We woke up early this day or should I say tried to haahah. I wanted to see the sunrise in the Kiyomizudera temple. From our hotel, we took bus no. 80 or if you are coming from Kyoto Station take bus number 100 or 206.
We went to Kyoto Station to eat breakfast. The station has a unique architectural beauty in it.
From Kyoto station, we went to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. We took the the JR Sagano Line and alight at Arashiyama Station. It is easy to travel by train here in Kyoto not as complicated as Tokyo. You can see the Kyoto metro map here. When we arrived at the Saga Arashiyama station . We head out for the Bamboo Grove Path. It was around 11:00 am and it was very crowded. We figured out that the best time to go there is very early morning to avoid the crowd and enjoy the scenery.
We also visited the Tenryu-ji Temple. It has a very beautiful landscape garden. You could rest there and enjoy the view. Have a moment of zen ♥
After resting for awhile, we left the temple and looked for a place to eat lunch. Most restaurants near the temple are full. We stumble upon this small store on the way to the train station.
We bought the 12 pcs special takoyaki. It has green onion, mayonnaise & sauce. It cost us 1000 JPY . My friend and I shared the Takoyaki. Then we ordered Yakisoba for each of us , costs 500 JPY. The takoyaki and yakisoba they have is very flavourful. Best one I’ve had so far ♥ 😀
After eating lunch, we headed out to TOEI Kyoto Studio Park. We went back to Saga Arashiyama station and took the train going back to Kyoto. We alight at Uzamasa Station, the studio is a 5 minute walk . There are directions you can see along the way and it is easy to find.
It is a different kind of theme park. It is an actual studio for TOEI movies. It depicts the street of Edo period. Entrance Fee is 2,200 JPY for Adults. You can view a copy of the studio map here. Some attractions inside the studio park has an additional charge. We’ve watched the ninja show (entrance is free). The show is in japanese but I still enjoyed it. The action stunts are well coordinated. The lead actor reminds me of the anime Naruto.
You can also rent costumes and walk around the studio. You can also have your make up and hair done for an additional fee. When you visit this studio allot about 5 hrs to fully enjoy the park. In my case, I just rented the costume because not enough time to do my hair and make up . But still, I enjoyed the experience 😀
After the Toei Studio Park, we decided to go to the Sannen-zaka Path. We took the train and head back to Kyoto station.Unfortunately, most of the shops are closed already. Saw them close twice this day! hahaha. Forgot to check what time they usually open and close :P. We took a cab back to our hotel. The restaurant we want to go to was just beside our hotel. Sobanomi Yoshimura is the name of the place. They make their own buckwheat noodles. We wanted to try the soba as I read on reviews it’s quite good. The staff can speak a little english and they have english menu. Dinner was good and it was my first time eating buckwheat ice cream. I like it 😀