Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
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... Kyoto properly using buses. First stop Kyomizo temple which involved of course walking quite a long way uphill, but it was worth it. The views down into town and across to a little red pagoda were stunning. Then we got the bus to Gion and saw all the old Edo style houses and even some possible Geishas dressed in traditional kimonos. A shrine lit up with lanterns and surrounded by pink Azalea bushes completed our evening's ...
... you have to wait until 2030.
After we have finished shopping, next stop is lunch and its the first Japanese lunch for us. It was a set meal with a hot pot of seafood stew, sashimi (my tour guide attempted to ask for the salmon to be cooked instead of served raw but unfortunately the restaurant would not compromise with it), vegetable tempura, pickles, miso soup, salad, chawanmushi, rice and japanese tea. I know it sounds a lot but they were in small portions ...
... a bit disappointing. The pictures looked much better and you couldn't even walk amongst the bamboo (probably for health and safety reasons). The bamboo forrest I hiked through in Sapa (Vietnam) was much better. After the bamboo forrest, I visited a few more shrines, walked through a park and then made way back to Kyoto. That night I made a trip up to the Kyoto tower, which was a bit run down, but I managed to get an awesome picture of the moon, so it was well worth ...
Once again we can use our Japan Rail Pass to get ourselves on the speedy Shinkansen bullet train bound for Kyoto. (noticed that to-kyo and kyo-to use the same letters, what's that about?) Kyoto is a lovely city well known for all the beautiful temples and a bamboo forest.
Because we still have one day left on our rail pass, we opt to go to the bamboo forest today in the little ...
... addition to many prepared hot and cold foods, they have hot dogs on a stick,
but Victor encourages me each day to avoid that accident waiting to
happen. And these stores are also famous
for being an international banking center.
The ATM there has provided us with the funding for our adventures. Oh thank heaven for Seven Eleven. Victor selected some chicken and rice dish,
while I inhaled a bag of rather spicy potato chips. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsToyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
We stayed here for 3 nights, and were quite happy. Originally we were concerned about communication but the staff spoke quite enough English to check us in/out and even for me to ask about getting a Toyoko Inn membership card (DEFINITELY do this if you are staying a few nights or coming back soon, the membership costs a small amount but then you get a discount!).
Breakfast: Not as fancy as at our ryokan (we didn't expect that, though) but very fresh, didn't seem like things were sitting around, they were constantly bringing out new stuff. We had rice balls, soup, veggies/salad, bread, little pastries. I loved it!
Rooms: small by US standards but I'm told that is common in Japan. Plenty of room for us, our baggage (which fits under the bed!). We had a little desk and a teapot. Everything was spotless. The bed was OK, not terrible but not the most comfortable I've had either.
Service: Lovely! Everyone was friendly, both the desk staff and the 'breakfast ladies.' I would stay at this location, or this chain, again!
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