After seeing temples and shrines all day around Kyoto, I checked out Gion, which is Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district. I didn’t actually go to any restaurants or teahouses with geisha (or geiko in the local dialect) though.
The downtown areas of Kyoto aren’t busy like Shibuya or Shinjuku, with Kyoto being the sixth most populated city in Japan. Still, there are people everywhere even during a weeknight.
We ate at an udon noodle (うどんぬど) restaurant where you stand in line and tell them which kind you want and what to add to it. Mine came with soft boiled egg and you could also choose any tempura you wanted, so I got shrimp. This was one of my least favorite meals in Japan, not that I had any other bad ones. I don’t think the restaurant was bad, especially considering it was packed, I had just never had udon and didn’t especially like the flavor. I’ll stick with ramen in the future.
Lastly here is a picture of a model of a tiger about to maul a small boy. I have no idea why this tiger was in this window display aside from “it’s Japan” but it was at a hat shop.
I spent one more day in Kyoto with part of my day taking a quick trip to Osaka. I did manage to see two more temples though, so expect more from Kyoto soon.