Kyoto Plaza Hotel
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... Cam and Naomi wandered back to the station to check out some souvenir shops. We stumbled upon a Lego model of Kyoto station which was also amazing - right down to the gazebo featured in yesterday's photos. For dinner we tried a new style of food - Tonkatsu is pork that has been crumbed and lightly fried. It was served with miso and rice and then we all rolled back to our hotel for another blog entry and some much needed sleep. Enjoy the photos and thanks for all your comments so ...
... fairies aren't real. I'm sticking with it. Let me back up.
We woke up to heavy rain in Nagoya, bought umbrellas and some donuts at a convenience store a block from the hotel and bullet trained our way to Kyoto. Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city steeped in tradition. Here you can find thousands of classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.
Still exhausted from China we checked into ...
... there was a pavilion, and the Itsukushima Shrine which also looks like it’s floating on the water - though we were’t sure what it was and gave it a miss as the queue was huge. Miyajima also had wild deer wandering around and a lot of tourist shops - I think it’s basically Scarborough.
After that we headed back to Hiroshima, where we went through the peace garden and memorials, looked at the dome, and went to the museum. I ...
... it was beaten into us that we mustn't look them directly in the eyes. They would reach out there little hands for food with sad little faces (that I can only imagined they had practiced; the little *******s). We also met some other Australians on the hike. We swapped tour stories and recommendations. We took the hike up together and feed the monkeys as a group before parting ways on the way down.
Not much happened ...
... of Japan before it became Tokyo at the fall of the Shogun regime. The city has over 1,000 different temples and shrines which as you can imagine means we are in for a lot of sightseeing over the next couple of days. As we knew this was the case we actually booked ourselves in for three nights (our longest in Japan other than Tokyo) giving us two full days to explore.
We have been really good so far at dropping bags and heading out and exploring and it was ...