Kyoto Kokusai Hotel
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... of people waiting so we started to join the line and then realized that we needed to place our order at the vending machine before we waited. We were partly prepared for this experience thanks to some of the travel blogs that we had read before making it to Japan so we knew that the vending machine thing was pretty standard at ramen restaurants and thankfully this one was equipped with pictures and even a few words of English so we got our order placed without any ...
... fan of all the courses. The courses* are as follows:
*Note that we also had some wonderful sake.
1) Ginko beans with miso paste, served on an chestnut leaf over an open flame and eaten by hand-made chestnut branch chopsticks. This was the favorite of everybody by far.
2) Carp sashimi served with white miso and pumpkin
3) Japanese miniature potatoes with something delicious on them
4) The 'centerpiece'. A prawn, soy ...
... luggage and took a taxi to the Ryokan. The taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong spot but we were able to find the place after asking a few locals. This is basically a local's traditional home that is rented out to people. The administration office was a few blocks away so it took a bit to figure out how to get in. Once we were in, we turned on the air conditioning, put on the provided yukatas (house coats) and relaxed. We were going to try and see a bunch ...
... of samurai swords i wanted and then was shown into the little studio for a series of photos with a variety of traditional weaponry and command equipment. It was a hell of a lot of fun i must say :)
Some interesting facts - apparently it takes 2 years to make one set of armour. Good armour was so expensive that samurai would often take it over land if offered by the Shogun or Emperor. A lot of fights were settled without even any bloodshed - if one ...
... of the islands to the land surrounding the pond. The islands are all covered in moss too, It's a really strange environment.
We then headed for Jizo-in, which is a short walk away from Saiho-ji. The teple isn't impressive but it also has a moss garden and lots of bamboo.
When we were done at Jizo-in we caught a bus back to Kyoto Station and called it a day.