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... figs. We walked to Hijo castle but as it was now dusk the castle had closed. We spent the next half an hour dithering and wondering about how to get to our next destination, Gion. We couldn't work out which bus to catch and we were all getting tired. In the end we jumped in a cab and it worked out to be 800 yen, about 80 yen cheaper than the bus would have been! Gion is the traditional Geisha area of Kyoto (Kyoto being the geisha capital ...
... and one of the most crowded. It would be nice to visit one that was less busy. -M Wednesday, April 17th Strolling garden at Hikone Castle Today (Wednesday), we visited a large and relatively unchanged castle close to the giant Lake Biwa. The castle was built to be entirely defensive, with huge, sloped walls, a hilltop that it resided upon, a mote, and many other features that made it easier to defend and harder to attack. After an hour or so, we left the castle (while still staying ...
... away as they often become aggressive to
tourists. We stayed here quite a while
enjoying the antics of the monkeys and the view of Kyoto as the hazy sunset began.
As we walked back
through the little town toward the train station, I saw a drinking fountain and
decided to get refreshed. I sure
did. As I turned the handle, the water
shot 12 feet straight up, some splashing my head. There were two ...
... On our way out of the customs area, I must have been looking suspicious, and was grabbed by a really friendly guy for a random baggage explosive detection test. He swabbed my baggage and clothes before declaring me a non-terrorist and bidding us farewell.
Forced to wait until 2 hours before check-in, we checked our baggage for the connecting flight to Sydney. After some searching I found the surprisingly well camouflaged Jetstar Gold ...
But for dinner, I crossed the street and sat down in a very small place with a counter overlooking the cooking area(they cooked on charcoal) the free kitchen area measuring maybe 1 meter by 6. The restaurant was filled with locals and me.. I ate little fish, the best tofu ever, and a drank a small jar of Sake. They would not accept a tip from me. I don't know how they felt about it, but it was the best for ...