Thursday 19.09.13 26,5 km
I won't recommend Sparkling Dolphins, the bed was too hard, the duvet too
heavy, aircon too bad, it cost 500 Y more than it said in the brochure from
tourist info, an australian lady had to talk on the phone with her children
6.30am just outside our door, the TV was supposed to be able to show CNN, but
couldn't, the breakfast (which also only cost 150 Y) was white bread (you could
toast it yourself) with margarine a.s.o. The only good thing was that the wi-fi
worked and that I slept in the ground floor.
Even the japanese know how to overload a bicycle
Now I'm sitting in the imperial garden in the northern part of town. It's peaceful. It wasn't possible to enter the palace it said, but as I drove up to the gate, a group came out? You could apparently ask for special permission at some authority.
Before that I went to the east side of the river. It looked a little ragged, Back on the western side it was more like a modern city.
The houses come in many sizes
Now it's afternoon, it's 2.15pm. and I've found K's House - and what's more - they've found my reservation. There are many letters that can come out wrong when two persons - both talking a foreign language on the phone - has to cummunicate. Here it seems they know what they're doing. It's a new building with 5 floors in a narrow street. The houses in the other side of the street are in older japanese style and made of wood, but a little down the street is a modern 8 stories high block. It's like the ricefields - maybe a town hall turns up next door....
I had to have a cappucino to celebrate, that is looked good. They have a cafe here also. I'm beginning to feel like home in this city. All goes north-south or east-west. It's long distances, but it's easy to navigate. But the waiting hours at the traffic lights... They can make me flip...
Kyoto in front of the mountains
Even the Shinkansen looks like a toy train from up there
I was up the Kyoto Tower to have an overview of thy town. From up 100 m's you can see far. From there even the Shinkansen looked like a toy train. And I could recognize more of then places I'd been. One of them was Daitoku-ji, a collection of zen temples, where I entered Koto-in, that dates back from 1601.
Outside the temple - a lot is about shoes/no shoes in Japan