2016 Japan fall trip (day 9)

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December 5

5:39 am – Got up
I found this Gion matsuri booklet while eating breakfast.

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2016 Gion matsuri booklet

Inside, I saw this. Hint: read the english part.

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Ladies & gentlemen, the origins of Magikarp

7:10 am – Checked out

7:54 am – Kyoto station
For the remainder of the trip, I was a tour guide to a friend who decided “she needed a vacation” and booked tickets to Japan. She landed (and spent last night) at Chubu airport and was on her way to Kyoto station that morning.

While waiting, I took out the camera and aimed it at the station’s entrance. This is Kyoto station on a Monday.

We dumped most of our stuff in lockers since we won’t be checking in to Tetsuo-san’s apartment until later that day.

9:42 am – Kiyomizudera
This probably was my 4th visit yet somehow I’ve only now noticed this clock.

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Was this always here?

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Near the Kiyomizu stage

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There’s the pagoda…

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…and theres Kyoto Tower

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Otowa waterfall and the shops below

Glad to see the reconstruction is almost done on the other structures.

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Almost done

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Getting lost in the colors

I wonder if I’ll ever get the chance to take this photo without the people.

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Kiyomizu stage

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Blue skies

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Orange, red, yellow, and green

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Taken from near the pagoda on the other side

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I’ve never tried getting up these stairs

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On the way out…

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Still on the way out…

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More trees on the way out

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Still more trees

12:06 pm – Ichiran Ramen
This was a suggestion. If it was only me, I’d be off to the next destination. However, I was supposed to be a “travel guide” so I can’t revert back to my old ways.

I have to say though, that was solitary dining at its finest. Well, it wasn’t really solitary as we kind of folded some of the dividers between the table.

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I had a second helping of the noodles

1:39 pm – Daigoji
We only went to Shimo Daigo this time because I only wanted to see Bentendo with all the maple trees surrounding it. Besides, I asked if she wanted to go see the other two on the lower grounds and she said “nah.”

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View after entering Shimo Daigo

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This photo looks kinda sad

Turns out we were a bit late as around half of the leaves had already fallen.

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I see more branches than leaves

The scenery behind Bentendo however, is a bit different.

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More colorful than the previous photo

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On the way out

3:55 pm – Kyoto station
We did a bit of backtracking as we were supposed fetch our stuff from Kyoto station before meeting Tetsuo-san at Yamashina station.

4:37 pm – Yamashina station
As usual, Tetsuo-san picked us up.

5:20 pm – At apartment

5:30 pm – Shogunzuka Mound
Tetsuo-san suggested we drop by Shogunzuka for some views of Kyoto city’s night lights. My friend opted not to come with as she hasn’t had a decent sleep since the day before and planned on going to bed early.

After dropping her off at the apartment, Tetsuo-san and I drove to the place.

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Looks a bit familiar…

When we were walking to the view point, the place looked somewhat familiar. It felt like I’ve gone there before during the Kyoto trail hike.

And sure enough, I saw a trail post nearby (#22). You’ll just have to believe me on that as I forgot to take a photo of the marker.

Japan guide actually has a page for Shogunzuka Mound but I can’t talk about it very much since on both ocassions, I was only passing by and I haven’t really seen the inside of the place.

5:43 pm – At guesthouse

9:30 pm – Sleep
But before that, you know the drill: moved files, charged devices, did laundry, and bought food from the supermarket.


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