The last day came to the tranquil stay at Suiran in Arashiyama.
The morning came sunny and bright, I felt difficult to say goodbye to what by then, had become my Kyoto “home” in my heart.
We took our last chance to try the Japanese style breakfast in Kyo, the restaurant at Suiran.
I wore: // Cashmere Crewneck Sweater(similar) from Uniqlo //
// Vintage Belt //
And I bought this cutest soft little wooly bag from Tomorrow Land
in Kyoto. Couldn’t find any link for it online, but here are some equally fluffy and soothing alternatives:
My breakfast starter came: squid salad, fish with ginger, mushroom with radish, and mizuna in sesame sauce.
No offence to western cooking, but I hardly find even dinner in Britain so sophisticated…
And this unrivalled view of the garden leading on to Arashiyama next to my tray of rice congee plus panfried sea bream, they were a perfect match.
Yam stew with bonito flakes.
After breakfast we went on a boat ride trying to soak in all the greatness of the beautiful landscape in that fabulous day.
Halfway through the 15 mins ride, a floating food stall came to us. And despite of the full on breakfast, nobody could resist buying a few drinks and snacks from the boat stall. Everything looked extra delicious there!
Find out about the types of different boat ride here.
Next we went to the neighbouring Tenryu-ji Temple
, which apparently was a major tourist spot in Kyoto. Prepared for squeezing amongst crowds, we decided to give it a visit.
The side garden was like a mini museum of Japanese plants.
Many of the buildings and garden scapes, well maintained indeed, were set out more than 500 years ago. It is amazing how vibrant and well looked after it still feels like today.
I’ve always been a admirer of Zen gardens.
The water, arrangement of stones, trees and fishes altogether creates their own little zen world that’s not disturbed even by…
But I quite enjoyed people/fashion watching anyways.
After getting back to the hotel, I had a moment of calm with a matcha latte, and said goodbye to the beautiful Arashiyama in front of me.