Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okayama Ekimae
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... tea in a small tea house on Nakajima-no-shima Island that is a tiny island within a larger pond in the gardens. The hostess only takes 6 at a time at a cost of 800 yen each, which is expensive for a cup of tea, but you pay for the privilege of the experience. We were lucky as I met a young Japanese man and his girlfriend at the footbridge entry and he said "you have to try it, worth the 800 yen". We got his vacant spot. The hostess then closes the ...
... well south of Takayama. So some time for reflections.
Everything talks to you in Japan or makes a noise of some sort. The escalators, the lifts, the trains, the little machines the train cleaners push along the station, etc. They are particularly fond of a jingle. One plays just before a train departs or arrives at a train station which seems essential as so many people go to sleep on the train, it at least wakes ...
... Some of the trees were just starting to change
colour -I can only imagine what it will look like in a couple of weeks from
Saturday afternoon was spent with Maiko and her family. They
came to the hotel to pick us up and off we went to the top of Mt. Yashima. On
top of this mountain is the 83rd temple on the pilgrimage journey.
There was also views out to the Seto Inland Sea although it was a ...
We left our ryokan at 7am this morning and caught an early train from Nara to Kyoto. It was peak hour and by the time the train reached Kyoto it was jam packed. Lots of school kids. At Kyoto station we found a cafe selling a "toast set" and so that is what we ordered. Buttered toast arrived accompanied by a small salad with something fishy on top as well as a small dish of yoghurt, a jammy substance and something orange. We whipped out the ...
... on until we heard gun fire, and clapping. We realised that there was a demonstration taking place in front of the castle, with several people in costumes, firing various different types of guns. There was quite a crowd gathered, with film cameras and all sorts. We stood around the edge of the crowd for a while, but not being able to see very well, decided to move on and into the castle.
The castle was pretty but expensive. We headed up ...