We arrived at Kansai Airport and took a connecting train to Kyoto, about 45 minutes away. We stayed in Kyoto for many days and used it as a base to travel around the Kansai and the Western Honshu region. I love Kyoto very much. The city is peaceful, unlike the buzzling Tokyo and Osaka. It is so pretty that President Roosevelt who had been to Kyoto ordered the American army not to bomb the city. So today, Kyoto is one of the best preserved city in Japan.
It is full of beautiful parks such as the Maruyama Goen, Tokyo’s most famous sakura viewing site. It is also one of the sites that the Memoir of Geisha was filmed. Nearby is the is Yasaka Shrine, once used to be the place for up and coming Geishas came to pray in hope of looking for a good patron. The famous Gion district is not far away.
There is a very nice oyster bar at Niisiki Market and we came across it by accident. The oysters were half baked and the aroma can still make me salivating now. Somewhere near to Kiyomizu Dera, there is a stone paved street called “Sannenzaka” and it is said that if you fall down there, you will have bad luck for three years.