After breakfast, Taeko’s husband gave us a lift to the subway station and Taeko, Ela and I got the subway to Umeda where we met up with Taeko’s english teacher and friend for our excursion to Minoh/Mino-o – spelling seems to be interchangeable! We got the train to Mino-o station and then walked through beautiful […]Read more "Minoh/Mino-o Area"
Taeko made us a nice breakfast and then her daughter picked Taeko and us up with her two girls, and drove us to Nara. Our first stop was at Horyuji Temple. The complex has the oldest wooden structure in the world, apparently. Fortunately, it wasn’t so very over-run with tourists. Then we walked over to […]Read more "Nara"
We had seen most everything I’d planned to see in Kyoto and had the day to kill, so, since we still had our JR Pass, we decided to make use of that and go to Hikone Castle. It’s about an hour away from Kyoto – about 1.5 from Osaka, our destination that evening – so […]Read more "Hikone"
We had another Saturday in Kyoto – this one was overcast though. I did some research as to which places we hadn’t been to that were unlikely to be filled with tourists. We were half lucky 🙂 After coffee we bought ourselves the 600 Yen all day subway ticket – this wasn’t as easy as […]Read more "Another day in Kyoto"
We had our last brekky at the Guesthouse and then dragged our luggage to the ferry and train and bought ourselves some lunch to have on the hour long bullet train journey to Himeji. I’d been to Himeji castle before, but it was 22 years ago… Chiko had organised a tour guide for us. She […]Read more "Himeji"
I woke up fairly early and looked out the window to see what we were in for. Outside was something white, which I took for a cat at first. Then it got up and I thought it was a fox. When I got a closer look I realised it wasn’t that either, and discovered it […]Read more "Miyajima Day 2"
Last breakfast with our tour today! Breakfast at the Osaka hotel was very boring, so no photo. We left the hotel and caught the subway and then the train to Hiroshima. We’d intended to go to the Peace Dome, but the Summit Meeting and Obama were in Hiroshima, so we decided not to even try […]Read more "Miyajima Day 1"
Woke up just before the call to prayer in our temple. We thought we’d just give them some time and join later to listen to Buddhist chanting. Unfortunately, by the time we got there they were already at it and all the doors were closed. Since we didn’t want to interrupt we just went in […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Koyasan to Osaka"
An early start to get to Koyasan today. After packing our main suitcase last night and handing it in for couriering to Osaka, we traveled super-light to Koyasan. First walking to the subway, then catching the subway (so full!), a train, then another JR train, then a different (Nankai) train and then a cable car, […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Koyasan"
Today was our free day in Kyoto. But Chiko offered to take a group of us to Arashiyama to see the Bamboo Forest. I’d found a couple of walks to do when it’s crowded so Chiko chose one to go along the river, because she’d never been that way. So we got the bus to […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Kyoto Day 4"
After breakfast we headed off to the Toji market. This is only on once a month, on the 21st of the month, and Chiko had never been and a few of us wanted to go, so we all went. They sell all sorts of stuff there! Ela and I even bought things! They sell lots […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Kyoto Day 3"
After a boring hotel breakfast, we headed off to the tea plantation. This was a subway ride, followed by 2 trains and then a bus and then short walk. Not completely worth it in my opinion, but the scenery is nice along the way. We were picked up at the bus stop and then taken […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Kyoto Day 2"