Two days off in Kyoto, well it was until Miss Johnson consulted the Guide book and set off in search of Ni Jo castle, happy to tag along as it looked stunning we found the correct bus and very soon arrived at the gates, ticket in hand we stepped through..
And followed the tour through some 30 plus rooms, all quite large and exquisitely painted, unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos of the interior but the scenes were mainly painted in muted greens and golds with the occasional hint of colour and depicting pleasant images off birds, trees and rural Japanese scenes.
Soon we were out off the castle and into one off the best gardens I’ve ever seen, here we were allowed to take photos..
I’ve only put one photo off the castle and two off the gardens, I have loads more so if your interested please see the album on Facebook !
Next on our tour of Kyoto was the Manga Museum, the history, the artists info the books and comics are housed in an old school which itself had a fascinating history, it was paid for by local residents who cared enough about there children’s education that they saw fit to invest in them !
The museum has an enormous selection of books and comics right back to the early days of Manga and explains the history behind it while also providing the public with the opportunity to remove the books from the shelf and read them, great to see so kids and adults reading together !
Inside the museum, great atmosphere !!
Feeling peckish we went in search of lunch and found it at a charming French restaurant called Blanc Pierre, great food, service and atmosphere were all surpassed by the Creme Brûlée !!!
The staff at Blanc Pierre, good job 😉
Revived after lunch we headed east toward the river and the Palace, we had hoped to see the Palace but alas we were only allowed to see the grounds, not particularly interesting really
See too you there were 11 courses 😉
Although the food was very pleasant we did feel a little rushed and were done in little over an hour, we or should I say I was still hungry and also in need of a beer, Naomi decided this was our next stop…
Looks like a bag of you know what from the outside but inside it was busy, lively and great fun, it also did a great fried chicken and ice cold beers, happy days 😉
Back to the hotel to plan our next days assault on Kyoto as we’d decided we liked it enough not to go to Nara for the day !!
Up early and across the road to the train station, nope not for a train but to see the station and shopping centre, a wonderful piece of architecture that had left us speechless on our first night, now it was time to explore thoroughly….
Again I could put on loads of photos here but will keep it to the six above, if you want you can see them all on Facebook 😉
As we’d been in the Gion district the night before we decided to go back and have a good look round in the daylight, this started with a look at the Shoren-In Temple and the Maruyama- Koen gardens…
Please note the Geisha in the last picture 😉
The rest of the day was spent meandering through the Gion district until it was time for dinner, we were eating early as we would be up early to be back on the bikes, we enjoyed our time at….
That we decided to go back, we were treated to applause on entering and told that we were most welcome and that they were grateful to see us again, this country and it’s people are so charming, helpful, pleasant and respectful !!
Another great meal a few beers and we retired pooped but happy with our time in Kyoto !!
As always the full album is on Facebook so please take a look and in the meantime take care and keep well 😉