R&B Hotel Kyoto Station Hachijyoguchi
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We were up late again the next day for a train to north west Kyoto for more temples and gardens. After arriving we had lunch before setting out to explore. The first temple we visited had a very basic interior due to being rebuilt so many times - many of the sights we'd seen had been destroyed by fire at least twice. The interior did house a few relics and fantastic paintings though. The garden however, was spectacular. There was a lovely pond with koi carp and loads of plants ...
Kurama and Kibune
We started out strong with a McDonalds breakfast to see what the differences / similarities were between the western version.
Nat enjoyed her pancakes with blueberries and strawberries, whilst Chris had the all day breakfast burger which was delicious. (For the record, the menu differences were slight and the atmosphere was pretty much identical)
Our plan for the day ...
... pictures of the red leaves and across the city in the sunset. There is a fountain, that is supposed to heal the soul, just under the temple also.
We were dropped back at our hotel and then set off to find some dinner. We settled on a restaurant that did Okonomiyaki set menu for Fraser and I had very tasty Japanese style beef strips in our own booth with a hot plate built into the table. We then called it a night.
... many people there which meant it was very peaceful. We saw many carp (fish). The trees reflected onto the water, so it was very lovely.
From there we went on the Philosopher's walk. This was a relaxing 3k walk along a canal. The colour of the autumn leaves was starting to appear and the water looked lovely. Once again there was ************e else there, so it was very peaceful.
We then went to Honnen In ...
... should be able to find the words, "coffee, please" (for the record it is said "Ko-Hi o-nah-gah-ee-mahs). But here's the thing, even if I was to pronounce it wrong, if I say as much as I can confidently, I can have faith that I am close enough to be somewhat understood. I tried. Eventually the words start to roll off the tongue, and that's really the beauty of the Japanese language. Once a few words are tried, it starts to sound like a song of soft tones that are said in ...