There was some interest is going to the Bamboo Forest, so after we got to Kyoto station, we transferred lines and headed straight to Saga Arashiyama station (which is the closest JR station, and we wanted to use our rail passes). I was aiming for Tenryuji as a landmark to enter the bamboo forest based on some online blogs, but apparently you can only enter the bamboo forest from the temple by paying the entrance fee. It's 500yen. Otherwise, you have to go all the way back from where you essentially started and enter the forest that way. It was actually quite hot this day for some reason. It felt like it was in the 70sF when most of the trip had been in the low 50sF. Anyway, we decided to just pay the fee to enter and look around the temple since it was supposed to be part of the experience. (But if you want to only see the bamboo, have no interest in temples and don't want to pay anything, I would definitely suggest not bothering going the way we did.)
The blogs I read instructed us to go to the north exit of the temple to enter the bamboo forest. We were able to find it pretty easily, and it was the destination of most people there as well, so you can just follow the crowd. Omg it gets so crowded in there.
We decided to continue through the bamboo forest and out to get to the river and over to Togetsukyo Bridge.
When we got to Togetsukyo bridge, my bf and I decided to go back on our own. Everyone else was planning to go to the monkey park! My bf was initially supposed to go with them but it was too hot, and he didn't think it would be enjoyable for him because there was a hike involved to get there. Instead, he opted to come with me back to Kyoto station.
So, we didn't go to the monkey park, but here are some pictures that my parents took! -
Meanwhile, my boyfriend and I went on our own way from Togetsukyo Bridge and stopped to get some takoyaki on our way back to Saga Arashiyama station. Luckily, there were a lot of signs to help guide us back to the station.
I wanted to get to Kyoto station at the latest around 02:15pm, and leaving Arashiyama earlier than I anticipated left me with plenty of time. We arrived in Kyoto station at around 01:30pm and decided to eat lunch there since we were so early. It's a huge station so we didn't think we'd have too much of an issue. We thought we had lots of free time, and it would be simple and fast, but it turned out to be quite an ordeal wtf.
We were really taking our time and looking around the station, but then couldn't really figure out where we should eat. We ended up going all the way up to the 11th floor of the Isetan connected to Kyoto station (on escalators wtf which took awhile) only to find that most of the restaurants were not what we wanted to pay or eat or they had a line waiting outside, and by that time, we actually needed to just sit down and eat. We couldn't find anything suitable on the 11th floor, so we made our way back to the 10th floor which I had seen was supposed to be all ramen restaurants. My bf isn't super keen on ramen, so we had wanted to look for other opportunities first, but this is just where we ended up because although there were lines, ramen is usually fast to prepare and eat. We ended up waiting in line for about 20 minutes and didn't get seated and served until around 02:15pm wtf. By that time, Berri had already arrived at her hotel and settled in a bit earlier than I expected!
Unfortunately, the Liz Lisa VSOP (outlet) in Kyoto Avanti right near Kyoto station had closed just the month before in February, so we had no choice but to go to Kawaramachi OPA, about 15 minutes away by train with what is essentially 2 transfers and eating up most of our time! Thankfully, Berri was a super good sport and willing to just practically run everywhere with me lol.
|Haha omg I'm going to blame my messy hair on the fact that we were so hurried but posting this bc Berri looks so cute!|
Once back at Osaka station, we missed the hotel shuttle by literally like 1 minute, but we knew that would probably happen, so we planned to make sure we caught the next (04:30pm) shuttle so as to be sure not to be horribly f**ked. We did some last minute looking around and found a few things in a convenience store that we had bought in a grocery store before and hadn't seen since that my bf really wanted. So that was good. And then we still had about ten minutes until the next shuttle, but decided to just wait in line to make sure we got on it lol.
We arrived back at the hotel around 04:40pm and met up with the rest of the group who had finished with the monkey park, eaten lunch in Arashiyama and had come back to Osaka station for last minute looks before arriving back at the hotel around 15 minutes before us. If we had made it on the 04:15pm shuttle, we would have ridden it with them lol.
We got back and accounted for all of our luggage that we put on hold at the hotel and prepared for a long bus ride to the airport. It was extra long for us because the Westin Osaka is the first stop (which meant at least we knew we'd get to sit down with plenty of room for our things) and there were about 4 or 5 other stops in the immediate area around Osaka/Umeda stations before we headed out to the airport.
Because the shuttle arrived so early (compared to our flight time), we had plenty of time at the airport to check in, find our gate and settle in. My bf had a piece of oversize luggage (fishing rods) so that took a little while to figure out and then when we were going through security, my mom forgot she had her tweezers in her carry on wtf, but none of those things were a big deal because we really had some time to kill. I think we were the first ones at our gate.
|CLAIM ALL THE OUTLETS|
Meanwhile, the capybara ....
Our plane was supposed to leave at around 09:00pm, but since it arrived late, we didn't even start boarding until around 08:45pm (instead of 08:10pm), and left closer to around 09:30pm. The flight back home was quite quick compared to our flight to Tokyo. Maybe about an hour shorter. And even though we left late, the pilot got us back to Honolulu at the time we should have been there if we had left on time! A++++ :)
Because of the time difference between Hawaii and Japan, despite leaving Japan on March 28 at 09:30pm, we still arrived in Honolulu on March 28, right around 09:35am. (And this time the flight was actually at a good time so we left at night, slept on the plane, and then arrived when it was morning in HST.) Anyway, so technically the rest of this update is still on March 28, and that's why I'm including it even though it's not much lol.
So good to be home! I'm actually someone who doesn't really enjoy traveling for whatever reason. Coming home is usually the best part for me. And then I can look at all the stuff I bought lol.
Since I didn't want to nap for a long time and mess up my sleep schedule, I busied myself with wiping down/cleaning my luggage and then starting to unpack, doing laundry, (eating pizza) and taking pictures!
However...the lighting wasn't super good lol. Chances are you've seen some of these photos in all the previous individual day blog posts already, but here they are again all in one place! Lol.
|All the Liz Lisa. It was so hard to arrange this. Took practically like half an hour to decide on it lol.|
|Stationary purchased for my coworker|
|Ank Rouge set and novelty totes|
|LizMero roomwear set|
|Other miscellaneous things lol|
|AND MY MOM'S FOOD OMIYAGE HAUL OMG|
Thanks for reading!
Japan trip Spring 2015 posts
Part 1 - Pre-trip planning
Part 2a - March 21, Day 1: Liz Lisa Shibuya 109 Yui Kanno event
Part 2b - March 21, Day 1: Hawkeye Owl Cafe
Part 3 - March 22, Day 2: Kawatsura Strawberry Farm, Chiba, Shinjuku
Part 4 - March 23, Day 3: Tsukiji Fish Market, Yokohama, Machida
Part 5 - March 24, Day 4: Omiya, Ikebukuro, Takadanobaba, Asakusa & luggage forwarding
Part 6 - March 25, Day 5: Shibuya, Shinkansen & Osaka
Part 7 - March 26, Day 6: Tennoji MIO, Nara Deer Park
Part 8 - March 27, Day 7: Kobe (steak), Namba/Shinsaibashi & Keiko
Part 9 - March 28, Day 8: Kyoto, Berri & home
Part 10 - Hotels and Pupuru pocket wifi review
Part 11 - Liz Lisa shopping items/coordinates
Part 12 - Liz Lisa x My Melody 6th collab OPs and hand towel