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Philosopher's Walk
Every once in awhile, you need to treat yourself to an easygoing, relaxing day while you travel. This gives your body the chance to catch up on much-needed rest, and the opportunity for everything to catch up to you and for you to appreciate everything. Today was one of those days. We decided to take it easy for our last day in Kyoto. We actually slept in until about 9, and took our time getting our stuff together for checkout. When we checked out, we asked the concierge if there was a luggage room we could leave our suitcases in until the evening, and thankfully there was. We walked over to the train station to get lunch, and wandered around for awhile. We went back to the hotel and decided to hang out in the lobby until it was time to be picked up for our afternoon "Authentic Kyoto Tour".
Japanese tea ceremony


To begin with, we took a stroll down Philosopher's Walk for about 15 minutes or so, and then we attended a traditional tea ceremony. We had green tea (yummy!) with this confectionary (yuck!) that had some sort of red bean filling. I tried to eat it all, I really did, but I just couldn't take the taste of the red bean paste. We watched as the girl went through all of the steps in preparing the tea for us, and afterwards she explained some of the utensils and decorations that were around.

We were taken to the Gion district  and visited a former geisha house, where maiko girls were brought up. Here we saw some of the instruments and accessories that were used by the maiko girls. All of the ladies in the group were even invited to try on an authentic kimono. Here we also has tea time, but this time we had a roasted tea with sugar candies. Later, we went by the largest temple gate in Kyoto, where Tom Cruise filmed part of the Last  Samurai. At the conclusion of the tour, Chris and I decided to spend some time walking through eastern Kyoto  as we made our way back to the hotel.At night, we took the train to Osaka and checked into our hotel around 9pm.
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Philosophers Walk
Philosopher's Walk
Japanese tea ceremony
Japanese tea ceremony
Kyoto
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