We are safely home in Kuala Lumpur after a great week and a bit in Japan. Our last few days were in Kyoto which, as everyone knows, is a beautiful city in Spring with its famous Cherry Blossoms but it is also just as beautiful in winter.
In Kyoto we found there were many small Budda Temples at the end of most lane ways…
Christmas Eve we walked around the Gian District – the main entertainment area.
Christmas is Kyoto was a surprise as the locals were really into it. The difference was that there was nothing on the religious side, so no Nativity Scenes etc. But rather it was all about spending time with family and exchanging presents – so Santa and Christmas Trees were all the go. Christmas day there were many people dressed up in Santa Suits wishing us Merry Christmas as we explored.
Kyoto Station was spectacular with its very large Christmas Tree and people singing carols sitting on the steps.
As we were travelling the girls were only allowed mini-stockings…so only small surprises for them on Christmas Day.
The Nishiki Market in middle of Kyoto is a must see.
Some of the largest and fleshiest Chestnuts we have had
A crepe layer style cake – cooked as long roll on bar (left) and then sliced (right)
Our last night in Kyoto we found this great little Teppanyaki Style restaurant. The regulars kept wishing us Merry Christmas and the cook was a real character.