We slept in this morning for the first time the whole trip and it was wonderful! There’s a convenience store across the street from the hotel, so Abe ran out and got some breakfast for us. Fried chicken and a chocolate donut for me, some other strange , experimental foods for him.
We hopped on a train into Kyoto to visit Iwatayama Monkey Mountain!
And guess what, we climbed another mountain!
But it was worth it! We got to feed the monkeys apples and peanuts and walk around and see them in their natural ways.
I love the monkeys 😀
We grabbed lunch in town at a local noodle place that was AIR CONDITIONED, thank goodness. The past couple days, Kyoto has been HOT! Anyways, the food was also delicious.
My muscle man.
Then back to Kyoto to see the sights in town.
I don’t know if we’ve just gotten slower, but the “2 km” walk to the castle was brutal. It felt like it took forever and it was HOT. We got a giant thing if tea and just kept chugging from it to stay hydrated. And then, when we got there at 4:04pm, we realized that the last admittance was at 4. We were so sad.
And then we had to laugh because it was probably our biggest fail of the trip. A long, hot walk we could’ve taken the subway to and made it before it closed AND you couldn’t see anything from the outside! What we could see was pretty though!
We took the subway back and headed towards a famous shrine that was in Memoirs of a Geisha. And got lost.
We got on a rapid train that skipped the stop we wanted, so we got off as soon as we could. But I don’t think they get tourists there very much because we got lots of looks and “hello!”s haha! But eventuality we made it to our intended destination.
This shrine was known for its many torri gates. There were people taking photos everywhere (all the same photos too, very odd) so it kind of tell away from its wonder.
Lots of torri gates!
We took a video walking through, so I think that’ll do a better job of capturing the feel of the place.
We didn’t spend to much time there because of all the people so we ate dinner at Kyoto station and then headed back to the hotel.
Dinner was kind of interesting. It was like a Japanese spaghetti fusion place?
They also served pancakes with ice cream which seemed to be popular based on the people ordering around us.
Mine was really good! Spaghetti noodles with a butter/miso sauce and asparagus and mushrooms and seaweed. And an egg!! Might try to recreate it at home!
Abe’s wasn’t as good, a subtle cheesy flavor with yams.
For dessert, a mochi pouch with raspberry sauce, sweet red beans, and cream.
Abe was still hungry so he got these fried octopus ball things called takoyaki.
He seemed to like it. I was full.
Then back to the hotel for a movie and sleep! And maybe an ice cream too 😉 I’m loving those Giant Drumsticks 🙂 🙂