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Kamameshi Chaya in Arashiyama, Kyoto

I was craving some good Japanese food today. I started thinking about all the good food I ate in Japan the last time we were there, which was my honeymoon in 2010. Wow, that was ages ago. I had only post very little pictures of them. So I think I should start posting the rest. It’s never too late.

The first one I am going to share with you is the kamameshi we ate in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The restaurant, Kamameshi Chaya (Tea House) is on the street right across from the entrance of Tenryu-ji Temple, about 15 minutes of leisurely walk from the JR Sagano Arashiyama Station/Sagano Romantic Train Station. The street is lined with many restaurants, but you won’t miss the restaurant display.

Kamameshi Chaya

Enjoying Kyoto on Bicycles Pt. 2

As I had written last week, the first part of my bicycle adventure in Kyoto had been fun and exhilarating. We were tired and took a chance to take a big rest when the story left of.

It was almost 4PM that we decided we need to go. Little did we know, our next decision turned our honeymoon upside down. I think I was not in the right mind. I failed myself as the organizer of this trip. Bad call on myself, and James spoiled me too much to turned down my crazy idea. I told him I want to go to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, really bad. I told him it would had been closed when we get there, so we should go somewhere else. However, foolish me had a brilliant idea, thinking that we would be able to take pictures of the pavilion from outside of the gate. He said, let’s do it. So, off we went.

We were so confident of our scheme, that we even took time to stop by Nijo castle. On our map, Nijo castle is halfway to Kinkakuji from where we started. It was closing, and we should had stopped here. I knew we should had. I didn’t say anything though. We asked one of the korean tourist girls to snap a picture of us before we pushed on.

Enjoying Kyoto on Bicycles Pt.1

When I was researching for my pre-wedding photo shoot in Kyoto, I discovered that Kyoto was voted one of the best city to bike. We did not have enough time to rent a bike during that trip, but James and I were determined to spend one day biking around Kyoto during our honeymoon. On our third day in Japan’s former capital city, we finally cruised around in our rented bike.

Renting Bicycles

Me and James on our rented bikes

There were a number of bicycle rental companies in Kyoto that I found on google. I decided to wait before booking anything until we get to Kyoto. Our ryokan recommended Kyoto Cycling Tour Project (KCTP) to us. One of its outlet was in close proximity to both the station and to our lodging. The Kyoto Station Cycling Terminal was a little hidden to find,despite the map we got from the ryokan. The direction from their website would had made our live easier.

Honeymoon Wishlist #2: Staying in a Ryokan

Nothing beats Japanese hospitality in a traditional Japanese settings. Please take my word for it.

What is a Ryokan anyway? Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, featuring rooms with tatami mats and sliding doors. Some ryokan is a onsen or a hot spring. There is an option to have Japanese breakfast or Kaiseki (Japanese style) dinner in your room or banquet room if you are staying with a group. The Okami or the lady owner of the Ryokan, is very hands on in serving and attending to guests’ needs, offering a personal touch to each Ryokan. There are a couple of types of ryokan nowadays, from traditional, modern and those with western style rooms. You can find budget to super expensive ryokan as well.

Omoide Ga Ippai – My Japan Pre-Wedding Pictures Preview

My pre-wedding pictures preview had finally been posted by Ivan on axioo’s blog. I’ve been antsy pantsy waiting for this since Ivan asked me to give him a Japanese title for the post on Wednesday. With some help from people on twitter, I finally picked ‘Omoide ga Ippai’, ‘meaning full of memories’; a suggestion from @yamadayosio.

We took these pics towards the end of March. No early spring weather for us. No no no. Our outfits was for summer and we barely packed any warm cloths. We were freezing our butt off. Bad luck if you ask me. Thankfully we didn’t get the worst of the weather. In fact, after we left it snowed a couple of times in Tokyo; a record for late snow days in a couple of decades. Regardless, we had lots of fun with our crazy photographer Ivan. We shop lots, ate lots and pose lots :)

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