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Simple Travels: Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto Japan

We started our Japan trip traveling to Kyoto to visit one of UNESCO’s World Heritage site – Kyomizu Temple. Enjoyed the cold weather which is a stark contrast to the heat in Manila before we left. Enjoyed the sights while walking to the Temple.

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Hello Kitty Hello Kitty! Pretty in Pink!
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Lovely handmade ceramics found in one of the small alleys going to the Temple

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Part of the Prulife contingent
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The main Buddha in the Kyomizu Temple
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Fried cuttlefish
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Japanese biscuits and souvenirs
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Mom resting after our Kyomizu Temple tour

Watch out for the rest of our Japan pictures.

 

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Simple Eats: Endo Sushi | Osaka

Having been swamped at work for months, I wasn’t able to do any research on what mom and I would actually be doing in Osaka for our 2 day extension. Good thing internet at the hotels where we stayed were great. The day before we were to transfer to Hotel New Otani, I surfed a little and found Endo Sushi recommended by Tabemasu. I initially wanted to visit Osaka’s wholesale fish market since I heard it is comparable to Tokyo’s Tsukiji market which I missed during my last visit to Japan a few years back. Unfortunately, we were definitely tired from the previous day’s activity so we ended out trying their Kyobashi branch.

I was intrigued by this little sushi-ya as Endo Sushi has been in existence for more than a hundred years (est. in 1907). How could you go wrong, right? If we wanted to try the most authentic and best sushi in Osaka, this restaurant would definitely be it.

Since we had a full day itinerary ahead, we decided to have our sushis for breakfast at their Kyobashi branch instead of their original location at the Osaka Wholesale Fish Market. We were out the hotel by 930AM and on the way to Kyobashi Station via train. We walked a little going to Keihan Shopping Mall where the Endo Sushi branch was located.
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The menus were all in Japanese though there were pictures for you to choose you order. We decided to sit in the bar counter to be able to clearly see the sushi master do his craft.

“Omakase, Onegai Shimasu!” Out came this sushi plate with 5 different varieties chosen by the sushi master. I ordered 2 orders each for mom and I. Especially loved the uni sushi and the toki sushi. Brush the tops of the sushi lightly with the brush dipped in shoyu. No need to ask for wasabi as the sushi master has put some already with your sushi. With how fresh the food is, there definitely is no need for wasabi.

This was my first plate –
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A close-up of the Uni Sushi –
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Mom all serious with her sushi plate –
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This is my second plate –
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You can order as much Omakase as you like. With 2 plates plus a few more pieces from my mom, I was full. Our total bill for 3 sushi plates was Y3150.00. Great price for great food!

DETAILS
Endo Sushi
5/F Keihan Shopping Mall, Kyobashi Station
Open hours: 11AM-10PM
Tel: 06-6352-5564

 

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Simple Travels: Osaka in Pictures

This is how the city looks like. Quiet. Peaceful. Pictures were taken enroute to Kyoto.
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We visited Kiyomizu-dera Temple today, one of the most popular temples in Kyoto and is a World Heritage site awarded by UNESCO. Will post pictures as soon as I get them processed. There’s tons of food pictures and must try stuff when you get here as well as an amazing view of the temple and the activities inside it.

We had a hearty lunch of ramen and tempura at Kyoto’s JR station where we were dropped off for some sightseeing and shopping.
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We then proceeded by bus to Heian Shrine, a Shinto shrine built in 1895 for the 1100th anniversary of the Heian capital foundation.
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Simple Travels: Ohayo!

Ohayo Gozaimasu! I’m now in Osaka with my mom courtesy of Prulife U.K. Just checked in at Imperial Hotel which feels more like an European hotel than the small cramped Japanese one. We just had a very filling Barbeque buffet dinner. Will post pictures as soon as we get back.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Simple Travels

 

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