Not gonna lie, it was a bit of a rough morning after our big karaoke night #worthit But we got some toast and coffee in us and head out. On our walk to the metro station, we had to do a double take... is that Coy?!? We recognized Coy in the advertisements ALL over this suit store - we couldn't believe it! #quitethefamousmodel #weknowhim Naturally, we freaked out a bit :)
Paige and I decided to head to Kyoto early and made our first stop in the city at Man in the Moon pub at Kyoto station to visit my friend Kei. Nate and I met Kei last time we were in Kyoto (Nov 2015) when we went to Man in the Moon and another bar he worked at, Jelly Bean Rocket - we've kept in touch on Facebook since. #gottalovetechnology
Since it was Saturday night, the bar was pretty packed, but this led to a fun, festive atmosphere. After catching up with Kei, and meeting his new girlfriend :), we were asked if we didn't mind if some people shared our table due to the crowd. #noproblem #themorethemerrier This led to Paige and I sharing some drinks and laughs with some locals - which is always more fun! We got to try some yummy sparkling sake with one couple, and after they left, another was sat at our table. The guy had pretty prayer bracelets and I commented on them. He said he made them and then gave me one! #what?! #peopleherearesonice! I was surprised and happy, and of course, wore my nice, handmade prayer bracelet the rest of the trip. Finally, around 12, we had to catch the last metro to our hostel and settle in for the night.
We started our full last day in Kyoto heading over to famous Bamboo Grove forest. This was also at the top of my list of places to see. This was located in the Arashiyama area and only a few train stops down. On our walk over to the bamboo we grabbed a quick bite to eat at one of the food stall restaurants on the street.
We started our second day at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha, which is a shinto shrine. This was one of the top things I wanted to see while we were in Kyoto. This shrine complex was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family in the 8th century. Today, it's one of Japan's most popular shrines and is the head shrine for the 30,000 different Inari shrines scattered across Japan. These Torii line a path up the Inari mountain and goes 4km up; there are thousands of red torii. #getineducated #thankslonelyplanet
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!