Saturday, December 6, 2008

22nd Nov 2008 (Saturday)

It was holiday :)
We've already planned before hand to visit Kyoto today ! Yay !!!! we went. The group consisted of yours truly, Kak Yati, Dr. Zurina, Kak Ruzel & Dr Faridah. Easier to move in small groups ;)
Kyoto is a city in the central part of the island of Honshū, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is now the capital of Kyoto Prefecture, as well as a major part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area.Autumn in Kyoto attracts throngs of tourists to temples like this.Kyoto is renowned for its abundance of delicious Japanese foods and cuisine and also geisha(s).The UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) includes 17 locations in Kyoto, Uji in Kyoto Prefecture and Ōtsu in Shiga Prefecture. The site has been designated as World Heritage in 1994.

We decided to take the Raku Bus (¥500) which we can ride an unlimited number of times within a one day period. We started with the Heian Shrine. The leaves already turned colour and wat a beautifull sight.....There were this kids all dressed up in their traditional kimono(s) and Yukata(s)...sooooooo sweeet !

My personal verdict : A day tour is not enuf for Kyoto. If you're planning to visit...take ur time and wear a good pair of walking shoes. It's a good place to buy souveniers / antique stuff / kimono... and a great place to take snapshots of the view ;)