Japan 2009! 23rd December (Day 4)

Posted in Japan on 23 December, 2009 (14:47)

Japan 2009! Day 4

Last day of freedom! Spent it climbing a bloody great hill to hang with some simian buddys and hunting down some of Kyotos finest Irish bars for my 3rd Stag do!

Mister Donut

Looking for a nice way to start the day, Emma and I checked out the nearby Mister Donut for breakfast, twas good but no Krispy Kreme!

Dropped by Bic Camera too for a new power adapter. We were a little early and ended up waiting outside for it to open like true geeks!

Dropped by Bic Camera too for a new power adapter. We were a little early and ended up waiting outside for it to open like true geeks!

All donuted and shopped out, we met up with the folks and made our way to todays destination, Arashiyama!

All donuted and shopped out, we met up with the folks and made our way to todays destination, Arashiyama!

It was a little rainy today which seemed like a perfect reason to seek out the shelter of the Bamboo forest

It was a little rainy today which seemed like a perfect reason to seek out the shelter of the Bamboo forest

This is Nonomiya-Jinja, many god are enshrined here - one of them being a god of good match and marriage, very fitting!

This is Nonomiya-Jinja, many god are enshrined here – one of them being a god of good match and marriage, very fitting!

Water ladels for purification

Water ladels for purification

The fantastic Bamboo forest itself, a Panda would go nuts here!

The fantastic Bamboo forest itself, a Panda would go nuts here!

Wall of bamboo

Wall of bamboo

We headed through the forest to Kameyama-koen to follow the river along to Togetsu bridge

We headed through the forest to Kameyama-koen to follow the river along to Togetsu bridge

River boats passing, quite a cool sight

River boats passing, quite a cool sight

Walking down Hozu-gawa towards Togetsu bridge

Walking down Hozu-gawa towards Togetsu bridge. Very quiet to today as it is the Emperors birthday. No rowboats which is probably a good thing after I did so well last time!

This boat is usually a restaurant moored in, interesting to see it closed up

This boat is usually a restaurant moored in, interesting to see it closed up

Approaching the main street in Arashiyama

Approaching the main street in Arashiyama

Crossing Togetsu bridge, Iwatayama Monkey Park beckons!

Crossing Togetsu bridge, Iwatayama Monkey Park beckons!

This way for the Monkeys!

This way for the Monkeys!

The start of our ascent, having done it once before I was slightly prepared, but still found it challenging

The start of our ascent, having done it once before I was slightly prepared, but still found it challenging

Up we go...

Up we go…

Amy and Lucy setting the pace

Amy and Lucy setting the pace

Bob and Vicky making their ascent

Bob and Vicky making their ascent

Monkey located!

Monkey located!

Many Monkeys Located!

Many Monkeys Located!

As i’ve posted before, to feed the monkeys at Iwatayama, you have to enter a shed and feed them through wire. I jumped in there for a bit to feed/monkey around with the monkeys and see what I could get them to do, a few videos below:

Normal Feeding

Can you catch buddy?

Which one will you take? Oh ok both…

Greedy Monkey!

Greedy Monkey!

Took a few shots of the fantastic view which i’ll try to make into a panoramic at a later date.

The Monkeys local watering hole

The Monkeys local watering hole

We said goodbye to the Monkeys and descended back into Arashiyama to check out the delights of the shops. Found some cute local sweets in jars to use as table decorations/nibbles at the reception and Bob and I discovered this little place…

It's a beef croquette stand, tried to ask if the have a Japanese name but the lady didn't understand me

It’s a beef croquette stand, tried to ask if the have a Japanese name but the lady didn’t understand me

And here they are, yum! I could eat a bucket of these

And here they are, yum! I could eat a bucket of these

Not far up the road I was tempted again by something called a 'Roll Cake Sand'

Not far up the road I was tempted again by something called a ‘Roll Cake Sand’

Which looks like this, I went for Vanilla! sauce was disgusting by itself but all together it tasted great!

Which looks like this, I went for Vanilla! sauce was disgusting by itself but all together it tasted great!

Tired and with the weather turning, we said goodbye to Arashiyama

Tired and with the weather turning, we said goodbye to Arashiyama

Bob and I headed out hunting for a 7-11 near Kyoto Station

Bob and I headed out hunting for a 7-11 near Kyoto Station

Success! and FFXIII Elixir get! Will post separately about this.

Success! and FFXIII Elixir get! Will post separately about this.

So now we parted company with the Ladies, who headed off to karaoke and we began our Irish bar hunt!

So now we parted company with the Ladies, who headed off to karaoke and we began our Irish bar hunt!

First stop, McLoughlin's Irish Bar

First stop, McLoughlin’s Irish Bar, nice place with great views across the Kamo-gawa

Next the Gael, great place, would've stayed all evening if the musician wasn't having such technical failures!

Next the Gael, great place, would’ve stayed all evening if the musician wasn’t having such technical failures!

Bob and his birru

Bob and his birru

Equipment problems, the place was tiny though he should've just asked us all to pipe down!

Equipment problems, the place was tiny though he should’ve just asked us all to pipe down!

Next stop, Gnome!

Next stop, Gnome! Bob was quite impressed I managed to find these places

And inside Gnome

And inside Gnome, quite quiet

We did try to find one last bar, K6 Irish without luck, don’t know if we went wrong or whether it was closed for the night. eitherway, we headed back for the station.

Bumped into an Elliott(Lucys car) lookalike!

Bumped into an Elliott(Lucys car) lookalike!

Arrived home to my wife-to-be dressed in a giant Rilakkuma costume

Arrived home to my wife-to-be dressed in a giant Rilakkuma costume

Oh my...

Oh my…

Big day tomorrow!!!!!!!!

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

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