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Kyoto- Geisha, Manga and more wrong turns
After our wonderful Ryokan experience we moved on to the town that had been the Imperial Capital of Japan for 1000 years, Kyoto.
Along with the compulsory temples we also took advantage of our time here to tick off some typical Japanese experiences. We spent one afternoon here …
In the morning, we drove to Kyoto in a sleek Mercedes wagon. Kyoto is the only major city that the allies did not bomb during World War II due to its historically regal and shogunate significance. The Kyoto region is famous for its shrines that many U.S. Presidents have visited including the Rokuon-ji Temple / the Golden Pavilion and the cluster of castles that are recognized as the World Heritage Sites. Wars were fought ...
We spent around 1 ½ hours in the Onsen, cleaning and warming ourselves up before we had to get back out into the cold.
In the evening while whilst eating, we watched as some young frustrated American boys ran around the hostel looking bored while their parents sat around planning which temples and shrines they were going to drag them around in the morning. We promised ourselves that when we have children we would think about holidays very ...
... walls, there were paintings in every room from the 17th century.
We took a bus over to the Golden pavillion, or kimakuri temple, which was really neat looking, with almost the entire top covered in gold that reflected off the pond below. Next, we hiked to the Ryoanji temple to see the infamous zen rock garden that is there. Some say it represents infinity...We then took a bus back to the ...
... a nice hike though and then hit the hot springs.
Now for pretty much everybody, visiting an onsen in Japan is a wonderful, relaxing experience. It can seem a bit daunting at first to get all the rules and customs down pat but it's just a matter of being prepared going in (bring a large towel to dry yourself after your shower and a small one that serves a few purposes including covering your privates, kind of, whilst in ...
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