Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Last Night In Kyoto and Dinner In Hotel Room ^^

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As it is the last night in Kyoto, we decide to buy food from supermarkets and eat in our hotel room. And we manage to pack our luggage and bath before settling down for dinner. It is a wonderful and relax dinner and I really do enjoy times like that. Eating dinner on the bed and chatting / gossiping about everything under the sky. πŸ™‚

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Look at the spread! Lol!

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Service in Japan never disappoint but exceeds expectation! Ice packs for our sushi and bento to keep these sashimi fresh even after we return to hotel, pack and bath then eat. Seriously, I am impressed!

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Salads in Japan are so fresh and yummy. Especially their sauces! πŸ˜€

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The black ‘seaweed like’ thing on the left is really good! Fried chicken on the right.

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Grilled duck on the most left is so tender and delicious! All the grilled stuffs (Yakitori), especially hearts the chicken skin. Tried Chicken Soft Bone but is so-so. πŸ˜›

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Siew-Mai in Japan is really different from Singapore. Nice if don’t compare, haha!

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Mushroom, squid and prawn salad. So fresh and good. Love the taste of this. πŸ™‚

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Dessert. Red Bean Pancake is average. The waffles are leftover from afternoon but still taste so good in the evening! πŸ˜€

We are leaving Kyoto the next dayΒ for Tokyo. A short 4 days in Kyoto but a memorable and happy one. I love Kyoto’s culture and friendly people. Kyoto, okini!! I will come back again soon~~~ ^^

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Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Gion and Yummy Izakaya Dinner @ Kyoto Station :)

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We take Bus No. 100 from Ginkakuji-Mae Bus Stop (which is just located along the road from Ginkakuji to main road) to Gion. Gion is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west.

Overall, Gion has too huge a crowd in the evening and also has lots of high-end souvenir shops and restaurants.Β We roam over 2 streets, take photos with this cute Hello Kitty and we start to feel bored. We did not see any geisha or maiko too. πŸ˜›

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Feeling hungry, we decide to take Bus No. 100 from Gion Bus Stop (where we alight just now) back to Kyoto Station. It is a mistake to wear my jacket onto the sardine packed bus with heater on full blast. I am nearly fainting and sweating by the time I reach Kyoto Station. >.<

We settle down at this traditional Izakaya located within Kyoto Station, nearer to the Hachiko Exit side. We order many dishes and I remember the bill coming up to around S$60++ which I find it quite reasonable.

Of cos, beers are not to be missed when having dinner at Izakaya! Yummy! Even though I turn super red and feeling hot after just downing half of it. Hur.

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We are lucky to get a huge table enough for 6 and also a tatami seat! How nice and authentic to eat at such a Izakaya! Totally loving the experience!

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Complimentary dish. It’s some chicken meat with a greyish like jelly and bamboo shoots. Quite nice! πŸ™‚

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Super smooth Tofu with a little of Soya Sauce. Great appetizer.

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Silver fishes with Radish Paste. After adding in soya sauce, it makes quite a good appetizer too.

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This is Raw Yam with Seaweed Slices. Erm cos it does not says raw yam in the menu, but just says yam, and I thought it’s steamed or fried yam. Raw yam is a unique taste and we don’t like it.

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To the main dishes. Grilled Chicken Butt with Sprinkled Salt. Delicious!

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Fry Chicken Lung with Butter. Buttery and crunchy good, I would say. A different way to eat Chicken Lung. Thumbs up!

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Chicken Stew! Great stew to a perfect state with a light yet flavourful base. Oh and the chicken meat are so very tender!

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Grilled Chicken Wings with Sprinkled Salt. Super yummy! The chicken skin is grilled to crispiness while the meat is tenderly good!

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Guess what is this? Grilled Chicken Liver with Yakitori Sauce! Chicken liver is so much nicer than Pig Liver or maybe it’s cos the way this Chicken Liver is done makes it great? Not too raw but not over-cooked, just on the dot. Super good. πŸ˜€

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Miscellaneous Yakitori. From the left, Grilled Chicken Meat with Minty Leaf, Grilled Chicken Lung, Grilled Chicken Meat with Onion, all sprinkled in salt. Yummy much too!

I highly recommend this Izakaya and I will definitely return if I am in Kyoto. I regret not taking note of the Izakaya’s name though but it’s easy to find as it’s most of the time fully packed. We waited for quite a while before getting a seat too. Oh and ask for the English menu too. πŸ™‚