When we went to Japan last year, the one thing Mike and I were truly excited about was the food. We are big fans of Japanese food and we had high expectations for what our stomachs were about to experience. We had a daily budget for food and we weren’t scared of splurging once in a while to eat good food. Allow me to share with you some of the food we ate before we devoured it. SEE Japan 2017
Our last stop for our Nara tour was Kofokuji Temple. To be completely honest, at this point of our tour, we were so tired we just wanted to go home and have a hot foot soak. It was drizzling non-stop the whole day, we almost lost our only umbrella, and we had a mini argument. It was chaotic, to say the least. We just wanted to rest. But you’re only in Japan once (or you only get to be a first-time tourist in Japan once) and we wanted to really see everything. We just winged it. We put one foot in front of the other and found ourselves at Kofokuji Temple.
Seeing Kyoto Tower wasn’t part of our itinerary. In fact, we didn’t even bother looking it up online. But when we alighted our bus at Kyoto Station, we were surprised that Kyoto Tower was right behind us.
The last place on our itinerary was the Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine. These two sights are just beside each other and can be visited together. Maruyama Park is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in spring. They have this famous weeping tree that looks beautiful in spring and creepy in fall (for me)! Yasaka Shrine is a famous shrine between Gion and Higashiyama Districts. Aside from the shrines, the dance stage (which houses lanterns) is a sight to see during the evening.