Kyoto Guesthouse Roujiya
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... our way down the mountain, through some quiet neighbourhoods, past several more temples and to Maruyama Park, still lively with festival stalls and school kids doing hanami in a noisy manner. I tried a grilled squid from one of the stalls, it was rather rubbery, but interesting. Then we walked through Yasaka Shrine to Gion district, where we hung around Hanami-koji street, but did not see ...
... At the back are the tombs of the master and his wife as well as the one of Izuno no Okuni, the founder of kabuki (traditional Japanese theatre). The temple itself is rather small but finely decorated with some exquisite paintings.
Oubai-in was built in 1562 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (who was military governor of Kyoto) for its master, Lord Oda Nobunaga. It was first built has a small hermitage. After the death of Oda, Toyotomi rebuilt the gate and the main ...
... the closest Yayoiken restaurant. These restaurants, which appear to be some kind of franchise or chain, exist in multiple locations that we've found across Kyoto (and probably elsewhere in Japan). There is one next door to the Gimmond Hotel which we became very familiar with during our first trip to Kyoto in 2008.
Yayoiken delivers consistently superb food, at stupidly cheap prices. Customers enter the restaurant, ...
... us two hours to get to the right station, get our Japan rail tickets validated ( clever Mark bought these is the UK), walk with our ruck sacks on, me in particular, as I am still getting used to carrying it and to grab some lunch. Everything takes a lot longer here! Whilst waiting for Mark, he's the finder and I wait with the bags, I decide Japanese kids are very cute, especially when they are in school uniform.
We board ...
... check in, we found a mini fridge under the closet! Rather than paying for toast and not-so-great coffee every morning, we picked up some basic breakfast foods - bread, PB & J, apple juice, yogurt and bananas - and we can make up a tasty meal, with the green tea provided, every day. It's almost self-catering. If we really wanted to go cheap, we could've bought a bunch of noodle cups and used hot water from the kettle in our room, but I think ...