Japan Day 10, Part 1: In which we end up right back where we started

Our first whole day in Kyoto was such a jam-packed day that I’m splitting it into three posts. Looking back, I can hardly believe we managed to fit so much into one day… and yet can now totally understand why I was so sore I could barely move that night.

Kyoto street

We started the morning off walking to Kyoto station from our hotel.

Curry pan

We stopped by a tiny hole-in-the-wall bakery to buy a curry pan, which unfortunately was one of the few not-so-good things we ate on the entire trip.

Kyoto street

Kyoto alley

River in Kyoto

Kyoto street

Kyoto street

Smaller river in Kyoto

We managed to find our way to Kyoto Station, and then spent the next ten minutes trying to figure out where we wanted to go.

View of Kyoto Tower between two maps

We were looking for a park, somewhere that we could sit and eat the onigiri we had bought at Family Mart earlier that morning, and take some time to relax after the hectic week in Tokyo.


All we found were temples… and somehow it felt like it would be a little weird to go to a temple just to sit, eat, and read.

Allison looking at a map

So instead we went to Mister Donut.

Donuts at Mr. Donut

Mister Donut (along with Bassanova and Beard Papa’s) are one of our must-visit places when we go to Japan. We had already gone once in Akihabara, on our third day in Tokyo. But obviously, once was not enough.

Chocolate pon de ring doughnut

We got a chocolate pon de ring doughnut, and a ginger doughnut (which was one of their summer specials – they had a huge ginger promotion going on while we were there.) The chocolate was good, but the ginger was better. A nice strong ginger flavor, with a delicious white chocolate frosting.

Ginger doughnut


We also had a bottle of mugicha and a tamago onigiri that we had bought at Family Mart earlier that morning.

Tamago onigiri wrapper

Tamago onigiri

Display for the upcoming Tanabata festival

Mister Donut

After we ate, we were all ready to head out… and then we realized that someone (*cough* me *cough*) had forgotten their JR Pass at the hotel. Oops. Guess we weren’t going anywhere after all.


Instead, we explored the train station, and wandered around the food mall downstairs.

Pastry shop

Tsukemono shop

Mochi shop

We love these food malls (you may remember we were kind of obsessed with the one in Ueno station while we were in Tokyo), because they always have so many delicious things to buy!

Mochi shop

Godiva shop

Grocery store cashier

Fried foods shop


Potatoes and pork

Maki sushi

Maki sushi and inari-zushi

Maki sushi

Inari zushi


Bento shop

Inari sushi shop

Yakitori shop

Yakitori shop


Salad shop

Taiyaki shop

Worker flipping taiyaki

Tempura shop

Meat shop

Pastry shop

Confectionary shop

Cake shop

Chocolate pudding cups

Son is kind of obsessed with creme bruleé, so we bought one at a fancy dessert shop.

Fruit cups

Confectionary shop

Mochi shop


Confectionary shop

Purse shop

Kyoto tower

Creme brulee box

We headed back out of the station, and sat on a ledge to eat the creme bruleé.

Shattering creme brulee

It was just as good as it looked. It shattered perfectly, and the custard was creamy and smooth. One of the better creme bruleés we’ve had.

Creme brulee

A building near Kyoto Station

… and then we got to walk back to our hotel.


It was a very hot day, so we took a little break and ate onirigi and a bag of chips, before heading off to our next adventure…

11 thoughts on “Japan Day 10, Part 1: In which we end up right back where we started”

  1. A_Boleyn -

    So MUCH food … and it’s all new and fascinating. I’d love to go to Japan but I think I’d need a ‘native guide’ to tell me what everything is. 🙂

  2. Irene -

    Mister Donuts! Mister Donuts! It’s my favorite. I could eat a number of them in one seating.

    Your trip looks so fun. I would love to go to Japan one day. So much delicious food…and so pretty to look at as well.

  3. Mia -

    Greetings from Finland!

    Oh I just can’t wait! Me and my hubby are heading to Tokyo (4 weeks at March), and looking your pictures is like heaven to me right now! We love the food also. We love Japan =)

  4. Valentina -

    I was lured here from the Tamago picture — that’s what I call comfort food sushi. All of the images are gorgeous — wish I could be in Japan, eating! And eating! 😉