Date: 22nd March, 2015
After exploring Gion, I crossed over to the other side of Shijo Street.
I forgot what this was called. Mitarashi Dango? Essentially pounded sticky rice grilled and then coated with sweetened soy sauce. It was chilly and I felt like eating something hot.
I walked around a bit and found myself in a narrow lane full of bars
Quite trendy and discreet
Back out in the open
No guesses as to what this restaurant specializes in
That crab restaurant was the end of the Teramachi shopping arcade
Teramachi pretty big and these arcades are spread across for much of Shijo Street
But I was trying to find Nishiki Market, as it was getting late
Sadly, by the time I found Nishiki market, I was late. Most stores were closing or already closed.
Nishiki market has been around for centuries and was Kyoto’s main fish market. Nowadays you will find many restaurants and stores selling specialties like Japanese sweets, pickles and dried seafood.
This is a pickled cucumber called Nara Zuke
Lots of food on sticks
Vegetables and meat
Lot of stores give out samples. These were some rice crackers.
Some were still open for business
I left Nishiki market and walked back to Teramachi
Saw a bakery that specializes in egg tarts
This was an egg tart with strawberry jam and strawberry filling. Costs ¥291 (₹158/$2.4/€2)
There are several shops along Teramachi street. From eateries, souvenir shops, clothing stores, brand stores to unique one-of-a-kind shops like B-Side Label, which sells nothing but stickers! You also have a few stores selling manga and other pop culture merchandise here.
Shinkyogoku is another shopping arcade similar to Teramachi
After doing some shopping H&M (a sale was going on), I felt I was done for the day and decided to head back to the hostel
There was a Mosburger at the intersection and I decided to have my dinner from here. I love Mosburger and the quality of beef here was so much better than I what I’ve had at other Mosburgers outside Japan. This meal cost ¥590 (₹320/$4.8/€4.3)
What the bus stops look like here
I walked all the way back to
Shiori-an Guesthouse even though my feet was feeling the strain. I just wanted to see the surroundings some more. It wasn’t super far or anything, a 20-30 minute walk. On the way back, I stopped at a 100 Yen store, bought one of those see-through umbrellas (which 7-11s sell for ¥300 to ¥500), picked up some snacks and some other bargain gems. You always find some cool items at these 100 Yen stores.
Ahh, taxi drivers. Even in orderly Japan, taxi drivers live up to their reputation of flouting the rules.
I took a warm bath back at
Shiori-an Guesthouse, did my daily expenses, planned tomorrow’s activities and then called it a night. Tomorrow I would visit the famous Fushimi Inari temple and see Kyoto’s famous temples.
Next posts in this series:
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-taisha, and climbing to the mountain top
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu Dera temple
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Gion Corner Cultural Show
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Monkey Park in Arashiyama
Japan 2015: Kyoto Station, and arriving at Himeji by shinkansen
Japan 2015: Himeji Castle, and the unexpected air show
Japan 2015: Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, leaving Himeji for Tokyo — and my last bullet train ride
Japan 2015: Nakamise street, Senso-ji temple, and Ueno Park sakura at half-bloom
Japan 2015: Ueno Zoo – pandas, a lonely polar bear, and more
Japan 2015: Shibuya – the busiest crossing in the world, and home to a loyal dog
Japan 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku — views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building sky deck
Japan 2015: Shopping in Shinjuku, and exploring Kabukicho
Japan 2015: Denboin garden, near Sensoji Temple
Japan 2015: Cherry blossom celebrations by Sumida River
Japan 2015: Boat ride to Odaiba; giant Gundam statue at DiverCity Mall
Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Imperial Palace east garden
Japan 2015: Cherry blossom sightings at Shinjuku Gyoen
Japan 2015: Harajuku on a Sunday – Meiji shrine and Yoyogi Park
Japan 2015: Harajuku at night — Takeshita Street
Japan 2015 – Visiting Akihabara a second time, because why not?
Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Ueno Park
Japan 2015: Rikugien garden’s weeping cherry blossom tree
Japan 2015: Getting to Hakone; Lake Ashi sightseeing cruise
Japan 2015: Hakone ropeway; onsen at Hotel Green Plaza
Japan 2015: Ōwakudani sulphur springs, views of Mt. Fuji — and last night in Tokyo
Japan 2015: Getting to Narita Airport — and flying an Airbus A380 for the first time
Previous posts in this series:
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishi & Higashi Honganji, Shijo street, and Gion
Japan 2015: Riding a bullet train for the first time, Tokyo to Kyoto
Japan 2015: Walking around Akihabara and Ginza
Japan 2015: Going to Akihabara, and spending way too much time in Yodobashi Akiba
Japan 2015: Landing in Tokyo… and using a communal bath for the first time