Travel Blogs from Kyoto
... walls it felt like a world away. It was the residence of the first Shogun of the Edo period from the early seventeenth century and the wooden floors were made to squeak as a security measure against any intruders. On the way back to the hotel to collect our belongings before the journey back to Tokyo the heavens gave a taste of Typhoon Neoguri which is heading towards Japan. Let's just say that it was ...
... 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 ...
... race very far in advance - otherwise Doug might have entered (you have to qualify or get in through a lottery). We couldn't move into our rental until mid afternoon due to road closures in the area, so we planned to explore the area around Kyoto station. However we were unsuccessful at trying to fit our three bags into a single locker (despite much jigsaw puzzling and shoving), and we were too cheap to rent a second ...
... refined. Anyone with an appreciation for modern architecture and design would love it. Our private room was tiny yet had a king-size bed that took up well over half the floor space. Chris was impressed that the hostel bathroom had heated seats in addition to the standard ten different features found on most Japanese toilets. Yes, we are easily amused and amazed by Japanese technology as it applies to bathroom facilities.
Of slightly ...
... where Typhoon Man-Yi has played havoc and flooded the area. This happens at least a couple of times. The philosopher’s walk is named for Nishida Kitaro, a famous Japanese philosopher, who apparently walked along this path contemplating life.
At the end of the Philosopher’s walk we catch a taxi to Gion. This area is famous for its nightlife and in particular geishas. Not that there are too many geishas these days, however you do see the odd girl ...
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