The morning started off with a heated last-minute-running-on-the-platform-catching-the-traditional-mountain-route-train from Saga（嵯峨野） station. Once we successfully board the train, everything was peaceful and quiet, as if we stepped back in time.
Inspired by the train ride, we decided to go all “retro” with a horse carriage trip to the boat station.
A minor warning before you decide you go on the boat trip: if you’re all about health and safety, don’t take the boat.
It is a great 1 hour or so, bumpy, adventurous, and WET boat ride. The skillful boatmen would anchor with a huge bamboo stick, and take you around some of the most exhilarating river bends. Basically you need to put one hand on the rail, the other securing the water resistant cover over your laps, and the third and fourth hand to raise the camera occasionally to snap some pictures of the breathtaking views. You’ll manage.
Kyoto Sanjo（三条）is an area packed with little hidden gems behind the main streets. Beautiful architectures, cosy izakayas, restaurants, quaky shops, trendy boutiques…something equivalent to Covent Garden in London.
Printed blouse(sold out from Whistles)
You can never get bored walking around Sanjo.
Fashion boutique in a renovated traditional house.
Americano with a garden view.
I’m obsessed with this make-up brush display until today(might have dreamed about it a little too).
Sanjo Paul Smith tailoring in case I was missing a bit of London.
Two different worlds, 30 minutes away, within one city. That’s what Kyoto is all about.