Nijo Castle

Trip Start Oct 03, 2007
Trip End Oct 31, 2007

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

I woke this morning from someone's alarm going off, my head was pounding a bit, and I was looking forward to whoever's it was turning it off. It took me some time to realise that it was my mobile screaming at me, ups.

I had arranged to meet with a student volunteer guide to show me around the castle and the close by Nijo Jinya, which used to belong to the Japanese shogun. All I had to do was pay his entrance to the places we were going and his lunch, and he was my guide for 6 hours, great!

At Nijo Castle there wasn't a lot to see. There was some nice dioramas showing castle life, but unfortunately photos were not allowed. But me and my guide, talked about many other things; our life in general, studies, travel, Japan, Europe etc. There were two things that stood out bout him. Firstly he was very tall for a Japanese guy, maybe 1 meter 90. And secondly he was very mature for his age, he was only 21, but he carried himself as someone much older. He is studying law, and wants to be lawyer, I think he will be perfect for that job.

Nijo Jinya was very interesting. Because it used to be the shoguns house, it was build with many traps and hidden rooms. It is one of the oldest buildings in Kyoto at 400 years. It is owned by a private family, who still use about half of the 20 rooms as a residence. They are making a killing; this was the most expensive thing I have seen since the Osaka aquarium. 1000 yen entry fee and my guide think they have as much as 500 visitors every day. That's 500.000 yen, or 2500 pound every day, I could live of that kind of money.
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