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I spent two nights but one day on Osaka and I agree with most reviews left that one day is fine for Osaka or even a day trip.
Its super easy to get to from Kyoto using the JR and only takes 30 minutesYou can easily get the subway day pass for 800 jpy and go to each site. The Osaka castle is a must along with Tennoji Park.
Top of the morning to you! My bad, I just went straight to sleep last night. The excitement of patting owls was exhausting. No, that was not a euphemism. I actually got to PAT OWLS. But first... Morning was croissants and other sweets being consumed on the 3 hour bullet train. We bought boxes of lunch to keep us entertained which was fun. Bullet trains are very comfortable! I ...
... at the front gate, to grab our bags and show us to our room. Much like the Ryokan ( traditional Inn) we slept on futons on the floor and had low tables to kneel at, for tea. The temple grounds were perfect Zen gardens, full of waterfalls and fish ponds.
We laid about drinking green tea, listening to the rain and reading our books. Lots of people go there for relaxation and I can see why. We had to be in our room at 5.30pm on the dot as the Monks were bringing our dinner ...
... host mother organised for me to try on her 2nd anniversary kimono that she wore, put on by a sensei (teacher). It took 40 minutes to put on and boy was it hot! I had to wear the special socks...however they were boys ones because my feet were too big (haha). A few friends were over and they did my hair especially. After I finally had the kimono put on, we went to the high school where I teach and had many photos taken in a traditional garden with teachers and students watching! ...
... We were afforded some great views over the city at night. It was well worth doing and I'd highly recommend it. Probably not great if you're not good with heights.
I'm quite sad to be leaving Japan tomorrow. It really is a fantastic place and there's so much more to see and do. I'm sure we'll be back one day though. Tomorrow we fly to Beijing, where we're staying for 4 nights, so it's hard to be too downbeat.