Japan 2019

IMG_3303Our niece had started her university studies in 京都 Kyoto, Japan, and we decided to go over for a visit during our holidays 🙂 Despite the typhoon midway during the trip, we still had a great time! Here was what we did:

Day 1

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京料理 萬重 京都ポルタ店 Kyoryori Manshige Kyotoporutaten @京都 Kyoto, Japan

Our last meal in Japan, and we thought we should splurge! We got ourselves 2 very pretty and delicious bento (¥3000 and ¥2600, excluding taxes). There were also a few mochi surprises, LOL! Overall, an enjoyable meal 🙂

  • Location: 902, Higashishiokoujicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan 〒600-8216 京都府京都市下京区東塩小路町902 京都駅前地下街 ポルタ (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: JR Kyoto Station JR 京都駅 (2 min walk)
  • Hrs: 11am – 10pm
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Cafes in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

ワンダアカフェ Wonder Cafe

IMG_3174Met up with our niece at this quirky cafe. Gotta say, the portions here were certainly very generous and yummy too!

We managed to wiped clean everything which was a real surprise to us, considering the amount of carbs involved.

Heard from our niece that this was one of the favourite places among her schoolmates, and we could certainly taste why 🙂


  • Location: 3-31 Ryoanji Nishinokawacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8016, Japan 〒616-8016 京都府京都市右京区龍安寺西ノ川町3-31 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: Randen Kitano Line Myōshinjii Station 嵐電北野線妙心寺駅 (1 min walk)
  • Hrs: 11am – 9pm (Wed-Mon, closed on Tue)

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やきとり一番西大路花屋町店 Yakitori Ichiban Nishioji Hanayacho @京都 Kyoto, Japan

Our last night in Japan, and we were still craving for yakitori, LOL! So while we were trying to find our way back to our lodging, we made a detour to have some very delicious skewers 😀

The menu came with pictures, and so all we did was point, wait and eat. Prices ranged from ¥90 to ¥400, with most items in the ¥100+ range. There was an additional cover charge of ¥220 per pax. We really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and friendly service! What a great way to end the night 🙂

  • Location: 34 Nishishichijo Kakegoshicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8881, Japan 〒600-8881 京都府京都市下京区西七条掛越町34 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: JR Nishiōji Station JR線 西大路駅 (18 min walk)
  • Hrs: 6pm – 4am (Tue-Sun)
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どんぐり 四条寺町店 Donguri @京都 Kyoto, Japan

Our last dinner in Japan was at this okonomiyaki place recommended by our niece. There were many options to choose from, with English menu available. The food was served onto the hotplate built into the table, so we could continue to keep the food warm. We tried okonomiyaki and yakisoba, and liked both types.

  • Location: North side of Nishiiri, Shijo-dori-cho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8004, Japan 四条寺町 西入ル北側 〒600-8004 京都府京都市下京区四条寺町 西入ル北側 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: Train Hankyu-Kyoto Line Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station 阪急京都本線 京都河原町駅 (3 min walk from Exit 12)
  • Hrs: 5pm – 1am
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豆腐料理 松ヶ枝 Tofu Ryouri Matsugae @嵐山 Arashiyama, 京都 Kyoto, Japan

No trip to 嵐山 Arashiyama seemed complete without trying some tofu cuisine 😛 We ordered 2 sets to try (total ¥4330) and we totally enjoyed the food and the pleasant environment.

  • Location: 3 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan 〒616-8385 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町3 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: JR Saga-Arashiyama Station JR嵯峨嵐山駅 (11 min walk)
  • Hrs: 11am – 4:30pm
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Morning trip to 愛宕念仏寺 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple @京都 Kyoto, Japan

We had been to quite a few temples during our previous trip to Kyoto, and we wanted to check out something new this time. Located near JR嵯峨嵐山駅 JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, we took a bus from the main street in 嵐山 Arashiyama to reach 愛宕念仏寺 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. The place is not big, but we thought it was very worth the trip to see the Rakan statues!

  • Location: 2-5 Sagatoriimoto Fukatanicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8439, Japan 〒616-8439 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨鳥居本深谷町2-5 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: JR Saga-Arashiyama Station JR嵯峨嵐山駅 (Take 京都バス Kyoto Bus #62, 72, 92, 94 in the direction of 清滝 Kiyotaki and alight at 愛宕寺前 Otagi Dera Mae)
  • Hrs: 8am – 4:30pm
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焼肉SEVEN @京都 Kyoto, Japan

It was deceptively dry despite the incoming typhoon, and we thought we should go for a late lunch/early dinner. We found this yakiniku place near the shopping street that opened early, and we found ourselves as the first customers. We found the food to be quite standard of a typical Japanese BBQ. Perhaps the food would be tastier if we drank some beer 🙂

  • Location: 11 Nishishichijo Kitahigashinocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8871, Japan 〒600-8871 京都府京都市下京区西七条北東野町11 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: JR San-In Line Umekōji-Kyōtonishi Station JR山陰本線 梅小路京都西駅 (8 min walk)
  • Hrs: 5pm – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 4pm – 11pm (Sat-Sun)
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寿しのむさし Sushi no Musahi @京都 Kyoto, Japan

There was this relatively popular conveyor-belt sushi outlet at JR Kyoto Station, and the food was pretty decent, with a few interesting sushi items. Three of us conquered 19 plates (each ranging from ¥146 to ¥463, plus 10% tax, total bill ¥4090).

  • Location: 8-3 Higashishiokoji Takakuracho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8214, Japan 〒600-8214 京都府京都市下京区東塩小路高倉町8-3 京都駅八条口構内おもてなし小路 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: JR Line Kyoto Station JR線 京都駅
  • Hrs: 10am – 8pm
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Half Day Trip to 貴船 Kibune and 鞍馬 Kurama

IMG_3185The weather turned out better than expected, and we decided to go ahead with the hike from 貴船 Kibune to 鞍馬 Kurama as planned.

We headed for breakfast at a Happiness Cafe nearby at 7:30am, and caught the 8:30am subway to Kyoto station. It was crowded at Kyoto Station and we had to squeeze into our connecting train. The crowd-at-door syndrome was not unique to Singapore 😅

At 出町柳駅 Demachiyanagi Station, we purchased a ¥1800 discount ticket (Train – Hot Spring All in One Pass 貴船鞍馬散策チケット) each that would allow us a return trip to 貴船/鞍馬 Kibune/Kurama (usual ¥860) , plus the entrance fee to the 鞍馬寺 Kurama Temple (usual ¥300), and entrance fee to くらま温泉 Kurama Outdoor Onsen (usual ¥1000).

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