Request for extra glass of water
Most of the water glasses of restaurants in Japan are small and tiny. I for one drink a lot of water so when I am at the restaurant I request for more water.
Most of the time the Japanese restaurants provide for tea, though. But there is nothing like drinking water after your meal as I am used to.
However, drinking tea is supposed to be good for your health so I just drank a lot of tea while I was there.
Drinking pop/soda is not the "in" thing in Japan. It is very unusual to sea diners ordering coke, sprite or other soda. The Japanese usually drink tea before their meals or after their meals.
The Gion Area is a nice place where one can see well-restored traditional Japanese architecture. Most of them are restaurants now. Nevertheless, their decor and traditional feel still attracted my attention to take a close look at them.
Cafe near the Gintakugi-temple
About ten kinds of handmade cakes are put on this cafe.
It is good for the set of coffee or tea to order.
Since it is an Italian dining room, a light meal can also be taken.
From the evening, it becomes pub and alcohol can also be drunk.
This cafe near the Ginkakuji temple is in along a philosophical way, and it is the inside of glazing, you can rest, While looking at the beautiful scene of a philosophical way.
It is also an open cafe, you can also be accompanied with your pet and carried out. A cake set, especially a Sachertorte with coffee are delicious.
Saihoji Temple (Kokedera/Moss Temple)
The temple is reported as founded during the Nara Period (710 - 794 A.D.) It was later restored in the 12th century. There is both the moss garden and a dry garden. There are supposed to be about 120 kinds of moss here!
The number of visitors is strictly limited to protect the moss underfoot.
The Perfect Garden
This Zen Garden is ment to be the best or perfect zen Garden in Japan. It is very quite and peaceful. Take a walk around the whole temple. To the one side there is an over hanging of trees and the moss underneath looks as soft as a mattress. Take your time and mediate if you know how.
Cost Y 500