Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Trip in Kyoto and Osaka!

Inspite of my dreadful pollen allergy... Sachan, Liza and I took Tatay and Ted around some cool places in Kyoto and Osaka on a three days two nights trip (3/12~14) by bullet train. It's off season to travel in Kyoto and Osaka, so we thought that this is our good chance to avoid the crowd. Unfortunately...every places we went in were crowded! We started our trip in Kyoto. We stayed in Hotel Sanoya, a Japanese-style hotel. We first visited one of the 17 world historical treasures in Kyoto, the Kiyomizu Shrine then we went to Gion, the most exclusive and well known geisha district in Kyoto. The old Japanese style houses, tea rooms and restaurants in Kyoto are really cool! The next day, we visited the Golden Pavillion, then we end up our trip in Kyoto Studio Park. We travelled to Osaka on late afternoon. We stayed in Keihan Hotel inside Universal City. We spent our last day in Universal Studio Japan.
Kyoto Station...Japan's second-largest train station building, after Nagoya Station.

Main Gate of Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple is a Unesco World Heritage listed site in the Eastern Kyoto region of Higashiyama and is one of the best known sights of the city.

The temple dates back to 798, but the present buildings were constructed in 1633.

Otowa-no-taki, the waterfall where visitors drink for health, longevity, and success in studies

Taking a break... hinay-hinay lang po!

Street lined by beautiful old buildings in Gion district



My dinner!

Our room in Hotel SanoyaRest time!

Our morning breakfast

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the temple. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf.

Golden Pavillion is really beautiful! It is surrounded by a calm lake and a lovely Japanese garden.

Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1994. Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is the popular name of Rokuon-ji (Deer Park Temple), a temple dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Kannon. The temple was built in 1393 while the present building dates from 1955.

Japanese Tea House

Kyoto Studio Park... also known as TOEI Uzumasa Eiga Mura

Meiji houseOld streetcar

Hide and seek?!

"This sword is mine!!!"

Traditional stage theater

Show time!

Samurai stage show

Late lunch time! Filming an Edo Period action-drama

Statue of Kyoto Studio Park

Our hotel in Osaka... Keihan Hotel in Universal City

Shopping in Universal City

Kare dinner at Oriental restaurant in Universal City

Time to rest!

Having Mcdonald's morning breakfast in our room.

Universal Studio Japan

Popeye & Olive!


Fisherman's wharp

Sesame Street

Ted's toy store


Jurassic Park

Land of Wizard of Oz

My restaurant!

Tatay's art gallery!?

Time to go home!

Going back to Shizuoka City


More pix to come!

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