Japan Trip 2016: 5D4N Winter in Kyoto & Osaka

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This was my very first trip with all the bff(s) flying out of the home country, happened back then during winter days early of the year. It was a short but fun trip with the bunch; eat and drink and beer and shopping! We managed to secure the flight ticket at its very low rate during AA promotion, and the hotel rate was pretty low too due to the non-peak winter season. *Double win*

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
InKL/ KyotoKyotoKyotoKyoto/ OsakaOsaka/ KL
Breakfast/ brunchBreakfast @ Gion FukuzumiKonbiniHoshino Coffee Kyoto StationKuromon Ichiba Market
See
Shop
Fushimi InariTenryuji
Bamboo Groove
Nonomiya Shrine
Osaka Castle
LunchTenshu TempuraNishiki Market
Food Hall @ Daimaru
Kyo IneIchiran Ramen Dotonbori Mizuno Okonomiyaki
Tea
See
Shop
Hanamikoji Dori
Kiyomizu-dera
Gion
DaimaruKinkaku-ji
Zen Kashoin
Shinsaibashi Shopping Street
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street
Daruma Kushikatsu
Kinryu Ramen
Pablo Cheese Tart
Don Quijote Dotonbori
DinnerGion FukuzumiWatanabeya (Yakiniku)Menyatakakuranijou
麺や高倉二条
Yakiniku MHorai 551
See
shop
Don Quijote DotonboriGoodbye Japan 🙁
StayGion FukuzumiHotel Hearton KyotoHotel Hearton KyotoHotel Wing International Shin Osaka

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Feel free to check out the details of each area: KYOTO | ARASHIYAMA | OSAKA

Highlight of the trip

1. Eat matcha dessert in Kyoto
Everyone sure knows Kyoto is famous for matcha. We went to Tsujiri Honten for the dessert.

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2. Catching a glimpse of Geisha or Maiko in Gion
There were no sight of them during day time but it was good to explore around this area for its beauty.

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3. Visit the pure water temple – Kiyomizudera
One of the UNESCO world heritage sites, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters.

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4. Slurp up the tofu ice cream

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5. Enjoy the ryokan stay

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6. Experience the uniqueness of kyo ryori
These dinner course were served in Gion Fukuzumi. Love the tofu nabe the most!

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I can have rice for breakfast everyday here in Japan.

7. Walk through the tunnel of torii gates

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8. Try all the food in Kyoto’s Kitchen – Nishiki Market

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9. Mesmerize the beauty of Togetsukyo Bridge
Also known as Moon Crossing Bridge, is Arashiyama’s most iconic landmark.

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10. Zen-ing in Tenryuji Temple
Another UNESCO World Heritage Sites; also ranked among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples, the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama.

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11. Savour the best vegetarian meal – tofu ryori
Really can’t believe a simple ingredient, tofu can make up such an amazing cuisine. Must try Kto-Ine when you are in Arashiyama.

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12. See the shimmering golden Kinkakuji

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13. Dance with the Glico man in Shinsaibashi

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14. The must eat in Osaka – Okonomiyaki

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15. Shop for kitchen wares/ cutleries in Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street

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16. Splurge on the famous top grade beef – Matsusaka beef

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17. Eat like a king in Kuromon Market

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18. Find back the scent of first love with a bite of white strawberry

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19. Visit the famous Osaka Castle
Standing elegantly in white and green with a touch of humble gold.

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20. Dine in Pablo for the wobbly Pablo Cheese Tart

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It is always best to have great companions during the trip. It was my very first time travel with my >20years bff, and also the #awesome6 gang

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For details of what we did, will blog about soon. I hope. LOL

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