Hotel Nikko Himeji
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Today we woke up and listened to the creek through the screen door on the porch. The five of us took a short walk along the road admiring the beauty of the mountains and trees, then packed up our belongings. But before we left, we had another meal to enjoy.
The first course had tofu in a soy sauce 'jello' (it was thicker than I expected), Japanese omelet, and some pickled vegetables. Next was miso soup ...
... trip so paid a small
entrance fee and got to walk around the grounds and learn a little bit
of the history of the castle. The saving grace was that bolted next to
the castle was the Koko-en gardens - which was several Japanese gardens,
with Koi ponds, stone bridges... very picturesque. We saw some of the
biggest Koi ever - probably bigger then one metre long! We had some
lunch and then headed back to the Hostel as still had colds lurking in
... into a shallow pool. There are several such pools and the kids must catch the fish by hand. All of the kids who did this had a great time. When they had played in the water for long enough the fish were taken and a skewer was shoved from the fish's mouth through it's tail. It was then grilled and, when cooked, eaten, so that in the end all that remained was a fish skeleton dangling off of a skewer, held on only by the head.
After Yoderu we went to another ...
... eventually sorted out somewhere to stay near Ueno Station, ready for a quick getaway next Saturday, it was time for blogging and then bed. It's worth mentioning, that once again we were able to get rooms cheaper by booking direct with the hotel than through HostelWorld.
Tomorrow's our last day staying in Osaka, which I must admit has grown on us in it's own funny way, and we're thinking about another day trip, to Kyoto this time. More of which tomorrow folks.
... the interior. The walkways were really narrow and the staircases evern narrower (and steep). Plus, we had to remove our shoes so it was cold on my feet too! We basically spent 45 minutes shuffling in a big endless spiral up seven or so floors and, once we eventually reached the top, saw the most unimpressive shrine: it just looked like a small canopy. The views of Kyoto were pretty ugly, so we just came straight down. David was in the mood for sushi again so we went for ...