Royal Oak Hotel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
TravelPod Member ReviewsRoyal Oak Hotel Otsu
This hotel is both great and reasonable. If you visit Otsu, this hotel is an excellent choice. Highly recommended.
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... a side dish or two for about 700 yen.
So my third day started with a the number 205 bus arriving on time to take me to the north west of the city. The bus shows each stop in Japanese and English - so very easy to know where to get off. And when you get off there are maps showing where to go.
First stop was 'kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavillion. Very pretty, being covered in gold foil, but a quick visit as nothing to actually ...
... park there, that is open, was empty with music creepier than it's a small world blaring. The rides must've been from the 50's, and there were only 3 or 4 other people there that we could see. Keep in mind, it's on top of a mountain and there is 1 way up and 1 way down. Bizarre. It was a Japan bucket list event for me, but I won't go back. I cost us about $100 just to go, eat cheap, and ride the monorail up. ...
... and we supplemented our breakfast with some marinated sushi on a stick and octopus with quail eggs stuffed in tier heads on a stick. Warning Rachel- octopus photos will be below. We ogled some amazing knives and enjoyed it quite a bit considering about half the stalls were not open yet for the day and it was after 9am. From there we walked across the river to the district with the most temples and shrines. First up was Shoren-In with ...
... building in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Words can't do justice to the huge size of this structure, especially considering it was built in 1709 - it was actually a reconstruction of the original that was built a thousand years earlier in 700 AD. Inside is a massive Buddha, known as Daibutsu, one of the largest bronze statues in the world, and including 134kg of pure gold. From Todai-ji we continued our walking tour which took us further and further up the ...
... I tried their sweet sake, which was amazing!
The return was a bit painful. We walked until the station, took the train and I messed up in Osaka. We took a line that skipped our stop and had to wait 15 minutes in the cold for a packed local train to take us back to a transfer station so that we could take the Osaka Loop Line back to the hotel.
I am aware that these entries are very descriptive and not too 'History-Packed', we'll try to fix that in later entries.