Authentic Kyoto Tour
Kyoto Travel Blog› entry 9 of 10 › view all entries
July 4th, 2008 – by: mewzak
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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