Day trip to Kyoto – NCT went here for NCT Life (How to go, where to go, and where to eat)

We weren’t able to go around Kyoto before as it was raining and we arrived late we went there a few years ago.

I told my dad that we should head to Kyoto early so that we can go to a lot of places (spoiler alert: we weren’t able to visit all the places on my list, but at least we have a reason to go back!)

Places we went to around Kyoto (in order)

1. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
2. Iwatayama Monkey Park
3. Fushimi Inari Taisha
4. Nishiki Market
5.  Downtown Kyoto

So for our first location around Kyoto, I decided to go to the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest since it was the farthest one from the list.

You can ride the subway all the way to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest but the walk is very far. Upon doing some research, you can ride a local bus that will take you directly to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

How to go to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest :

1. Get down at Saiin station (HK-83)
2. Exit North Gate

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follow signs to north gates
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view as you get out
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follow the road to “bus”
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view as you get out
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face right and
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walk straight
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you will see the bus stop

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you will see the bus that will arrive, ride BUS 28! BUS 28. We made a mistake by riding an alternative bus number and it took us forever to arrive

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yes, you can use your Suica card here as well!

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Get down at Nonomiya
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you will see a Snoopy cafe
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and there is an alley with the Snoopy cafe on your left
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just keep walking straight
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and
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you will end up here!

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This is one of the destinations for NCT Life in Osaka (episode 18) :

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After spending some time at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, we walked towards Iwatayama Monkey Park. We wanted to see some Japanese macaque monkeys!!

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entrance only cost 550 yen for adults and 250 yen for children

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map

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the hike and walk to the area WAS SO TIRING
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ALL THAT TIRED FEELING WENT AWAY AS SOON AS I SAW THE MONKEYS!!

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We were in time for their feeding time !! I’ll show you a part of it in my travel film!

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I wish my mom saw these Japanese macaque monkeys as well, she was the one who introduced me to them. She was in Vancouver with my brother at the time. Hopefully, I can take her to a place where she can see them as well.

After spending some time with the Japanese macaque monkeys, we decided to have lunch in town.

I forgot to take a photo of what the restaurant looked like (sorry we were really hungry), but this is what was displayed!

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my dad got the Tentoji-donburi
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While I got the Katsu-donburi ( SO GOOD!!!)

After having lunch, we proceeded to Fushimi Inari Taisha. We rode bus 28, but this time heading to Kyoto Station.

How to go to Fushimi Inari :
1. Ride JR Nara Line heading to Nara from Kyoto
2. Get down at Inari Station

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how Kyoto station looks like

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after seeing so many fox statues, I remembered Hotarubi no Mori e even if the setting was not an Inari shrine. I saw a lot of people wear the fox mask so I was reminded of the movie.

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We wanted to climb the whole Fushimi Inari but our energy got drained from the Monkey Park, but hopefully next time!

After taking some photos, we decided to go have some grilled Quail. We discovered this restaurant while looking for a place to eat way back!

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how the place looks from the outside

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you can just take a photo and show them
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THIS PLACE DIDN’T EVEN CHANGE! It looked exactly the same, 7 years ago
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YUM!!! DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITES
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Hello Kitty!

After having some grilled Quail meat, we decided to head to Nishiki Market!! I am OBSESSED with the Tofu Doughnuts I ate before!! I told my dad that we have to go back for some Tofu Doughnuts.

How to go to Nishiki Market Market:
(The station and the exit were a bit far from Nishiki Market so I will recommend a better one below. I will be using Google Maps with “showing” you on how you can get there)

1. Get down at Karasuma Station
2. Exit 16

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when you get out of exit 16, you’ll see the apple store in front of you
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face left and walk towards the alley
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and just keep walking straight
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you will suddenly notice an alley on your right
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you’ve already arrived at Nishi Market

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There are a lot of food in Nishiki Market
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BUT WE (I) DECIDED TO JUST HEAD OVER AND FIND MY FAVORITE TOFU DOUGHNUTS

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They also serve some soft served ice cream! I should probably try this next time!
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I JUST CHOSE THEIR ORDINARY TOFU DOUGHNUTS
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CLOUD 9 MOMENT!! I WAITED FOR SO LONG TO EAT THOSE TOFU DOUGHNUTS
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I WAS HONESTLY THE HAPPIEST

After fulfilling my Tofu Doughnut cravings, we went back to Downtown Kyoto to meet up with my friend,  Enzo for dinner. He’s taking up his masters in Kyoto!

He recommended a good katsu place to us, so we headed there for dinner. The place is called Katsukura and this is how the place looked like from outside.

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We ordered the Sangen pork tenderloin cutlet set meal

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After dinner, he took us to a place where everything was priced at 270 yen! This was the only photo I was able to take, as we were busy catching up! He mentioned that there are a lot of branches of this place around Kyoto.

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all photos taken using an iPhone / Fujifilm X-T20 18-55 mm

And that’s how we ended our day trip to Kyoto!

Watch my Osaka Travel Film here!

💚, R


Read about my other Osaka or Japan adventures

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