N-san Birthday Dinner and Kyoto trip final plan

N-san's bday dinner last night at an "Italian" restaurant

There were only 6 of us, since we sort of organized it last minute, and 2 guys were from another team (“Otaku” and “Party God” XD).

Anyhow, it was not all you can drink and my share came out to be 3000 yen O_O… I was only 50% full and only drank Anju-Ume-shu on rocks and Bloody Mary (I’ve heard cocktails in many restaurants of Japan sucked, it was true in this case… next time will stick with shoju/sake).

The whole meal sucked, besides the "birthday" dessert, which was deli.. or maybe i just haven't had sugar things for too long- Brownie, apple pie, cheesecake, icecream, creme brulee.

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I was planning to go straight home after Japanese lesson today, cuz I had many things to do: laundry, packing, trip plan, some work…

But of course, how could I resist food??? Katsu-Don with cold thick noodles (tasted exactly like Udon, though it claimed to be something else =_=")

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Since pretty much the whole world (no, just my team T_T) knows I’m going to Kyoto, many people have given me some great recommendations ~ Below is for my reference during the trip.

Sakura Status

Kyoto Hanami Locations

Open Time

Manga Cafe

Transportation: Take trains or bike (because bus is complex and too many cars on roads)

Must try food:Matcha buffet, Tofu, Warabi Mochi, tea

This shop is very famous for Matcha.

http://www.giontsujiri.co.jp/

A colleague wrote the following, he’s Kyoto expert because he studied there in University and he knows a lot about Kyoto clubs XD

★:recommend!

■Cherry blossom places

蹴上(Keage)

http://www.kyotokk.com/saku_inkulin.html

二条城(Nijo Castle (Light up at night))

http://www.city.kyoto.jp/bunshi/nijojo/

■walk alound course(for sightseeing)

★銀閣寺→哲学の道→南禅寺→蹴上(3 hours walk)

http://maps.google.co.jp/maps/place?cid=14556668149526608321&q=%E5%93%B2%E5%AD%A6%E3%81%AE%E9%81%93&hl=ja&gl=jp&brcurrent=3,0x6001a44d9660209d:0xdc5794170f389408,0&ie=UTF8&ll=35.022799,135.795374&spn=0.006677,0.012403&t=m&z=17&vpsrc=0http://kyoto.gp1st.com/350/ent156.html

★下賀茂神社→鴨川→京都御所→寺町→三条→祇園→知恩院・八坂神社→清水寺

■Rent a bike

http://www.kyoto-option.com/

If you want to go bum around, rent a bike is good strategy.

(Bus root is very complex! but most of Kyoto road is cross-shaped, it is

easy to understand where you are.)

Shops(food,bar,chandlery)

■出町柳周辺

・柳月堂(パン)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260302/26001108/

クルミパンがおいしいんですよ.

ここでパンを買い,鴨川に座って食べるといい感じよ.

・アオゾラ(カレー)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260302/26002352/

京大すぐ近くのタイカレー屋さん

京大近辺出町柳交差点の近くにはカレー屋が4件くらいあって

激戦区なんですが,割とここはいけると思う.

■丸太町・平安神宮周辺

・Kyoto 生 Chocolat Organic Tea House(丸太町・平安神宮)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260301/26003208/

かわいい町屋+犬+猫+シェフは外人さん+生チョコ+タンポポコーヒー

いいところです.

わたくし学生の頃,このあたりに住んでいました.

・山元製麺(うどん)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260301/26002504/

平安神宮の東横の岡崎通り(?)にあるうどん屋さん

岡北とはお隣.こっちは行列ができてる.

讃岐っぽいこしの強いうどんで,量はがっつりな感じ.

間違いなくおいしい

★岡北(うどん)

http://www.kyoto-okakita.com/

でも俺はこっちをおす.こう,つるっとのどに入るうどんで

やわらかで優しくて,これは京都のうどんだ!と思います.

ここの二軒は本当にレベル高いですよ

★グリル小宝(洋食)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260301/26000009/

上のうどん二軒のすぐ近くにある洋食屋さんで

こちらもとてつもなくおいしいと思っています.

量が多いのですが,もう本当にいい味です.

オムライス・ハイシライス・ビーフシチュー押し.

ビーフシチューは3000円くらいするのですが,すごいいい味.

・ベッカライ・ペルケオ・アルト・ハイデルベルク(パン)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2603/A260301/26014599/

色遣いがかわいいドイツパン屋さん.

あんまり食べてないけど,おいしかった記憶あり.

下の生チョコカフェからそこまで離れていないので

よろしければお立ち寄りやす.

・京のつくね家(お昼・親子丼)

京大病院のすぐ近くにあります.

親子丼が本当においしい.玉子凄いのよ!

■寺町周辺

Bar K6(バー)

http://ksix.jp/

割と名物バー,らしい.そこまで行ったことはない…

日本酒バーよらむから,そこまで離れていないと思います.

■三条四条周辺

★アルバーチョチャイナ(ランチ@四条河原町)

http://albacio-china.com/index.html

ランチで言えば,ここより美味な中華も知りませんし

ここより高いなコスパの中華も知りません.一押し.

・一保堂茶舗(日本茶)

http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/about/map.html

寺町通り沿いにあります京都のお茶屋さんのカフェ.

お茶おいしいよ!混んでるかも.

・地球屋(飲み屋@四条河原町)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2602/A260201/26000751/dtlphotolst/P6852169/?ityp=3

アルバーチョチャイナの隣にある飲み屋.

ザ・京都の学生!っていう感じのお店.一人は厳しいかも.

・ANGERS(雑貨)

http://www.angers.jp/shop.html

三条河原町からちょっと北に上がったところにある雑貨屋さん

三階建ての素敵ビルです.

Cafe

★エレファントファクトリーコーヒー(三条と四条の間)

http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2602/A260201/26005522/

村上春樹の世界を再現したカフェ

立地最高・真夜中までやってるですごくいいと思います.

・TRACTION bookcafe(三条烏丸)

http://www.traction-bookcafe.com/

行ったことないけど,有名らしい!

アート系の本も結構多く置いてあるブックカフェですよー

■京都駅周辺

・SOBA Cafe さらざん(五条~七条烏丸)

http://www.sarrasin-kyoto.com/index.html

京都駅から歩いて10分くらいかな?

割とおいしいです.時間が余ったらぜひ.

銀閣寺方面(京都の北東のはしっこ)

・ガケ書房

http://www.h7.dion.ne.jp/~gakegake/

サブカル臭漂う本屋さん.

京都をふらふらするなら,レンタサイクルを借りるといいよ!

出町柳駅出たところや,三条駅北出口のところにあります.

ふらふらするなら,寺町通りから一本くらい外れてさまようとか

寺町通りをふらふらするとか

四条烏丸南東エリア/南西エリアを五条に向かってふらふらしても

面白いかもです.いろんなちっさなお店があるよ!

Finalized Itinerary:

Day 1-Breakfast/station>Toji>天龍寺>Arashiyama>龍安寺>御室@仁和寺>Kinkaku>二条城

—sunrise at 三条大橋/金戒光明寺 —

Day 2- 清水寺>高台寺>御所(9-3:30)>浄土宗/総本山/知恩院 >平安神宮/神苑>哲学の道>銀閣寺>Night walk @Gion

if time allows…

醍醐寺 Daigo Ji Southern Kyoto

三十三間堂

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So yeah, I lied… I can’t finish my Kamakura posts by the end of this week… Not that anyone cares anyway XD

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4 thoughts on “N-san Birthday Dinner and Kyoto trip final plan

  1. My co-worker got fired yesterday… so, I guess I am not seeing any birthday event at my workplace for a while… (people are in fear and working hard now…)

    FEAR!!! I better get back to work too! Have a great traveling weekend!

  2. ~iv says:

    LOL just realize that half your posts talks about going drinking with your co-workers XP your trip sounds awesome! even though I cant read half of it!!! LOL the matcha cafe sounds interesting, clicked on the link… still cant read it! hahaha hope you have a great time! and take lots of pics! because aside from the fact you are going to kyoto, i have no idea what your itinerary says… >.<"

    and btw, i CARE about your posts about your previous great weekend too!!! cant wait!

  3. may kann says:

    crystal! great job on this blog! i love your pictures and day to day stories, u must have put alot of effort documenting all the details. it has been very interesting to read, keep it coming! the style of writing is so you – its as if u were telling us whats been happening over a dinner conversation. anyways, i wish u more happy times to come, and i hope u’re hanging in there during those tough times. take care! 🙂

    • thx May XD… writing these blogs help me rmb these experiences. Cuz I know if I only take photos, I prolly would only look thru them once. lol, I guess I can save a lot of conversations after I come back then , and just direct ppl to my blog lol

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