Kiyomizudera 清水寺 is another must-see place in Japan. It is a huge complex on top of a long hill, which visitors must climb as buses only stop right down the bottom. The only other option was a taxi, which we considered, but we weren’t sure how they would react to a request just to goContinue reading “Kiyomizudera 清水寺”
Ujigami jinja 宇治上神社 is a UNESCO heritage site, so we had to see it. It was a small regular shrine, without many visitors. I guess it was a bit off the main roads. Also, there was the Uji jinja 宇治神社 a little ways before it, and some people possibly saw that and thought that wasContinue reading “Ujigami jinja 宇治上神社”
Uji 宇治 in Kyoto is famous for its teas. Its whole main street was full of shops for tea powders and tea related food and desserts. Even the matcha soft ice creams were decorated with extra matcha powder on top. We started at a cha-soba shop that was featured in a HK guide, but itContinue reading “Uji 宇治”
Kyoto Station is huge. It is a giant complex with department stores, hotels, underground plazas, etc. Both regular trains and shinkansen depart from the same station, making it one of the more convenient major stations in Japan. Out the front, there are connecting buses which cover all the touristy spots, and underground there is theContinue reading “Kyoto Station 京都駅”
The Tempozan Harbor Village contains the Kaiyuukan aquarium, a giant ferris wheel, a shopping mall, and the Suntory museum. It’s also supposed to be opposite Universal Studio Japan, but in the 3 times I’ve been there I’ve never caught a glimpse of it. I’ve never been in the museum either.
The Gion Festival was the first thing we went to in Kyoto. It was a large festival in which floats traveled around the large Gion area for 3-4hrs in the morning. These floats were large enough to carry over a dozen people in them. In each one, there is a small boy painted white likeContinue reading “Gion Festival 祇園祭”
The other main attraction at the aquarium is the collection of jellyfish. Yeh I can see the question marks over your heads, but there are so many incredible types of jellyfish here that you can’t see in Sydney.
Sunfish, or Mola mola (!?), are my favorite fish in the world. They are a crazy flat fish, with big fins on the top and bottom they use for swimming. The giant fish are quite docile, and quite clumsy. They have a net inside their tank so that they don’t hit the glass and killContinue reading “Sunfish, Mola mola”