Hotel New Omi
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After the austerity of the Imperial Palace, today's visit to the Nijo Castle was a walk into a castle built on the grand scale, with displays of opulence and great beauty evident in every room. From the front gate onwards, you are aware that here lived someone of great wealth.
I know where I would have preferred to live!
The castle was originally built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu. It ...
... The area was nice and had a pagoda and a couple of temple buildings that we could go inside and even better not take our shoes off. It gets so tiring taking boots on and off especially with laces. The way back took up through a big shopping centre. I popped into the UNiqlo and bought some heat tech PJ pants that were on sale for 1300y. Dinner turned out to be pretty amazing. We discovered an underground tunnel leading all the way from our station to the B1 food court of ...
... for the millions of followers of the Jodo Shin-shu sect - the most populist and inclusive of all the Japanese sects. The temples are wooden with vast open halls, the floors lined with tatami mats and a small shrine. Much plainer than the temples of Thailand, Burma etc.
Kyoto station itself is an amazing structure of glass and steel. There are 15 stories above ground and several underground with a department ...
... be heard across the city. Wandered through Maruyama Park with a stop off for green tea ice cream cone (Yumm!) then through the streets of the old city towards Mt. Kiyomizu and the Kiyomizudera Temple for a great view of the city. We stopped along the way on this historic route trying to imagine what it must have been like in the days of Geisha's and warriors.
Before saying goodbye again I found a drug store where Masayo helped me to get the right ...
... looking very proud of her efforts she hands the chopsticks back to me, sits and looks at me, expectantly. Fantastic.
I'm glad she didn't understand English when I said "You're seriously going to sit there until I eat this, aren't you?", albeit with a smile on my face. So I took the horrible warm tofu with the horrible cold daikon sludge, and ate a piece. It is impossible to look like you are enjoying something this bad, and I must not have hid my ...