Odds and ends

It’s the last few memories of Kyoto now before we head onto our final destination.

We check out the atmospheric bamboo forests in Arashiyama. The light is fading so it adds a slightly gloomy feel to the eerie, empty forest.

20161012_170515The bamboo forest paths which are over 500 meters long are set between Tenryuji temple and Nonomiya Shrine.

Then we enjoy the kimono forest again as the colourful pillars light up as darkness approaches.

Plus we enjoy a foot spa, slap bang in the middle of the train station platform!


Before heading back for our final night in Kyoto. We still enjoy Japanese public transport.


On our final evening we have another drift around Kyoto enjoying some of the quirky signs and adverts.

Particularly enjoy this colourful spectacle outside a traditional (ish) restaurant!


Now our epic trip rumbles onto its final stop – Osaka! . .. so nearly the end 😦

Tiny Takayama treats

I can’t seem to drag myself away from reminiscing about Takayama. This tiny town really captured our hearts!

So this post is just a random collection of things that caught my eye around the town.

From cutesy posters to tiny food stalls, everything is just so novel to us Westerners!

I love the overly designed packaging on everything. The garish colours and relentless cuteness of every product just melts my heart!

Below are some adorable little chocolate balls packaged as Geishas and kitties.

Takayama has some nice morning markets. One is held in front of the Takayama Jinya, and the other at the Miyagawa River side.

At the Miyagawa market, sixty shops and stalls are open in approximately 350 meters from Kaji bashi Bridge to Yayoi bashi Bridge along the Miyagawa River in the center of the town.

The stalls on river side sell vegetables, fruits, pickles and spices while shops on the other side sell Japanese sweets and crafts.

Some shops sell Japanese souvenirs such as chopsticks and small items in addition to Takayama local souvenirs including sarubobo dolls and Ichii Itto-bori wooden carvings.

Neil cosies up to another Sarubobo and I snap some zany advertisements.

There appears to be a cardbaord cutout that I have not forced him to stick his head through – quickly rectified!

And here are a few quirky crafts to enjoy before we head onto the Hida folk museum for dressing up shenanigans . . .