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Transit day from Nagano to Kyoto
Alistair: House mate, friend and Anime enthusiast, with three prior visits to Japan under his belt, his sound understanding of Nihongo (Japanese Language) made him the Japanese Master.
David: My other friend and house mate who was far too tall for Japan, David was destined to hit his head on every low doorway. Dave's love of Shinkansen (bullet trains) had him quickly rise to ...
We had a great sleep. Well, we did - Mum and Dad's bed was not as comfy as ours. We got ready for another big day of walking. Today we were going on heaps on buses as well, as we were visiting alot of Shrines. We first saw a shrine that was on the World Heritage List. It was called Ginkuka-ji. It was a shrine that felt like the person that had built that shrine loved nature. There was moss covering everything, and beautiful trees ...
... ancient capital of Japan, before Kyoto, in the 700 AD era. The Todaji Temple is reputed to be the largest wooden building in the world, and houses the largest wooden buddha statue in the world. The original temple was built in the mid-700s AD, and is reported to have required 1.7 million laborers to construct it. Quite an amazing number when you consider that Japan’s entire adult population at the time was only 2 million persons.
This beautiful ...
... Kawaramachi shopping district, and began looking for a place to eat. Along the way Veronica, Angela and Charlotte dropped into a Daiso store, which is the largest chain of 100 yen stores in Japan. I stayed out the front sitting on a pedestrian handrail, with Isabelle collapsed at my feet with exhaustion, which got some curious looks from passers by.
Since we'd walked enough already, we decided to complete the massive day's hike ...
... and it is a credit to its owners that it has served as a model that others have followed.
After the airport, there is the train, which travels the 99 km up to Kyoto in about 75 minutes: it's neat and tidy, and not strewn with old newspapers and drink containers as one sees so often in London. And from the train the urban landscape unfolds as small but well presented houses in the suburban areas, and ...