Momijiya Bekkan Kawa no Iori
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... stuck together for the morning and caught the train to Saga-Arashiyama. We made our way to the Tenruji Zen temple which had the most beautiful garden. It had hundreds of different varieties of plants and trees, including beautiful flowering cherry blossoms. I particularly liked the quince flowers and the tulips. The bamboo forest starts after the garden and is a couple of hundred metres of huge, thick bamboo. It is truly stunning. Whilst there were hundreds of people ...
... plate of delectable tempura. Lastly the sushi. The sushi had two steps unlike the other two things that I cooked. The first step was that I had to make an omelet. It sounds strange but it is very true. After making the omelet we started on the regular sushi. We cut up the crab, omelet, and fish and then put them aside. Next I put a layer of sticky rice on the seaweed. Finally I put the omelet, fish, and crab in the rice and rolled it into a long cylinder like shape. ...
... 8217;s also a Buddhist temple, which we are told is not uncommon in Japan. Since most Japanese believe in both Shinto and Buddhism and they are closely related, some of the temples and shrines represent both religions.
Our last stop of the day is to the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shinto Shrine, which was built in the year 768. It’s located in the foothills of Mount Mikasa and has more than 10,000 orange Torii gates that start at ...
... be heard across the city. Wandered through Maruyama Park with a stop off for green tea ice cream cone (Yumm!) then through the streets of the old city towards Mt. Kiyomizu and the Kiyomizudera Temple for a great view of the city. We stopped along the way on this historic route trying to imagine what it must have been like in the days of Geisha's and warriors.
Before saying goodbye again I found a drug store where Masayo helped me to get the right ...
... fantastic outside Art Gallery,with plenty of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and also a Picasso Gallery,it was a wonderful few hours in glorious sunshine. I'm glad we have hoicked half a suitcase of warm clothes around for the last 4 weeks!
Then it was on to our first Bullet train for the journey to Kyoto. It was amazing being in the station as other Bullet trains sped through.
We are staying slightly ...