APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
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So we have been having a great time in Kyoto! There are so many amazing things in this great city. On our first full day here, we decided to go to Arashiyama, which is a beautiful mountain area with old temples and gardens and beautiful places to walk.the streets are lined with beautiful souvenir shops and restaurants. We had awesome udon noodles …
Again we booked into an hotel close to the Rail station – the APA Hotel. Kyoto Station is recently built and is something to behold – a magnificent structure albeit quite cold the day we arrived and difficult to spend time admiring the architecture whilst you freeze to death. Found the APA Hotel – it was as we were …
... in kanji (Japanese characters that we think of as calligraphy). It was really hard to do, but very relaxing.
Speaking of super relaxing, we visited a Zen rock garden called Ryoan-ji. There were fifteen large stones surrounded by many smaller stones and pebbles that had been raked in designs around the larger stones. We had to take off our shoes to enter the traditional building and we sat on the floor looking out over the garden. For a long, long time. ...
... of the city, there are deer symbol and statues everywhere. We have even seen one deer eating a piece of paper stolen from one of the tourists, these are very hungry deer indeed! Deer crackers are for sale
around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors asking to
be fed, but not necessary like to be touched - they just want food!
From there we have entered into Todaji temple, one of Japan's most famous with 15 meter tall bronze Buddha statue. ...
... at the end! Your also not allowed to wear shoes inside any buildings except cafe's and none traditional restaurants, your given slippers and a shelf to leave your shoes on (unfortunately the Japanese don't cater to Joe's foot size).
We walked to a recommended Japanese 'old school' diner bar and had some gorgeous rice dishes with beef and veg before walking the short distance to Toji Temple. This is the largest 5 story pagoda in Japan; again the grounds ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
A little small, but very comfortable and clean
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