Smile Hotel Kyoto Shijo
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... train isn't cheap (£70 one way to Kyoto) but it is the most advanced train technology in the world, getting us from Tokyo to Kyoto, a distance of 513km in 2 hours 30 minutes. The seats are big with masses of leg room and they all face in the direction of travel. They can also swivel the seats 180 degrees, so if you're travelling with a group, you can face each other - how great is that. Shohei told me most people sleep on the train, ...
... and I was transfixed by the three triangular shapes on the nape of her neck. I looked down to regain my balance and step back onto the road and upon looking up again I only saw the flow of their kimonos dart into the doorway of a tea house. As they faded from my sight my heart beat slowed and I caught my breath. I had just encountered 400 years of history in the exact same location as the samurai and feudal lords of Japan's past. ...
... to make carbon pencils and black ink for their brushwork calligraphy. Many many years ago this allowed the beginning of the use of black sticks like pencils for art drawing in Japan. This is also called the 'wisteria shrine' due the presence of many of these trees. Wisteria is 'Fuji' in Japanese, and is part of the family name of the family that commissioned the building of this shrine. We could not get access to the actual shrine, but did present ourselves to the ...
There are many things about Tokyo that have left me astounded, but the biggest one would have to be what I've learned so far about faith. There are so many ways a person can place their trust in faith, and Tokyo has really opened my eyes to all of them. As a traveller in a country where English is rarely spoken (it's not completely out of daily life) it can be challenging to get through the day. I see many other travellers that have that look of frustration on their ...
... br> Tangentially, we were struck by the number of women in traditional kimono to be found in Kyoto – not a majority, but hard to walk more than a few minutes without encountering one. Takashimaya, the swanky department store in Kyoto, has a kimono section, which we peered into and then fled after getting a sense of the prices, although I guess we could sell the house.
On our last day we opted to store our bags at the train station, and ...