Our day with Toshiyo was like spending the day with a caring auntie who was eager to proudly show us the best of her city. Although Kyoto feels less-crowded and easier to navigate than Tokyo, there are still around 2000 temples and shrines, so we found it extremely helpful to have a local guide who could help us focus the visit on the more noteworthy sites. We began our day by hopping on the metro with Toshiyo and heading outside the city to a beautiful garden in Arashiyama. Although it was a winter garden, we were able to understand how the garden was designed to best showcase the blossoms and foliage of the season. The best part of visiting this particular garden was that it was adjacent to a mature bamboo forest, which we were delighted to stroll through afterwards. Heading back to the train, Toshiyo explained that just as the blossoms are seasonal, so is the food. We stopped and tried a pink mochi made of camellia, produced only this time of year, when they are in full bloom. A visit to the stunning Golden Kinkakuji and to Nijo, the last Shogun’s castle, were well worth our time. But since Kyoto is a university town, we also enjoyed learning about the local menus for university student that local restaurants offer. If you haven’t already tried it, ask Toshiyo if she can help you find Oyakodon, the famous chicken and egg bowl, which turned out to be a trip favorite!
Dear Dominique Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I was much impressed with your beautiful talented family. I am glad you had a good time in Kyoto. I am much worried about visiting Sanjusangendo. I should have decided earlier. But we didn’t get much rain so it was great. Thank you very much for contacting me!Toshiyo