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September 24, 2011

kyoto hiatus 2011 (part II) - pontocho & gion


After checking in at the hotel and having glorious showers, we set off again to explore Kyoto city. As I mentioned earlier, our hotel was situated in the heart of the city. Wandering in Kyoto really feels like you've stepped back into the streets of traditional Japan. And when you're encountering geisha-in-training and crossing solid stone bridges over little streams, it's not hard to let your imagination run wild.

 



I loved the below sight, and asked Kamil if he would do the same for me on my birthday! Ha.





We made our way down Pontocho, a tiny street running just behind the river, home to the tea houses, geisha houses and many restaurants. The long, cobbled walkway through traditional style shop fronts is pretty magical (especially after dark). All of the restaurants on the right side of the alley have balcony seating areas, so that you can eat on the riverside too.



 




 



As the sun went down, we decided to walk around Gion some more before returning to Pontocho for dinner.


Gion's main street is full of tourist stores, most of which don't interest me much, but we wandered into the following shop which specialised in sewn fabric toys and trinkets. They were super cute.



A wide range of fabric, sewn sushi charms...


Bunnies galore (as it is "Year of the Rabbit" this year)...


And these huge cake pillows stole my heart a little...


Back on the street, there were plenty of cakes and cake-like wax models to admire as we walked by. I wish I could buy one of the wax models from the back row to display in our apartment, but sadly they're just advertising the food available inside...


Kitty on the street...


Japan is full of 'noraneko' (stray cats). Near our apartment, there are always tiny kittens darting across the road. I am yet to succeed in befriending them (will keep you posted!)...







As it got dark, we headed back to Pontocho and spent ages deciding on a riverside restaurant. The one we chose was gorgeous, and we were happy to treat ourselves to a really nice meal out in Kyoto city...



Kyoto Hiatus parts 3, 4 and 5 still to come!

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1 comment:

  1. I went to that shop selling fabric trinket a couple of years ago! It was Christmas time and they had so many christmas decorations. Totemo Kawaii!

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