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"
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 […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Takayama to Kyoto"
Got up to a beautiful morning, aching all over from sleeping on a futon on tatami mats. Boy did I feel old! It was cool but lovely out, and there was time to photograph some flowers and admire the view before coming in to breakfast. I had the Japanese breakfast and Ela the Western: We […]Read more "Japan Food Tour – Takayama"