyama! Finally mastered the bus system in Kyoto after going the wrong way multiple times…
Every now and then a breeze would hit the bamboo and small leaves would float to the ground. Very surreal feeling.
Wandered the grounds for another hour or so..
There were plenty of residential properties on the grounds, many of which had backyards that were open to the side roads. That landscaping..
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!
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..?
Walked, or should I say rolled, back to the hostel a happy woman. Bucket list item, check!