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Bullet Train at Kyoto Station

Eventually, we did leave the built-up area around Tokyo and enter the countryside. It was a rainy and overcast day, so was probably the best day to travel. Before the trip, I had noted that Mt. Fuji could be seen from the right side of the train a certain number of minutes out of Tokyo. I watched and waited, but Mt. Fuji was coved by the overcast condtions. We passed near the mountains and through both green farmland and industrial centers and made a brief stop at Nagoya. At Kyoto station we disembarked as quickly as possible as the train only dwells 180 seconds. At Kyoto, we took the Metro to downtown and then walked to Ryokan Kohro.

Ryokan Kohro in old town Kyoto

 

Ryokan Kohro was a modern building, but had traditional style Japanese guest rooms. The rooms had tatami mats, futons for sleeping, a low table, and two sit-upons with backs in place of chairs. The bathroom was Western style, albeit small. An anteroom, separated from the main room by a sliding door, provided luggage storage and a closet.

 

Each evening, a bedtime snack in the form of a packaged cinnamon wafer candy or a bean jam wafer was left for us. An electric hot water caddy provided water for evening tea. (I did find out how to make morning coffee using the hot water vessel. One needed to buy a “coffee set” at a convenience store. The coffee set consisted of two Styrofoam cups and instant coffee. However, one had to use the hot water before it was removed when housekeeping made up the room)

 

In the evening, we walked around the narrow streets of old town Kyoto by groups, visiting the two shopping arcades (one named Teramachi), the Kamo River, and the Mazuren book store on Kawarmachi. Dinner was at Mos Burger, the best hamburger in Japan, as we were told.

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Bullet Train at Kyoto Station
Bullet Train at Kyoto Station
Ryokan Kohro in old town Kyoto
Ryokan Kohro in old town Kyoto
Post Office
Post Office
Traditional and modern in Kyoto
Traditional and modern in Kyoto
Kyoto Courtyard
Kyoto Courtyard
Mountains enroute to Kyoto
Mountains enroute to Kyoto
Green fields near Kyoto
Green fields near Kyoto
Daihatsu factory
Daihatsu factory
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A Ryokan in Kyoto
Ryokan Kohro is a traditional Japanese-style hotel or inn in old town Kyoto. The rooms are covered with tatami mats and futons are put out each night.… read entire review
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