Japan 2009! 21st December (Day 2)

Posted in Japan on 21 December, 2009 (13:45)

Japan 2009! Day 2

Lots and lots of walking in Southern Higashiyama today and a meeting with the Hotel staff for final wedding details!

Like and good day should, today started with a visit to a nearby bakery to stock up on tasty fuel to keep us going during our long days adventuring. We took the Subways up to Higashiyama station, with the plan being to walk down to Kiyomizu Dera.

Higashiyama

Strolling down through Higashiyama towards Shoren-in

Sadly Shoren-in was shut today so we headed down some more to Chion-in, one of the most impressive sights it Kyoto thanks to it’s massive gate.

Chion in

The impressive, if slightly imposing gate of Chion-in

The gate steps are flanked by some amazing gardens

The gate steps are flanked by some amazing gardens

Who you lookin at?

Who you lookin at?

Lucy, Vicky and Emma, they weren't as happy when they turned around and saw all those steps!

Lucy, Vicky and Emma, they weren’t as happy when they turned around and saw all those steps!

Made it!

We made it! I need to lay off the Cinnamon Melts…

Shrine buildings

Shrine buildings

Purification water

Purification water

Messing about with the macro function

Messing about with the macro function

Me and Emma-san

Me and Emma-san

We ventured inside the main building but no pics were allowed sadly. The priest was currently conducting a prayer ceremony which was really nice to see.

One of the Shrine buildings backing onto the hills behind

One of the Shrine buildings backing onto the hills behind, was a fantastic sight and I just wish this camera captured how high up it goes!

The platform of the main building, looking towards Hojo Garden

The platform of the main building, looking towards Hojo Garden, is it bad that FFVII was my first thought when seeing that name?

Cute little bridge, everyone got piccies here

Cute little bridge, everyone got piccies here

Heading back down

We decided it was time to say goodbye to Chion-in and headed down the hill exit(no steps!) towards Maruyama Koen. Spotted some Autumn leaves still holding on!

Gate to somebodys house

Gate to somebodys house, thought it made a cute shot

Water feature in Maruyama-koen

Water feature in Maruyama-koen. It was strange seeing the trees so bare as this place is famous for cherry blossom viewing

Old vs new

Old vs new in the park, statue wins but the machine did sell very nice hot chocolate

We continued strolling down towards Kiyomizu Dera..

Amazing restuarant garden

Amazing restaurant garden

Couldn't not stop by Ishibe-koji

Couldn’t not stop by Ishibe-koji

Kurismasu tree!

Kurismasu tree! so cute it warranted a photo!

RAWR!

RAWR!

Checking out the shops, cat shop!

Checking out the shops, cat shop!

Yatsuhashi being prepared

Yatsuhashi being prepared, it was mesmerising!

Kiyomizu Dera

And the big complex itself, Kiyomizu Dera. We left Emmas family here to explore while we headed back to the Hotel for our Wedding meeting.

Westie!

Cute little Westie having a nap

Awesome little Koi pond in front of a shop, this was literally dug into the street!

Awesome little Koi pond in front of a shop, this was literally dug into the street!

Found a Ghibli shop!

Found a Ghibli shop! Totoro-san!

The fantastic decoration of Minami-za Theatre

The fantastic decoration of Minami-za Theatre

Wedding meeting went very well, we were a little late back as stations in Higashiyama are pretty sparse! Met the Hotel manager and was presented with his busines card – I hope I accepted it correctly!

We then headed up to the fitting room to try on our wedding gowns, no pics you’ll have to wait for shots from the day! Four our five staff were watching during my fitting and were quite complimentary – they’re awfully kind so i’d expect nothing less, as long as I don’t look like a fat mess I’ll be happy!

Afterwards we headed to the lounge on the 15th floor for a hot drink and meeting witj Yuka and Saeko. We discussed the timetable of events of the Wedding day and got to know them a bit better informally. We’ve known them both so long via email that it was really nice to actually get to know them.

I dragged Em out to Bic Camera in search of a power adapter and couldn’t resist having a nosey in the Gunpla section.

Gunpla!

Master-Grade boxes are huge now it’s quite worrying…

Spotted in the wild: PG Gundam 00, what a beast

Spotted in the wild: PG Gundam 00, what a beast

Granvia Hotel entrance

Moseying back to find the family as it was time for food! The Granvia Hotel entrance is so pretty we couldn’t resist a pic.

Off to the grill

We picked this grill restaurant on Asty Road

The gang

The gang

Birru for James

Birru for James

And wine for other peeps

And wine for other peeps

Spaghetti with meat sauce, yum!

Spaghetti with meat sauce, yum!

Nice and full we headed back to the Hotel for a relax in our suite. Ems sister lucy left her hat in the restaurant and our waitress came to find us, impressive as we’d got quite a long way before she did, only in Japan!

Crazy Casino game, I got ruined

Crazy Casino game, I got ruined, loving the Kangaroo pose Amy!

Did ok at poker though! You can't read someone that doesn't know what they're doing!

Did ok at poker though! You can’t read someone that doesn’t know what they’re doing!

 

 

Thanks for reading! Here are some of my other posts you might like

Project Updates
Japan 2009! 19th-20th December (Day 1)
The Secret Submarine Bar
Setsubun - The bean throwing ceremony
Welcome to Hanshin Tigers Week!
Tuesday Time-lapse: Tsuruhashi

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