Another good breakfast at Ryokan Murayama:
And then we went up the street 300m to the Hida Folk Museum. It’s an open-air museum with buildings from the district that were brought here and reconstructed. It’s quite interesting to see how the ‘normal’ folk lived a couple of hundred years ago. There was a little lake as you come in, making it all very picturesque:
After the village, we met back at the Ryokan to be taken to the train station. The train trip to Kyoto was about 4 hours – 2.5 hours back to Nagoya on the ‘slow’ train, and then the bullet train to Kyoto. The scenery on the first leg was beautiful, but the same as on the way there, so no photos.
Our accommodation in Kyoto is at the Palace Side Hotel, which is on the same street as the Imperial Palace Gardens. We had a bit of a wander through there for an hour. It was pretty ‘au natural’ – full of weeds and unkempt looking. But nice and green. You can’t get into the palace, so I snuck a picture through the gate – can’t see much, however:
On the way back to the hotel, we came past the Goo Temple, where boars are held sacred. Otherwise, it’s much like other temples:
We went back to the hotel to freshen up and then met up with Chiko for dinner. This was a free afternoon/night, so only 8 of us went to the dinner. We split onto 2 tables with Chiko in the middle and ordered a whole bunch of food. I was at the expensive table, however. Our lot cost twice as much as the other table! We got to try lots of things though – any more dishes than what I photographed.
I developed a sore throat during the day, so we got some Vicks Vapodrops on the way to the hotel.