Checkout of Hotel Ichiei and deposit my luggage at my 2nd hotel, First Cabin Capsule Hotel and my journey to Kyoto begins… Took the Midosuji Subway to Yodoyabashi Station and then the Keihan Railway to Gion Shijo Station…

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Pontocho, a narrow cobblestone street for eating and drinking along Kamo River…

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Lucky, saw a cute Maiko (young geisha)! But no geisha :(

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Lunch! JPY1780… the tofu egg soup with mushroom is marvellous!

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And received a bad news from the waiter… due to rain, Jidai Matsuri Festival is cancelled!!!

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Haiz… re-plan my itinerary to visit daytime Gion and Yasaka Shrine…

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Looming weather :(

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Yasaka Shrine…

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Pull the rope and ring the bell!

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Wakaii kimono gals!

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BBQ Dango (Sticky Rice Dumpling)! Combo sweet and salty taste… Yummy! At JPY120.

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To the next Japanese Festival in Kyoto… Kurama Fire Festival, whereby fires are lit at the entrances of every house in the Kurama town by the local children at 18:00 hours… Magnificent Sight! But first have to get pass the crowd… Squeezy train ride…

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And the heavy rain…

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Police condoning the area into a circle. The festival main event is held at one corner of the circle and we are supposed to walk around the circle and if you are LUCKY to be at that spot during 6pm, then you could see the event going on. Ingenious but they don’t know human are by nature greedy, if they see the festival starting, they will stop there and take photo and then it causes everyone behind them in the circle to get stuck and unable to see the festival… maybe they gonna rethink their strategy ba!

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OMG! Dirty my newly bought adidas shoes :(

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And the crowd+heavy rain again… then the festival starts! finally…

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End of festival… I’m drenched! and another cute gal on train hehe…

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Back to Pontocho for dinner… JPY3080… more x than lunch!

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Students partying along the river…

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Next… How to read the station train arrival timing… First train are divided into many different types: Local (普通), Rapid (快速), Express (急行), Limited Express (特急). But you only need to know the extreme two: Local (普通) and Limited Express (特急). Their main difference is Local Train stops at every stops and Limited Express Train only stop at major stations, hence is faster.

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On the display, it is divided into the hours on the left side and each square box represent a train which arrive at what minute is shown as the big two digit number. For example on the photo, the first train starts at 5:04am and ends at 12:23am. But keep in mind, not all trains are the same, including subways, so to be safe not to miss the last train, I remember the train timings as between 6+am – 10+pm. Or if you have internet, you can always check Hyperdia at http://www.hyperdia.com/en/.

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Back to my Capsule Hotel, checkin with the kirei staff, dressed like an air-stewardess. Cost JPY4200 per night for a bigger room. In fact, everything is good here… neat and clean but the worst thing is its very poor sound-proofing cos you can’t lock the door due to security reasons… my neighbours are so noisy lor… can’t sleep haiz… Anyway please lock your precious in the drawer underneath the bed for free… or if you have the $, you could rent a locker.

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And suddenly spotted this… a Video-On-Demand (VOD) vending machine… selling video… yep you got it… PORN! Hmm… ahem… of course out of curiosity, i flipped through the brochure, but i din buy ok! ;)

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For the inside photos, please email me guys! Wahahaha…