17.07.2010 - 20.07.2010 33 °C
After our first experience on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) which was everything we had been led to believe (super fast/on time/clean and a great experience) we arrived in Kyoto within three hours from Tokyo. We stayed in a traditional Japanese Ryokan - from the furniture down to the employees wearing Summer Kimonos. These lodgings have a large outdoor Onsen (natural hot water bath) and with traditional tatami-mat rooms and futon bedding, it was a real experience. In Kyoto we took ourselves on an afternoon temple walking tour and visited some of the local traditional streets including the charming Sannen-zaka with its wooden houses and traditional shops and Ishibel-koji which is claimed to be the best in Asia acording to LP). Walking was a great way to see the city but in 34c it was really hot. We sampled some of the Tempura Restarants and Noodle Bars and the local tipple. We took an evening walk and did a little Geisha spotting and walked along the lantern lit Kamo-gawa river. Lovely! Leaving Kyoto and before arriving in Hiroshima we took a day trip to Okayama and visited its Castle and enjoyed a quick lunchtime curry in a small backstreet that we would never have found had it not been listed & recomended in LP.