All aboard the sushi train!

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End May 25, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Friday, May 14, 2010

Wow! We don't half get a lot done on this tour, it's so crammed in! But I'm having such a great time. We left Hiroshima nice and early and took some taxis to the train station. Then it was about 1 and a half hours by bullet train (yay!) to osaka, (i picked up some inari rolls, little did i know that that would be the start of LOTS of rice and tofu haha). I'll tell you what, shinkansen is the ONLY way to travel; it's like you're flying only you feel so safe. A brief stop at shin-osaka station, and off again, but what's pretty mind-boggling is that we got to kyoto from there in about 15 minutes!!! It took longer than that for me to get to school in the morning!! Even though kyoto was a bit rainy and dull when we arrived, it soon brightened up again, and after we checked into our rather nice hotel we went looking for food around the station restaurant courts. I found a place that did a great tofu meal set, including yuba, which i enjoyed having. The whole thing was about ¥1000, less than 8 pounds, if the pound isn7t going a bit mad (I heard about what's going on in UK parliament from other group members). Kit took us to Inari (yep, same name as the tofu) where we saw loads of shrines and temples, and the famous Inari gates. again, it ws all so stunning. And kyoto is famous for it's incredible sweets and cakes (wagashi), which hopefully i will be trying soon. I ate more inari sushi, but didn't fancy the skewered sparrow! Probably a wise choice; much as i like to try new things, it didn't look great. After that we were shown around gion (Geiko-not Geisha-land), and where memoirs of a geisha was set. There are so many little backstreets, I hope i can explore them tomorrow. I've got such an epic wishlist of things to buy, it's just finding the time that's the problem! Chantelle (my roomie) and I went to a manga cinema and watched 2 mini films for half an hour (one was kimba the white lion-my favourite!), and there was a nice shop as well. I'm chuffed i can say I've watched manga in Japan :P I got an astroboy postcard too. The evening meal was kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi, only don't expect that overpriced yo sushi stuff because this was the real deal, only DIRT CHEAP (¥105 or about 80p for most dishes!!) I did have some croquettes and a green tea pudding which were a bit more expensive, but overall it added up to about a tenner for around 10 dishes, crazy!! And it was so much fun; you can order on a screen and a toy bullet train drives up and delivers the food to you!! I was on cloud 9. and to cap it all off Carli's dad said he'd pay for me! I have to say again if you're reading this, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You made my day. Kit showed us a few more sights tucked away and we set off back to the hotel、stopping for sweeties along the way. This is all so cool, but I've got a million and one things i want to do tomorrow :D
love louise xxxx
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