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Travel Blogs from Kyoto
Letters Home from Japan
Today began gray,
misty and cool. The streets shined like
it had rained overnight. We got a later
start today than usual, probably because we toured so hard yesterday. As I waited outside for my tour guide, I
heard an ice cream truck approaching, playing that happy, …
... Another issue is the low ceiling and I banged my head to it already twice. The location is central, so in the absence of wi-fi in my room I went for shopping instead and saw the Gion festival with streets packed with festival people. Many Japanese walk in their best traditional outfit in yukata and geta (wooden shoes).
15.7. Back to Nashinoki Ryokan. I have to say I love this place ...
Today was less focused than yesterday as we travelled all over the city. We started in the south, moved north and then went to the far northwest corner of the city. Our JR pass came in handy for the first trip, and we bought a ¥500 unlimited bus pass for the rest. The transit travel may be less scenic than waking, but it was another hot day so being on a bus beat walking in the hot sun! We started the day at Fushimi Inari shrine. It is famous ...
... distant shrine through the snow was difficult to disrupt, as much as the tourists vying for the perfect photo spots tried.
We walked around the lake and explored the gardens, but the Pavilion was the main attraction. Hannah and I went back round again to see it.
Learning from yesterday, we opted out for the twenty minute walk to the next temple and instead used our bus passes to ride a few stops south to Ryoan-Ji ...
... river bank - it was as if they were waiting for something to happen. A couple of teenage boys said “Hello” to us but when I asked them what was happening it was beyond their vocabulary - so we’ve no idea! We found a little restaurant on the way back to the hotel which had an English translation of its menu so we ate there - however we were the only tourists and the staff didn’t speak English so it was an interesting ...