Travel Thoughts: A Slight Misadventure in Kyoto


Waiting for the bus at Kyoto Station
Waiting for the bus at Kyoto Station
On the bus we go!
On the bus we go!

After our little stop over at Estacion Café, our energy was replenished and it was time to move on to the next destination which was supposed Nijo Castle and than Nishiki Market, which is a traditional food market in the city. However, by the time we were done resting it was almost time 4pm which made it impossible to visit Nijo Castle as it closes at around 5pm and the last admission is 4pm. 😞

At least we made it to take a few photos of the castle from the outside. 😂

 Nijo Castle
Parking lot area
 Nijo Castle
The signboard - there was some restoration works ongoing at the time, hence the scaffolding.
 Nijo Castle
The closed ticket office
 Nijo Castle
Some write-up
 Nijo Castle
View of Nijo Castle from the outside

Having 'seen' Nijo Castle, we tried to make our way to the Nishiki Market. However, while on our way to Nishiki Market, we kind of got lost. M was slightly disorientated, insisting that the Nishiki Market was Teramachi Street (it also didn't help that my sense of direction fails me at times). Hence, we ended up once again at the Gion area; this time Shinkyogoku Street. Not that I am complaining. It was also here that we stumbled upon a really cool place for dinner that night!

[Read more about our dinner experience at Tagoto - 田ごと here]

Although we did not get to visit the castle or the traditional market that day, we still managed to explore and enjoy ourselves at another corner of Kyoto. This is one of the reasons why I like free and easy travel, and having a somewhat ‘flexible’ itinerary. It allows you to explore the area at your own pace and adds a little sense of adventure without that feeling of being too constrained for time and having to rush all over the place just to have 'seen that been there'.

When your itinerary is 'flexible', and you are not hard pressed about having to go to a place on a certain day or risk tipping the ‘balance’ if you don’t, it is so much more fun and relaxing exploring at your own pace. Venues can be interchanged between days (e.g. how we changed the venue when we got lost and also when we were in Tokyo going to DisneySea on a different day than originally planned) according to the situation, weather changes etc…




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