Kanazawa Excel Hotel Tokyu
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... chain for 1080 yen, bit over $100.
Most at of the other buildings were restaurants or sold ceramics, glassware or food goods. Mostly high end, not the usual bric brac you see elsewhere at tourist spots. I love some of the ceramics, quite beautiful. You can evening buy soft serve ice creams with gold leaf topping!
We went back to the area we had seen geisha the night before, but there wasn't any ...
... train station. It is a big place of about 700,000 population.
We are here for basically 3 things - it has one of the 3 best gardens in the country, wonderful old area with geishas, and seafood.
Our hotel is a few minutes from the station so we dropped our bags in our room and headed off to the huge old markets where there was lots of seafood, and then to the Higashi geisha area. Wonderful old buildings and narrow ...
We took the train to Shinano Omachi, then bus to Ogizawa and scrambled over Mt kurobedairi and Mt Tateyama, arrived in Toyama that night Amazing mountains and autumn leaves. Had Japanese tempura set meal for lunch - ok but too many vegetables, not enough prawns. Worse pasta ever for dinner. But we found Tim Tams, Nutella and bread sticks in a ...
... on the side walk as there is no bike lane. We first went to the Geisha district. A small street with old wooden houses were Geishas would entertain their guests, playing music and serving tea. And we also strolled through the temple district. After that, we cycled our way to the samurai district and we had lunch at a cooking school. It was really tasty: soup, duck in a sauce, rice, pickled veggies, ... While sitting ...
... You get the picture. And OK, since not so long ago, the shinkansen travels to Kanazawa, but I still had this idyllic picture in mind. Therefore I was surprised to see a brand new trainstation, shops like Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton and apparently other big brands that I don't even know of, and a lot of tourists. As the city is smaller than Tokyo, the tourists are even more obvious. We checked ourselves in at the hotel and went ...