Hello Japan! Finally, we meet again. See, I told you I’d come back for you! Lol. This time, not only did I go to Tokyo but I also went to Kyoto, one of the famous cities in Japan. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto is more historic and ancient. I went there last month with my college besties and had so much fun. I never get to spend time with them like we used to when we were still in school because everyone went back to their respective provinces after graduation. The last time we had an out of town trips was probably four years ago so it was the perfect time to bond with them! First on our list: Nijo Castle. It’s a huge and beautiful castle with several gardens inside the compound. It’s one of the seventeen assets of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Cool, right? It was raining when we did the tour, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying! We still pushed through with the entire itinerary. Just be prepared to see a lot of photos with umbrellas in it. Lol. We still went to a lot of places after that (which you’ll see in my next posts), but after a long day of touring, we decided to spend the night at Ponto-cho, a Hanamachi district in Kyoto that’s known for a lot of traditional tea houses and bars. It’s similar to Gion wherein you’ll see a lot of traditional architecture and entertainment there. There are so many good shabu-shabu places there! It’s definitely a must-try when you go to Kyoto.