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With all the excitement of going on the bullet train we had forgotten to get directions on to our next hotel and after little debate we decided that the most painless thing to do at this point would be to jump in the nearest taxi and let them just get us there as quickly as possible.
We almost wish we hadn't been in such a rush because what greeted us would surely have to be our worst hotel yet - the Daiwa ...
... today, leaving the west side attractions to the next day. Based on Alistair and David's previous experience in Kyoto, we decided to hit Ginkakuji temple, Heian-jingu shrine, Kiyomizu temple and finish the day on Fushimi inari Shrine. Shrines and temples were already starting to feel a bit samey, so I was hoping there would be something special about these particular attractions.
We took a train north in the morning to get close to the first ...
... br> We then went back to the train station, and went one stop to go home. We are having gyozas for dinner and then hopefully watching Kung Fu Panda 2!
What was exciting or great today: Hannah - seeing all the deer because I'd never really seen a real deer before. Ben - seeing all of the torii gates because I've never seen so many before.
What was difficult or not so good: Hannah - walking around Nara. Ben - walking all that way.
What a fantastic blessing to be in Kyoto on the peak day for the cherry blossoms!! It is simply spectacular, and everywhere we look we are blessed with the incredible beauty of the snow white cherry blossoms cascading over and around us. In the daytime, the sun highlights their delicate construction, and plays off of the white flowers and dark trunks to create a beautiful medley of colors. In the evening, the trees are illuminated with uplights to allow everyone ...
... to spend 2 more hours killing time in Takayama, we rushed to get our bags down to checkout.
On checking out I saw the male owner of the ryokan for only the second time of the stay. I'm sure he does something around the place, but whatever it is, I didn't see it. This time he handed me the itemised bill, and has charged me extra for the breakfasts. I'm almost certain that both dinners and breakfasts were included in the nightly rate he quoted me, but ...