Hotel Okura Kobe
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... you are looking at. Let's just put this out there because I fear I am starting sound repetitive , unless indicated otherwise everything we look at is only described in Japanese! After the brewery and Sake tasting, oh yes at the end of the tour we did get to taste about 6 different types of sake....why else would we do the tour? It's an acquired taste but ok. Back on the ship for lunch and regroup before heading into the city precinct on the shuttle ...
... like a whole day ordeal to wash and dry it. Nat hurried through the door - STARVING and took me into town for our fav choice. sushi train. Nat took me to an EPIC sushi train. There were two massive sushi trains within the place and booths surrounded either side of the train. You could take what ever you wanted from the sushi train but could also order from a screen on your table. We took advantage of both options. Each plate comes with two sushis and it turned out that ...
... of their eating experience.
While walking back
to the train platform, I made a hand gesture allowing a Japanese woman to board
the crowded escalator ahead of me. She
smiled and said something to me in English.
Victor jumped in and spoke Japanese while she spoke English. As it turns out, she is married to a man from
St, Louis, Missouri (my home town) and had been there many times. Go figure.
... to the first event of the day - the Byodoin shrine in Uji - which is about 20 mins outside of Kyoto.
This shrine was brought to our attention not because it is incredibly old and famous and a United Nations World heritage site....but because Joe found a photo of Tom Selleck as Magnum PI trying to catch baddies in front of it!
This was originally founded in 1052 - so it really is super bloody old. The gardens around ...
... this huge bridge with a spaghetti junction road network around it. We were also just across the bay from Universal Studios. And of course there were cherry blossoms everywhere. Any Japanese people we have spoken to, even casually, have asked us what we think about the cherry blossom. They really love them.
We were feeling confident about finding our way round without David so decided to head into the city centre and see if we could find Starbucks, the ...