Japan Food Tour – Kyoto Day 3

After breakfast we headed off to the Toji market. This is only on once a month, on the 21st of the month, and Chiko had never been and a few of us wanted to go, so we all went. They sell all sorts of stuff there! Ela and I even bought things! They sell lots of second hand kimonos and fresh food…:

Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto
Toji Market, Kyoto

There’s a Temple there, but we didn’t have time to go and check it out, since we were busy buying stuff 🙂

Next was a cooking class – we had a lady demonstrating how to cook an obanzai meal, and then we had to do it ourselves in groups of 4. It wasn’t too bad. We got to eat it after, which was even better!

Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Wak Japan Cooking Class, near Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

Afterwards we had a short stop at Toyokuni Shrine, where we saw a wedding and a ‘whatever-they-do-with-babies-that’s-like-a-christening’ and got to see a priest up close.

Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto
Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto

Then we went to the Kiyomizu-Dera temple. This is quite famous and there was such a crowd! Probably because it was the weekend and a nice warm day. Ela stayed outside and waited for me in the shade while I went through. It wasn’t until I took a photo of it after walking through, that I realised James had taken me here when I was in Japan in 1994. There were lots of pretty girls in kimonos on display again.

Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto

After this we went to Nishiki Shopping Street. This is a long street with mainly foodstuffs on display.

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Though they also sold little toys – mainly cats, it seems!

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A guy tried to sell us the shark-fin paddle with which you grate the wasabi root to make wasabi. No thanks!

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The Nishiki Shrine at the end of the shopping street had a sacred bull, for something completely different!

Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto

It also had a few lovely quiet areas, including some beautiful origami cranes:

Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto
Nishiki Shrine, Kyoto

After that we wandered over the river:

Gion District, Kyoto
Gion District, Kyoto

And had a look at Yasaka Shrine, in the Gion District. It was very pretty and quiet out the back, in the hustle and bustle of the city. Of course there were more pretty kimino-clad people:

Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto
Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Kyoto

We walked around the Gion district a little before dinner.

Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto

This is where all the Geishas and Maikos used to hang out. Some still do – one walked past us and there were crowds of people trying to photograph her (including me, of course). They seem to be the rock stars of Kyoto:

Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto
Walking around the Gion District, Kyoto

We stopped for a Shabu Shabu dinner. It was quite nice – you get as much steak and pork and veg as you can handle. You just have to cook it yourself in a fondue-like setup in front of you. It was expensive, but very nice.

Shabu-shabu dinner at Gion Gyuzen in the Gion District, Kyoto
Shabu-shabu dinner at Gion Gyuzen in the Gion District, Kyoto
Shabu-shabu dinner at Gion Gyuzen in the Gion District, Kyoto
Shabu-shabu dinner at Gion Gyuzen in the Gion District, Kyoto
Shabu-shabu dinner at Gion Gyuzen in the Gion District, Kyoto
Shabu-shabu dinner at Gion Gyuzen in the Gion District, Kyoto

We then went for a walk around the Gion District by night. Very pretty in parts. The riverside restaurants reminded me very much of Singapore!

A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto
A walk around the Gion District by night, Kyoto

Then back home for a good night’s sleep.

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