*This is quite a long post so if you just want to see the time lapse, scroll all the way down or click here. Always in HD!
When you’ve been living in a city pocket for a reasonable amount of time, there’s always going to be this longing to go somewhere else. Somewhere far. This is what I have been feeling lately.
About a couple of weeks ago, my good friend Michael and his wife invited the group to his new place in Mukaijima. However, we weren’t able to go last week due to unforeseen school events. Yesterday was a fantastic day and we were all able to go.
Mukaijima is very accessible from the center of Kyoto. From Karasuma-Imadegawa, we just took the subway and went all the way south and hopped off at Takeda to switch trains (Kintetsu). From Kyoto station, you can just use the Karasuma line and head south (there are many alternate routes). Ticket should set you back 500 Yen and about 45 minutes to get there.
Prior to heading there, I had trouble finding any bit of information about what to see and what to do. Good thing I knew someone there!
My first impression upon going down the train station was the abundance of apartment buildings and the endless rows of fields. It was very different from Kyoto (city center). But this is still part of Kyoto nonetheless.
Roads were wider and cars dominated the streets. Mukaijima Park was really nice and clean. I found it hard to imagine that there was a cleaner place than central Kyoto. Air quality is even better. Another surprising thing about this place was children. There were so many! Maybe because this part of the city was more family-oriented. Rent was a cheaper too, especially if you want to raise a family in a bigger place. Supermarkets had better selection too.
We were able to go the Gakusei (Student) Center where my friend lived. They made nabe (hot pot) for lunch and had some booze to spike the conversation. For dinner, we made some freestyle sushi out of pickles, egg, sausage, and cucumber. The combo was weird but it was delicious!
We got quite drunk due to the great bottle of sake that Michael had. I think I got too drunk and lost my phone when we were chilling by Uji River. BUT, we went back and found it (also chilling by the river). Nothing gets lost here. Except bikes and umbrellas!
It offers a different feel compared to the central Kyoto. It is more laid-back and will nag you to sit outside, drink a beer or two, and feel the breeze. Uji and Momoyama are also very accessible. These are places famous for authentic Japanese tea and shrines.
WHEW! I hope I didn’t bore you with that long post.
Thanks again, Michael and the wife for hosting! Until next time!
*Nico Rosberg had a great race in China. Things are looking good for Mercedes this season.
Every week I make it a point to go hiking here in Kyoto, well, because I can! The city is surrounded by mountains and one of them is fairly accessibly by bike.
Daimonjiyama is just a 20-minute bike ride from Kyoto station or you can take a bus that will take you to Ginkakuji temple. Once you get to the front of Ginkakuji, make a left and then turn right on the first street. Follow your way up a steep hill and make a right on the first road you see. This will lead you to the trail.
It will take you about 30 minutes to get to the top, depending on your conditioning. Better strap on some hiking boots and pack some water.
Getting to the top just gives you an awesome view of the entire city! It’s all free by the way!
I redid my video today! Hope this can guide you on how to get to the top!