Sun, Dec 22, 2013 (Day #13)
I woke up a lot earlier than the time that I had set on my alarm. However, my boyfriend was still sleeping and I didn't want to disturb him. So instead of doing nothing around the hotel room; I decided to go across the street to eat at Yayoiken again. It's so great that they serve meals 24/7; love it!!
|It's open 24-hours a day.|
|Plastic models of the food outside of the restaurant.|
|pork cutlet meal set.|
Backpacking and staying in hostels was never an option for us. We knew from the start that we were unable to do that as we have never done it before, and that I couldn't fit everything in one mid-sized backpack (haha). Therefore, we opted to stay in only hotels throughout our 3 weeks in Japan ranging from 3 to 4.5 stars. It was rather expensive as we moved around a lot from city to city (a total of 10 different cities), so luckily there were a few affordable lunch options available.
|Map of the Kinkakuji grounds.|
|The entrance fee for each person is ¥400.|
|Doesn't the scenery surrounding the Kinkakuji look magnificent?|
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm (daily)
Transit: Take the Kyoto City Bus #101 or 205 to the Kinkaku-ji Michi bus stop.
It started raining quite hard when we left Kinkakuji, so we decided to head back to Kyoto Station to have an early dinner. The rain really dampened our plans to visit the district of Gion and see Geisha, and eat dinner in the area. I was rather sad about this as I was looking forward to checking it out.
Porta Mall [udon] (dinner)
Porta Mall is an underground mall located beneath Kyoto Station. There are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants inside of the mall.
|Udon restaurant (unknown English name) inside of Porta Mall.|
|Shrimp tempura udon (¥848).|
|Cold udon set (¥839).|
As I didn't eat my entire dinner at the previous restaurant; we stopped at the Lotteria inside of the mall. Lotteria is a fast-food chain in Japan and has hundreds of franchises in East Asia.
|Cheeseburger combo (¥550).|
Last treat for the night was two baked goods from Vie de France. They were near closing so the selection was quite limited.
|Twist stick cinnamon (¥137) and chorizo sausage with tartar sauce & cheese (¥168).|
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