Wakayama Marina City Royal Pines Hotel
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- Drycleaning onsite
- High-speed internet in room (free)
- Non-smoking rooms
- Kids pool
- Smoking rooms available
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... buildings is inspiring, with their soaring eaves and curved roof designs, while the paintings on the sliding doors that divide the rooms inside temple are incredibly beautiful. Many of them are painted on surfaces of pure gold leaf, which is used to reflect the light inside of the otherwise dark rooms.
The 1200th anniversary of Mt, Koya will be celebrated next year, and the graveyard, called Okunion, is very famous as a burial location for ...
We woke up and headed to the train station. We spent the morning and had lunch on the train on our way to our second homestay in Arida, Wakayama. Arida is a small farming town that doesn't make it into some of the tour books. We arrived around 2pm and were taken directly to an elementary school in the area. The kids were adorable and the school was much more recognizable to me as the type of environment that I know a school to be. ...
... you are no longer allowed to take pictures. Understandable, but also unfortunate as the mausoleum is quite impressive to see. About every 10-15 meters or so there is a place to either light a candle, burn an incense, or both. As I make my way along the designated route, a nice old Japanese gentleman offers me a candle and a piece of incense to light with him. Feeling quite privileged, I humbly accept and we proceed. Lighting the candle is ...
... We had to take a three hour Shinkansen ride to Osaka, a brief metro ride to another station in Osaka, take an express train to a town outside of Koyasan, and then a cable car up to Mount Koya. As usual the train rides were fairly pleasant. The countryside scenery was pretty nice. When the local train started going up the mountain, it was really neat seeing the old houses siting on the side of the mountain. Also ...
... we sweat (-ed?) like pigs. For some reason, Frank had decided on jeans that day... a la Jackie in Macau... and paid the price for it... poor guy. On a side (but exciting) note: as we left the bus station, we came to an intersection where there was a group of people handing out flyers and a person with a megaphone. It turns out that there was an election taking place the next day for the Lower House in the Japanese Parliament... and this set up was for one of ...