Hotel Southern Village

512 Hiratacho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Kinki, 522-0041, Japan | Hotel
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This hotel is located on 512 Hiratacho, Hikone.
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    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from Hikone

    Castles, shrines and lots of walking.

    A travel blog entry by steveandtam on Dec 26, 2012


    ... out the sites. We went back to our washing (twice) only to find that they weren't yet dry!! We plugged another $4 in each machine and decided to go look at Nijo Castle. We walked for kilometers in the freezing cold - then it started snowing!! We finally got to the castle and were so excited, only to see a closed sign :(. Turns out today was the first day that it was shut for the next week. We were both incredibly dissappointed, and now the boy reckons that he isn't going ...

    Onward bound to Kyoto!

    A travel blog entry by steveandtam on Dec 25, 2012

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    ... train with about two minutes to spare. The ride took just over 40 minutes and was incredibly smooth. We arrived at Kyoto station and after asking one of the station staff the best way to get to our hotel. She suggested a city bus. We lined up waiting for the bus in the freezing cold for about 20 minutes and were lucky enough to get a seat and we hauled our luggage on beside us. This bus was crammed - and then they kept stopping as we went along ...

    Letters Home - Japan - Day 2

    A travel blog entry by crashvic37 on Apr 22, 2012


    ... selected, a little toy train would chug down the track and stop at your table and beep until the food was removed. The used plates were slid into a slot in the wall. As a plate was slid down and in, the system would keep track of the number of plates. After 5 plates, the monitor would play a game like a race or some competition. If the good guy won, the table would get an extra treat or discount. At the end of the meal, another ...

    Stars in my eyes

    A travel blog entry by izbit on Aug 06, 2011

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    ... site we've been at in Japan, meaning that it was half as crowded as the least crowded site we saw in China.

    The buildings were interesting, but what was most impressive was a) the view back down over Kyoto, and b) the natural springs coming out of the hillside. You wait your turn, then get to reach out with ladles with very long handles to catch some water from the springs and drink it. It's supposed to bring good luck and make ...

    Old and new Japan

    A travel blog entry by izbit on Aug 05, 2011

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    ... room) and the "nightingale floors" carefully engineered to creak when stepped on to prevent anyone from sneaking up on the Shogun. I also pointed out to the boys that the tatami mats are essentially the same as those still used today (although the modern ones have styrofoam cores under the woven mats). But the real treasure of the visit was the grounds, including various gardens and ...