Smile Hotel Otsuseta
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... Biwa (Japanese: 琵琶湖 ) is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, located in Shiga Prefecture (west-central Honshu), northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto. Because of its proximity to the ancient capital, references to Lake Biwa appear frequently in Japanese literature, particularly in poetry and in historical accounts of battles.
Our very inexpensive (cheapest of the trip) hotel was supposedly within 1 block of a train station ...
... is wooded so nice walking and not too hot. Reaching the to there was a siper view of other hills/mountains. I followed a trail 'over the top' to the village of Kibune. It was lovely walking through the woods - very peaceful. Kibune turned out to be full of high class restaurants with decks inches above the stream which ran down the valley. Very pretty and somewhat querky!
... them pretty well.
Satisfied with the amazing experiences, we headed back to Kyoto to meet up with my parents and head to find the Kyoto Handcraft Center, near Gion. With some trouble, we did eventually find it - and it was a pretty nice place. They sold all sorts of things: books about Japan, traditional Japanese goods (kimonos, chopsticks, tea sets, katanas, ...), some artwork including tapestries and paintings, clothing, and so forth. We bought some souvenirs, ...
... she was there for an hour just staring at it. I thought it must be amazing then. I pictured Angkor Wat When we arrived and parked our bikes up, we noticed it was really touristy. Way too touristy for my liking. The temple looked really nice because it was made out of gold, but I thought it was going to be bigger than what it was. Especially the way Ala spoke about it. I was nothing like Angkor Wat. None the less it was still really nice to look at. I managed to get some nice pictures ...
... The main river that runs through the center of town had clearly flooded the night before and the banks were overflowed with debris and mud. The following days we saw workers with skid steer loaders removing the mess.
Later in the evening I found the landrymat and did our mid-trip wash. The machine was actually pretty amazing: the soap was built-in and the washer/dry were combined. So you just had to put the clothes in, closed the door, insert $10, and press go.