Creative Journal + Japan2017 Day 2: Kyoto

The place I’d love to travel again in Japan, if I were asked, would definitely be Kyoto. Since I already travelled here during spring, I’m planning to come back again on either summer or autumn and will tour the places I haven’t been to. With K’LOOP (Kyoto World Heritage Loop Bus) our do-it-yourself tour covered four popular destinations: Nijo-jo, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera. For every site, I collected tickets and guide fliers as souvenirs that I later put in my A5 journal. (I lost the guide book of Nijo-jo though (T_T) Here’s the video of my creative journal featuring my trip in Kyoto:

Sorry for the low quality oTL

Day 2 in Japan

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By 8 AM of April 1 (happy Watanuki Kimihiro day!) the morning air as cold as 7° greeted us as we left our hotel to look for a restaurant before going to JR line Osaka station.

We ended up having our first breakfast in Osaka at Café Break.

first breakfast in Osaka

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🌸+🍋 = Sakura lemonade~

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Snacks for my Kyoto trip (〃)´艸`)オイシー♪

My favorites are:

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Osaka ➡ Kyoto

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Finally arrived in Kyoto (≧▽≦)

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While waiting for the bus’s arrival, that sakura locker caught my attention🌸🌸🌸 I love everything that has sakura!

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The Karamon Gate

Flashback Friday: First stop in Kyoto. First time entering a castle.

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Due to the castle’s popularity and we arrived at around 12 noon the site was crowded especially inside the halls where everyone is recquired to take off his/her shoes before entering and will walk barefeet on narrowed corridors.

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Cameras are prohibited so I won’t be able to show you my tour inside the halls (but official photos taken by professional photographers are available in the internet. Perhaps check them out if you’re curious to see the artistic structures of walls and ceilings.)

But I can show you the beauty of the garden instead!

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A crow at the edge of the roof!

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Chibi sakura~

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During this time, many sakura haven’t reached their full bloom yet which worried me, until…

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A lone pretty pink tree appeared among the green ones!

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So beautiful~

Happy Watanuki day〜! #kimihirowatanuki #xxxholic #1stdayofapril

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SECOND STOP: Kinkaku-ji

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White Snake Pagoda

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As you might already noticed, I’m fascinated about taking photos of random streets.

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THIRD STOP: Ginkaku-ji

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Fishcake with cheese~

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Bamboo grove beside the path towards the entrance.

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Front of Ginkaku-ji

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Back of Ginkaku-ji

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FOURTH (LAST) STOP: Kiyomizu-dera

As the grey sky slowly melted to hue of night, we decided to have a dinner near Kiyomizu-dera.

Tip: along the way to Kiyomizu-dera are numerous souvenir and snack shops that sometimes offer free samples of food. Must try!


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#sakuramitsutsuki 🌸🌙

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The reason why Kiyomizu-dera is on my top list among the Kyoto sites we’ve been so far.

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I will always remember how beautiful Kiyomizu-dera is in the night. All my hard work for this trip really paid off.

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We weren’t able to visit the Koyasu Pagoda as we arrived late (。ŏ﹏ŏ) I believe the it closes at 5 PM.

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And that ends my Kyoto trip! I’ll be back again (especially in Kiyomizu-dera) to do the things I haven’t experienced and travel the places I haven’t visited yet. See you again next time (•ө•)♡



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The first sign of Gintama in my Japan trip.


Up next: Japan2017 (Day3): Universal Studios


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