Kyoto, Geishas, Temples and ELECTRIC BIKES!

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Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Next location Kyoto.

Our first day of Kyoto was spent relaxing, after quite intense temple viewing in Nikko we just wanted to wonder around without map reading, what better way to do this but on electric bikes!! We have both resigned to getting one of these when we return to the UK they are SO MUCH FUN! when you get tired or there is an incline you just switch the electric on and each push on the pedal excels you further than just normal peddling..and whats better is that there is a "super speed" switch...need I say more?! 

The next day and we were back to the sights, a Zen garden in the north of Kyoto Ryoan-Ji, 15 rocks, apparently adrift in a sea of raked sand.  Then on to Kyotos most famous temple Kinkaku-Ji, the Golden Temple, situated in a lake so still it looks like a mirror.  After these we headed further west to the Bamboo Walk. A forest of bamboo with a pedestrian walkway through it.  These trees are sooooooo tall! When the wind blows through the trunks creek and crash into one another.  This is where we had our first Geisha spot!

We planned to go to a traditional Japanese show in the evening but got wildly distracted (and couldn't find the venue on time) by all the Geisha's and Maiko walking around the area of Gion.  They are so still, yet walking, so calm with no expression on their faces.  Many of the Geisha's arrived to their entertainment venues in Taxis as they tend to get a little over photographed by tourists, we saw some actually chase one girl down a street! The best streets of Kyoto are small and windy and you really have to explore to find the best bits, hidden temples and arty moments! 

Later that evening we went to the public baths, the Onsen for some a bit of a relax and pamper, they are open until 1am!

Another attraction we really wanted to do in Kyoto was see the International Manga Museum, beautiful illustrations and we were able to learn all about how manga is created.  After going to Nishiki Market, a food market, where we also saw some incredible dancing cats (toys) it was time to board the BULLET TRAIN to Nara.
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