Royal Okayama Hotel
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... tea in a small tea house on Nakajima-no-shima Island that is a tiny island within a larger pond in the gardens. The hostess only takes 6 at a time at a cost of 800 yen each, which is expensive for a cup of tea, but you pay for the privilege of the experience. We were lucky as I met a young Japanese man and his girlfriend at the footbridge entry and he said "you have to try it, worth the 800 yen". We got his vacant spot. The hostess then closes the ...
... well south of Takayama. So some time for reflections.
Everything talks to you in Japan or makes a noise of some sort. The escalators, the lifts, the trains, the little machines the train cleaners push along the station, etc. They are particularly fond of a jingle. One plays just before a train departs or arrives at a train station which seems essential as so many people go to sleep on the train, it at least wakes ...
... 8211; every time! Having said that,
on the major routes all of the stops are announced in Japanese as well as
English which is very helpful.
Some of you may remember that we hosted a couple of young
Japanese girls prior to having Nobuko live with us. Strangely enough one of
them – Maiko – sent us a lovely letter and photos before we left for Japan. She
had no idea that we were coming this way. She is ...
We left our ryokan at 7am this morning and caught an early train from Nara to Kyoto. It was peak hour and by the time the train reached Kyoto it was jam packed. Lots of school kids. At Kyoto station we found a cafe selling a "toast set" and so that is what we ordered. Buttered toast arrived accompanied by a small salad with something fishy on top as well as a small dish of yoghurt, a jammy substance and something orange. We whipped out the ...
... top floor and watch more guns being fired below. Still confused about what was happening, we headed down through the castle to look at the displays. These were mostly outfit or costume related. We figured they weren't real, or we wouldn't be able to take photos of them.
We crossed the river and headed to Korakuen garden; known as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It was extremely pretty. With autumnal colours coming out, we ...