It was great being in Kyoto in October as the autumn colours were nothing short of spectacular. Check out the glorious blooms! I was bowled over.
We also visited a few renowned temples, the first of which was Kiyomizu-dera (
Next up was Kinkakuji, otherwise known as the Golden Pavillion. Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist Temple that houses Buddhist relics. The top two storeys of the pavillion are lined with pure gold. The pavillion, as its name suggests as well, is extravagance exemplified.

We also caught up with Grace’s friend, Tomomi, who travelled all the way to Kyoto to meet us. The kind and friendly babe treated us to a delicious meal at Hilton Hotel.
Ravenous, we gobbled up our appetizer and pasta before it struck us that we hadn’t taken any photos! Here’re the only food photos that we took for that particular meal.

After the satisfying meal, we ventured into the departmental stores and shopping malls that paved the streets near our hotel. What I love about Japan is that the departmental stores carry more affordable second lines of reputable designer labels. One of my favourites has got to be Lavin en Bleu, the second line of Lanvin that was apparently created solely for the Japanese market. Of course, there are also coveted Japanese designer labels such as Comme des Garcons, started by Rei Kawakubo in 1973.
The next day marked the end of our Kyoto tour. We had our last meal at Sukiya, a fast food chain similar to Yoshinoya, but much nicer! I particularly liked the yummy curry rice and salad. Besides the normal-sized portions, they also serve mini portions for patrons who have smaller appetites!

On the way back to our hotel to retrieve our luggages, we bumped into two of the cutest, most fashionable Japanese children! Don’t they look like they were wearing clothes that came right off the runway? Check out the hair too!
I just LOVE them to bits!

And there you have it, our final destination in Kyoto, the Shinkansen (bullet train) station!
More on Tokyo’s delicacies up next!