It was a gloomy morning as we packed our bags and soaked in our last few hours in Osaka. We got lucky as there was only a light drizzle when we were dragging our luggage to train station.
We killed a couple of hours near Starbucks before we boarded our train and the ride itself was way shorter than we expected. It only took around 20 mins to get to Kyoto.
It was a quick train ride!
Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan. Famous for temples, gardens, shrines and traditional wooden houses.
Within 5 mins of walking in Kyoto, we already notice how different Kyoto is compared to Tokyo and Osaka. There were fewer high rises and the architecture is completely different.
Our first meal in Kyoto was at Katsukura Shijo Higashinotoin, which was a tonkatsu restaurant.
Tonkatsu: a Japanese dish, which consist of a breaded deep fried pork cutlet and often served with shredded cabbage.
We got the loin cutlet, along with yuba rolled seasonal vegetable cutlet and savory tofu.
First meal in Kyoto!
Our meal came with unlimited miso soup, rice, shredded cabbage and pickled vegetables! This was by far the best pork cutlet I ever had. I was surprised at how light the whole meal was. Usually I’m in a food coma after eating pork cutlet because of how heavy it is. I guess it might be the pickled vegetables and yuzu salad dressing that helped to negate the oiliness of the cutlet.
We explored Nishiki Market afterwards and it was very similar to Shinsaibashi but more narrow and more crowded.
Majority of shops sold mochi, honey, seafood and tea. These food stands were completely different compared the food we often saw in Osaka. Too bad we were too stuffed. We passed by a matcha shop, Sawawa and made room in our bellies for dessert.
Matcha icecream with matcha mochi.
We got the Okoicya & Warabi, which is thick matcha icecream and matcha mochi. It was creamy and refreshing, with a slight kick of bitterness. The mochi was the star of the icecream. It was so soft that it didn’t require much chewing at all. There was no line when I ordered the icecream but as I was taking a picture of it, there was a sudden influx of people lining up for icecream. You’re welcome Sawawa.
We spent the rest of our night browsing the rest of the market, which was way bigger than we expected. Outside of the market and on the Main Street, it felt like we were walking down Herald Square. We decided to end our night early as we have an early start the next day.