APA Hotel Kanazawa Ekimae
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... chain for 1080 yen, bit over $100.
Most at of the other buildings were restaurants or sold ceramics, glassware or food goods. Mostly high end, not the usual bric brac you see elsewhere at tourist spots. I love some of the ceramics, quite beautiful. You can evening buy soft serve ice creams with gold leaf topping!
We went back to the area we had seen geisha the night before, but there wasn't any ...
... beside remnants of an old moat adjoining the river. A lady had a traditional broom sweeping up all the leaves. It was late afternoon with only a handful of people around. I spied a couple of taxis pull up near the old houses and we were lucky to see 5 geisha girls leave to go to appointments. Tried to get a photo but not quick enough, but excited to actually see them.
We walked for hours through back streets and ended up back ...
... we decided to make today an "easy going day". We slept in, travelled by bike, did not fill the day with too many activities and we decided to finish with a massage. Willem went for the foot reflexology and i chose the full body care. We both came to the conclusion that these little Japanese ladies have very strong hands: the massage was half way between torture and heaven. It was fantastic ;) Now we're ready for Kyoto ...
Today we left Tokyo, with an extra piece of luggage as Tokyo has proven to be a shopping paradise ;) after a three hour trip with the shinkansen ( during which we also had breakfast, see pictures for new exciting foodstuff :)), we arrived in Kanazawa. I remember a Volkskrant article saying that "Kanazawa was like Tokyo before it became so big". What I understood by that was: quiet little town, not too many tourists, old style houses, ...
... Sannomaru Park, where the castle’s reflection is seen in a pond. Another site well worth visiting.
From there we walked to a couple of shrines: the Oyama Jinja Shrine, where there was a small ceremony in progress, and the Ozaki Jinja Shrine, where they appeared to be doing some archaeologic excavations. Both were small but were different in design and structure from each other.
That was our day. Not a long time on shore, but worth ...