Kyoto, 27th to 30th November 2007
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Arriving from our pit-stop in Hiroshima we had a bit of trouble locating our hostel thanks to a rubbish map in the Rough Guide guidebook. Another lesson learned. We were staying in the Aoi-So Inn which was okay apart from seeing a huge cockroach in the kitchen. Our first day we were up early and set off to buy our daily bus pass (500 Yen).
First stop Kinkaku-Ji Temple also known as the golden pavilion. We got there just as the gates opened at 9am and were caught up in the initial tourist rush but it didn't detract from the beautiful sight as you enter, of the gold leaf covered temple reflecting in the lake that surrounds it. We walked through the grounds for a bit and the setting with all of the autumn leaves in various shades was lovely.
Next stop was the Zen style rock garden at Ryoan-Ji just up the road, it was also very much on the tourist trail and it would've been nice to contemplate the hidden meaning of the rock gardens in a bit more seclusion and tranquility but it was impressive as well as relatively calming and peaceful nonetheless. A Korean couple asked Steph to take their picture and then a little strangely asked Adam to take a photo of the two of them with Steph!!! Must be the golden locks.
We had planned to eat in the restaurant at the temple as it is a Vegan restaurant on account of it being buddhist but it was far too early.
For details of our awesomely delicious lunch you have to read our review of Obanzai restaurant.
Feeling a bit worn out from our sightseeing and weighed down by our full bellies we decided to search out the department stores and pick up a couple of Yakutas. We scored in the first one we went to called Daimaru. Really helpful staff and great quality Yakutas which they then wrapped up beautifully in silver paper and little bows.
Our next day we headed to Nara and Inari which we will write about separately.
Our final day in Kyoto we decided to relax a little, we are both a bit wary of getting templed out too soon what with the whole of China, Vietnam and Cambodia still to come. We used the internet access provided by the tourist info and went back for more Obanzai then took a stroll through the busy shopping area and into an older area called Gion. Had alast meal in Japan at a place called Cafe Peace which is all Vegan and is reviewed as part of our Nara and Inari day.
Next morning it was pack up and off to the station for the bullet back to Tokyo and leaving Japan.