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- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Refrigerator in room
- High-speed internet in room
- Non-smoking rooms
TripAdvisor Reviews Sawaya Honten Kyoto
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... bit in the surrounding hills, and went to a bamboo forest, and a hills with thousands of torri gates (see pictures)
The bamboo forest was nice, but small, and swamped with tourists. Also the weather really made it difficult to enjoy, it was hot and very humid, so we were sweating, all the time.
On a nearby hill, we were told by a man in the train (who also was supper psyched that Philippe was French – more on this later) that there are monkeys in ...
... and customs. Next we had a bus waiting to take us to Kyoto. The trip was approximately one and a half hours. Our hotel is far better than we expected including a fantastic view of the very large Kyoto train station opposite. The trains are so long when they come through. The other thing unexpected is their high tech toilets. I have never seen so many buttons in a bathroom. But it is a lovely warm ...
... Train Master.
Paul (Me): Along for the ride and cultural experience, being the only person with a camera, I was the Photo Master, responsible for documenting our trip through the lens of my Lumix TZ40.
Yakiniku in Kyoto
Our next destination was Kyoto, and from Nagano it would be our longest train journey so far. We took a Shinkansen early in the morning to Tokyo, where we transferred to another Shinkansen to take us to Kyoto. After around ...
... Joe up, but must have options that are allergy friendly. We found a "yakiniku" place (korean style BBQ, grill your own meat place) We walked around for an hour and couldn't find it. I even asked a taxi driver! Turns out, the number 42 (in a square) on the map was not the same 42 (in a circle) that we had found. Circle 42 was some sort of fish and noodle place. We abandoned the ...
... walk around. The others went back for a rest at the hotel. I got a map and hit the streets in search of Nijo Castle (Nijo jo). The city is laid out in a grid pattern modelled on the Chinese Tang Dynasty capital, Chang'an (Xian). Kyoto was capital of Japan for 1000 years.
After spending time Nozawa Onsen and Nara, Kyoto is busy and the sights are spread out over the entire city making it hard to get around on foot. A bike or bus is the way to go. It does have ...