
// OCTOBER 2014
To Tokyo and even further...
Narita
Nikko
Nagoya
Ise
Hiroshima
Yoshino
Koya
Osaka
Kyoto
Yokohama
Tokyo
Nara
Kamakura
Seoul
Tokyo
Narita
Nagano
Joetsu
Inawashiro
Shirakawa
Itsukushima
Imabari
Niihama
Sakaide
Onomichi
Yoshima Island
Ako

Kyoto

Geishas …

Κιότο is the ancient imperial capitol city.
Precisely, we wanted to see the Gion area, next to the river, famous for its many old buildings. Exiting our hotel, we walk …the other way round, because _for sure_ we got mixed up with the map. When we eventually reach at a dead end and realize there is no river anywhere, we take a taxi, which at last took us to the right place. Until reaching the river, the city was very modern, very high tech. Very much like 5th Avenue.





Beyond the river, the old town Gion _which is the most famous area with geishas in Kyoto_ was spread ahead. Gion expands around the Shijo Avenue, in between Yasaka Shrine (at the east) and the river Kamo (at the west). It is full of shops, restaurants and traditional teahouses.



Tax of Real Property everywhere!

The Gion area attracts tourists because of the great number of traditional wooden constructions called Machiya. Due to the fact that the taxes of real property were estimated, in the past, based on the front view, all the houses had been built with very narrow front views, but they were extended up to 20 meters backwards. For first time, we saw people dressed traditionally walking down the streets. We were travelling back to the Memory Lain, feeling that we were in Ancient Japan.





2nd of November 2014
Charging us more for nothing? Fat chance!

We woke up and went to see the rest of the sights during daylight. We first visited Kinkakuji also known as the Golden Temple. It is an impressive building with views to a large lake. It is a temple of Zen and its top is totally covered with leaves of gold. Our next stop was the smaller temple Fushimi Inari (Fushimi Inari Taisha), a very significant Shinto sanctuary, famous for its thousands Torii gates marking a net of paths inside the green forest of the holly mountain Inari.



We continued towards the Fuji Mountain, since we really wanted to see the volcano. The journey was magical and when we reached at the watch tower all I wanted was to indulge in the mesmerizing view. Unfortunately, that day it was raining and foggy, so we weren’t really able to see much.
We ended up at the Dormy Inn Mishima Hotel of the provincial town Mishima. Although we had booked a double bed room, they gave us a… twin bed room. When I went to change it, they asked for extra charges. At that moment, I didn’t want to be fussy about it so I agreed. But the next day, while I was speaking to the man responsible at the reception, I informed him that it was a fixed policy of the hotels to give you the room you are asking for, as soon as you arrive, if there is vacancy and more over without any extra charges. I carried on saying that he could charge whatever he wanted, but I would dispute the charges and I would take my money back. At the end, they… reviewed the whole situation and they didn’t force us to pay any extra charges! 

    

Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
Rating:
comments
VIEW
comments
VIEW
Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
Rating:
comments
VIEW
Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15 days
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
Rating:
comments
VIEW