TripAdvisor Reviews Kawakamiya Kasuitei Gero
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... so no ocean views possible. Like the Bullet, the Thunderbird runs precisely on schedule, but allows 5 minutes per stop to the Bullet's 60 seconds. So we considered ourselves in training for the Bullet which I believe we will take in a couple of days. After an hour and a half down time (shower time) in our hotel, once again, a top hotel, in Kyoto, we were whisked off to a "banquet dinner" where we would have a real geisha (I really did not think they still existed, but they ...
... hotel was a short hop from there and we arrived at the wonderful hour of 4 p.m., allowing time to do nothing if one so chose. This down time becomes quite important on tours. We know full well that we want to see as much as possible, but we still need the odd break from that hectic pace. This was made more perfect by the fact that this beautiful hotel is right in the middle of the bustling city and a short walk provides a delightful view of ...
... 40 men to pull it. These days it has become impossible to find 40 men of the same height with sufficient strength to pull it, and it has been permanently retired to the Exhibition Hall. Other floats are still in use, but having wheels may require only 12 to 20 men to pull them. All are elaborately hand decorated, some with embroidered walls, some with precious metals, and all with detailed carving, lacquering and decorative metal work. Four of the floats have ...
... grades, and this area is famous for having the very best. After lunch it was a long but very beautiful drive on narrow mountain roads with tunnels every mile or so, for about 3 hours to reach Takayama. We were all exhausted when we arrived at about 7:30, but in awe of the bus driver's skills maneuvering the narrow mountain roads with only a couple of inches between oncoming buses and trucks in many places. Takayama ...
As soon as we arrived, we realized that we needed to hop on a bus to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, a traditional ancient village nearby. As per usual, Dom and I scarfed down sandwiches on a bench beside the 7-11 and hopped on our bus. The village showcases the ancient traditional homes that were once very popular in Japan, called gassho houses. These are quite simple A-frame homes with thatched roofs. Now however, they ...
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