December 22, 2010

Kyoto, Japan

We left Tokyo on a bus to get a glimpse of the famous Mt Fuji. We had a couple of hours to walk by the lake and admire the majestic mountain, and we stopped at a wonderful cake shop to enjoy a serve of Japanese soft cheesecake before hopping onto a bus and continuing our trip.
From Mishima we took a shinkansen to Kyoto where we spent a few days browsing the gorgeous shrines and temples and eating hearty food, typical for the Kansai region.

Kyoto seemed much more touristic after Tokyo, but we still enjoyed the atmosphere and all the wonderful experiences we had there. One of my favourites was the Nishiki food markets where we walked from stall to stall sampling different foods and ate our way through the delicious local delicacies.

These wooden containers are used for delivering food

Roasted chestnuts are perfect winter food

Zenzai (red bean soup) was perfect for the cold weather

Nishiki Markets

We enjoyed a kaiseki type dinner at a beautiful restaurant with my partner's relatives and yet again got to sample some of the best this region has to offer. We were also offered lunch at a famous Rokusei restaurant that has been serving traditional Japanese 'bento' since 1899.

First course of our kaiseki dinner

Egg custard (chawanmushi)

I'm taking this idea home: okara served with vegetables

Beautiful serving bowls

More bento surprises

A cute parcel containing a yuzu flavoured wagashi



  1. Such gorgeous photo's Maria. You must be enjoying the sub zero temps where you are now!

  2. What a lovely visual treat out there. Love the second click, fierrry....

  3. I am so impressed with all the food photos. They are really inspiring. So much time and effort must go into each recipe and the portion sizes are small.

  4. Absolutely stunning pictures! I hope you're having a wonderful time!

  5. I was hoping to see a glimpse of Mount Fuji; maybe next post? these photos are splendid and really make me wish I had visited Japan. Soon, I hope! In the meantime, enjoy your visit!

  6. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I hope you are having an absolutely amazing experience!

  7. great photos! are you back yet?
    that zenzai looks sooo good esp with that toasted mochi on top....droools!
    merry x'mas maria!

  8. Wow, lovely just brought some memories of my trip to Japan a few year ago...beautiful!

  9. Beautiful clicks and great post. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family, Maria!

  10. All of this sounds so wonderful! Delicious! I'm so glad to see you're having a good time!

  11. you made it to japan! isn't nishiki market lovely? i love that market, it's also known as Kyoto's kitchen and anything Kyoto-esque can be found there... ahh your post makes me miss Kyoto...

  12. Wow! Everything is so beautiful! I wish we went to more kaiseki restaurants.


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