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... real sense of history one would get in a European castle. After a quick tour of the gardens, which was actually nine gardens and a thoroughly zen experience all round, we headed a few stops on the train for the main event - the fighting festival of Himeji.
As we arrived in the town, the roads were closed and a few drunken looking folk were strolling back towards the station, including a number dressed in sumo pants (not official name), headbands and ...
... a tot perquè l’Elena i l’Ariana ens demanen de fer coses més per elles i no només veure temples. Normal.
Diguin el que diguin, volem anar a veure els principals, que són el Kouda-ji (el pavelló que en diuen de plata però no ho és), el Kinkaku-ji (el pavelló daurat), Kiyomizu-dera i el Sanjusangendo (o dels 1000 budes, el preferit de la Yukari). A la llista hi tenim també llocs com el bosc de bambú ...
... packet and who would have thought that after that first purchase of dorayaki, my friend and I were caught in dorayaki hunt mode for the rest of the trip.
After a couple of more photo taking sessions in the room, we finally settled for the day.
i) Buy souvenirs in the Kiyomizu Temple area. You will regret it if you don't though if you missed it, there is still a final chance at Owakudani Village but the choice is nowhere near the ones you ...
... Senmonten) where they serve only dumplings, rice, beer, water and sake. Davis was going to go for the record of 150 gyoza (dumplings) at one sitting which would give her a free meal, but decided she didn't want to get ill for the plane trip the next day!
Doug had two great runs on trails up Mt. Hiei behind our house, heading up to the old abandoned ski lifts above the city. Doug had fun but reports that ...
... a toilet break and got to miss at least 10 minutes - Nat also enjoyed this part as she didn't have to listen to my constant moaning about how rubbish it was! Also when we say 'we' wanted to go and see it I don't think this was quite true!) After this, we were in the mood for some proper traditional Japanese dining which was perfect given we were in Gion. Heading down Hanamikoji Street, we came across a lovely restaurant where we sat at a bench watching the ...