Spring in Japan is truly magical – especially in Kyoto!
We were very fortunate to witness the beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms, experience staying in a ryokan (Japanese traditional inn) and dine Kaiseki style. During our short 3 days there we also visited the Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine, Nijō Castle and the famous Nishiki market where locals go for their snacks and everyday grocery needs.
We stayed at Yamato ryokan – a quaint, petit and very clean traditional inn that is also well located. From the inn – Ponto-chō, Gion and Higashiyama are all within walking distance. For the two nights we stayed there, we experienced the Japanese traditional way of life: the wearing of yukata while at the inn, sleeping on futon on tatami mat, dining Kaiseki style dinner, curfew at 11PM and enjoying the ofuro facility after a long day of sight seeing and eating! It was one the most delightful experience we have ever done and highly recommend it!
It is very difficult to go through the aisle of Nishiki market without sampling most of the nicely displayed delicious looking food! My absolute favourite was this Kansai style Sakura mochi with Azuki paste filling, wrapped with pickled sakura leaf. Sensational flavours bomb!