Japan 2015: Day 6 – Uji

The main thing I did on Day 6 was… Go to Uji for a couple of hours. lol

jp15_6-01 Uji is about 20-30 minutes from Kyoto en route to Nara. Length of time depends on whether you take the local or rapid trains (both covered by the JR Pass). I think I took the local train. Anyway, Uji is known for green tea, and for being featured in the famous Tale of Genji. Clearly they’re proud of that fact, as the signboard at the station names it The Town of the Tale of Genji.

Here’s a map of where I went in Uji:

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  1. Byodoin Omotesando (street leading up to Byodoin)
  2. Byodoin
  3. Ujigami Shrine
  4. Tale of Genji Museum

Green indicates my walking path up until Byodoin. Dark pink is my path after Byodoin.

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Japan 2015: Day 3 (2) – Hanatouro

After a short stroll around Kawaramachi, I hopped on a bus and headed to Gojo-zaka to see the Hanatouro. The Hanatouro (which I only found out about in January this year) is a small festival where they line some of the Kyoto streets with lanterns.

I could have walked there (from Shijo-dori) but… it was too cold and I had the bus pass to use anyway. I hopped off the city bus at the appropriate stop and strolled up Gojo-zaka. It wasn’t lit up at the beginning of the road, which made me doubt my directions somewhat but it seemed to be correct. There were a few people walking up the same road ahead of me so I just trailed them until I saw little lanterns lining the street and then I was completely reassured.

jp15_3-17Kiyomizudera at the end of the road. (I think I overexposed the image but I had no tripod and my fingers were just about frozen from the cold so I consider this a decent picture.)

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Japan 2014: Day 6 – Kyoto

I skipped a day because apparently I only took about 4 photos the entire day. Not sure how that happened… I’m struggling to remember what I did that day. Checked out of hotel, hopped on bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, took a cab to our Kyoto hotel, and went shopping? I think? D: Man, it feels like there’s a blank in my memory. I assume we went shopping since I don’t have pics. haha

Kamogawa, it’s been a while!

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Japan: Day 4 – Kyoto (1)

For day 3 in Kyoto, we went to the Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Kyoto Uzumasa Eigamura) and Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion.

The English map for the studio park.

The park is kind of like a miniature Universal Studios. It consists of recreations of buildings from the Edo period and served as the backlot for various Japanese period dramas. (Apparently sometimes productions still shoot there now.) It isn’t an exciting place in that there are no exciting rides (though there’s a haunted house of some sort in there) and no parades or stuff you might expect in an amusement park. It’s just buildings – some merely facades, some have the interiors set up with props and stuff so you can wander in and out and take pictures. Reviews on TripAdvisor are generally poor, mostly complaining about lack of things to do and the lack of spoken English during performances and such. I went there with lowered expectations, but it turned out to be rather fun after all.

And we got all dressed up for the occasion…

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