Waking up and realizing that you are not at home but in another country on a holiday is always a good feeling! My plan for today (after an amazing breakfast on the rooftop of the hotel) was to visit the Imperial Palace. You do need to go to the admission office before the tours start at 10am and 2pm in order to get a permission slip for entering the palace you also need to show identification and include your passport number on the form so be sure to bring that along!. Kyoto as some of you may know was the capital of Japan for 1000 years and it was only relocated to Tokyo around 125 years ago.
Other animals in the enclosure included a giant Hippo and a Elephant!!! (Which unfortunately again were both kept in very small pens – I was not impressed at all and I hope one day to do something about it.) Flamingos, Cranes, Giraffes, Zebras, Turtles and Meerkats were also to be seen.
After this I once journeyed back to around my hotel and decided to walk up and down the main shopping district. So many wild and wonderful things can be found in these Japanese shops. A absolute must is to go to the store names Takashimaya – this has the most exquisite jewellery that I have ever seen in any shop before (I am a precious Jewellery addict - rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, topaz, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold – you name it I love it! – much to my boyfriends dismay!!) all the pieces were also reasonably priced and I ended up purchasing a pair of earrings and a necklace… now I wish I bought more! (below are images of the jewellery pieces I purchased) The whole shop is gorgeous and the service that the staff give you alone is worth the purchase… no more feeling guilty after shopping ladies!!!. They also have a store in Singapore and Hong Kong so I will definitely be going back when I visit Singapore in a few months!
That night for dinner we had an amazing traditional Japanese hotpot..this consists of either having sashimi or very fine cuts of meat and dipping them into a hot pot of water and vegetables in front of you and cooking them for 30 seconds or so before eating them.. YUM!. photos below!!
I hope you enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for Kyoto day 3 post coming soon!!!!