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TripAdvisor Reviews Arashiyama Benkei Kyoto
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... arranged and very peaceful. We came back for a break at the hostel before heading out to the Gion district, the area of Kyoto in which the Geisha live. We spotted a few pottering around, but what is so wonderful about the area are the narrow sidestreets when the handcrafted lanterns light up. It's without doubt our favourite part of the city so far, and its bustling by night. Monday came with two main targets for us to visit: ...
... out the system in a restaurant. Unfortunately when we go to the next one, they have different rules. We end up grinning foolishly a lot of the time. At this restaurant, we wait and wait at our table until someone comes by and shows us the buzzer we are supposed to push for service-oops. Then we get an English menu (with its selection of raw horse meat and whale,eww, on it) only to find out that menu is not in effect for ...
... Daitoku some of which were simply stunning. Lunch by the river where the blossoms were starting to come out then back to the guesthouse to pick up my bag from my lovely hostess. The hotel was fine but distinctly impersonal as hotels tend to be. Still it was nice not to have to put up with any snoring, the guy in the bunk above me the night before put on an impressively dynamic ...
After lunch we walked down to the Nishiki food markets which were huge. It was fascinating with many weird foods and interesting shops. Not sure what many of the foods were but they did look interesting.
There quite a few knife shops with some costs over $3000 each! Japanese knives are some of the best in the world.
We walked to the end of the markets and to a small temple at the end of ...
... it was a fluke discovery the night before while chatting with an englishman at the hostel, but I'm glad I found out! with the weather partially cooperating, I abandoned my original planned sequence and crossed town to the arashiyama region to check out the highly touted bamboo forests. I'm pretty sure photos won't do this place justice; it was pretty neat. I'm also happy there was a breeze, because i could ...