11.11.2013 - 11.11.2013
This day was a tour around Kyoto by bike. We walked to the Kyoto Cycling Tour Project by Kyoto Station and met our guide Julie.
Our first stop was the Higashi Honganji temple where we’d stopped the day before and she explained its history to us.
After that we bought some mochi at one of her favorite shops and headed to the Heian-Jingu shrine that was built after the Meji Restoration (relatively new in terms of most of what we saw). There we took picture with tourists who’d rented costumes and chatted with our guide about anime.
We spent some time at the Kyoto Imperial Palace gardens enjoying the weather and taking a rest. We tried ate our mocha (good) and tried milk tea (ew) before heading back out and meeting some more tourists in costumes.
Julie dropped us off at a hotel near the Nishiki Market and we went and grabbed lunch at a hole in the wall sushi place she recommended. We spent most of the rest of the day shopping and then resting back at the hotel.