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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion June 18th 2014

The final days of my voyage in a strange land. What can I say? Japan: It's like an Asian version of Europe: Old... yet sophisticated and classy like a fine gentleman... Ahem. It took me a bit over 2 hours to get from Tokyo to the old capital city of Kyoto, 250 miles away. The Shinkansen (bullet train) is truly marvelous. I stretched out and watched the houses I would never know and the towns I would never visit as we traveled over 300 km per hour to our destination. In Kyoto I got out and had udon; a delicious Japanese noodle soup dish, a staple of the asian lunch diet. I then went to the old Geisha district and found my bearings, hotel and checked out the super old tiny streets and Geishas. That evening ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion January 31st 2014

Arrivé aujourd'hui à Kyoto et j'y serai pour les prochains jours, il y a beaucoup de choses à voir et faire ici et dans les alentours. Je suis dans un Ryokan assez bien situé pas très loin de Gion. Il a fait super beau aujourd'hui et dimanche il pourrait faire jusqu'à 19 degré, donc c'est presque l'été!! J'ai pleins de chose que je veux faire mais peut-être que je ne pourrai pas y arriver.. J'aimerais aller voir du Noh mais je crois que ça va être difficile ces temps-ci.. Pour ce qui est des Geisha j'en ai pas vue ce soir dans Gion.. À moins que je me tape un truc de touriste je crois que c'est mission impossible, bien que j'en ai croisé dans la gare à Osaka. Visite du palais Impérial à Kyoto.. assez ... read more
Kyoto - Palais Imperial
Palais Impérial
Palais Impérial

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion October 3rd 2013

An early start on the rapid express train to Fushimi Inari to see the many tori gates. We estimated 5,000 gates lining the hill . From the temple in front of the station you walk along 3km of pathways lined with tori gates. Each gate is labelled and dated. Many were bought by companies and groups. It was an incredible site but we were saddened to see the termite damage, reminding us of home! Back on the train to Kyoto, only two stops, and then on the raku bus. This bus line takes you all around Kyoto to the major sites. Kinkakuji, the golden temple first, then on to Kiyamizudera the temple on the hill. A great place for souvenir shopping along the paved streets of Kyoto. We saw young ladies dressed in Yukata, the traditional ... read more
Torii  gates at inari
Sunset at kiyamizudera
Souvenir streets in Kyoto

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion August 8th 2013

This morning we had to get up early to visit the world famous Tokyo fish market. In case you are not familiar, the fish auction is world famous, and the auction portion can be exciting as the various buyers compete for the ultimate fish. Last year a tuna sold for a million bucks! Unfortunately, though, we couldn't get into the auction. So instead we wandered around checking out the fishmongers until it was time for our sushi breakfast. To the people working the market, we must have looked like a herd of slow-moving American Buffalo stopping to gaze in wonder at everything we saw like we had never seen it before. "Ohhh, LOOK!! A fish! A fiiiissshhhhhhhhh!!" The average looks we received ranged form mild contempt to casual annoyance to friendly when the seller thought he ... read more
Salted fish
Fish heads, Fish heads...
About to eat my first fish head.

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion November 9th 2012

On the 22ndNovember 2012, 25 Breakfast Point Probus members will fly out of Sydney to Seoul en route to Kanazawa on the Sea of Japan coast. This will be the start of a 16 day autumn tour of parts of Honshu and the island of Shikoku. We will be publishing a blog for Probus friends and family and we hope you take the chance to check it out. You will need to allow messages from - some spam systems will put these alerts into the junk box.... read more
Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Mako in Kyoto


Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion October 17th 2012

Bonjour à tous, voici quelques photos prises lors de nos derniers jour au Japon. la plupart, prises à Kyoto. à bientôt Phil... read more
Temple Kyoto #2 - intérieur
Temple Kyoto#3
Temple et Jardin - Kyoto

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion July 8th 2012

Well up and adam this morning and off to the temple Tenryu-Ji in Arashiyama it is one of the world heritage sights. We started off by getting the metro and then a tram. We went into the first temple which was called the "Temple of the Holy Dragon". Once inside it was beautiful, the roof was painted in a blue dragon and wherever you were in the temple the dragon's eyes were on you. Anyway we sat down and then a monk came out and started to give a lecture to everyone in Japanese - it must have been good as he had the crowd a few times in laughter - shame we could not understand a word he said - we need to brush up on this Japanese language. After escaping the temple without the ... read more
Great litre cafe

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion July 8th 2012

Well out for a meal and a drink. How hilarious we were arguing all the way and then found a market stall that cooked gyoza for us as we ordered so fab and so fresh unbelievable. Then we found another place walking over cockroaches this reminded me of Nepal but not quite as Nepal where I was staying was infested with them in my bedroom. Anyway met 2 couples at a bar and what fun they were but unfortunately got back to our hotel and realised I had left my glasses behind. Without my reading glasses I am lost as cannot read a thing. Anyway my hero on steroids (if you do not know what I am talking about here see the anti-histamine blog) went racing from the hotel and went back to the bar. Now ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion July 8th 2012

Well woke up to a scream from Mike from the bathroom - only to find him shouting I have taken my steriod tablet that I should only take for a major asthma attack, instead of my anit-histamine that I need to take. I was expecting the incredible hulk to come out of the bathroom - but hey ho no Mike emerged as normal. Anyway this started a hunt in Kyoto city centre for a chemist to find some anti-histamine tablets. We went to first chemist trying to explain what we wanted by sneezing, rubbing our eyes and saying fever - to which we were surrounded by Japanese looking quizically at us - saying fever, fever. I thought at one stage we were going to be quarantined, ha ha. We made a hasty escape with a few ... read more
Festival of Kimonos

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion July 7th 2012

Forgot to show you Mike carrying his rucksack in Tokyo waiting for the Bullet train (does'nt he look a natural). Well nearly day one in Kyoto finished. Parts of Kyoto are what you expect Japan to be like. We have seen a number of Geisha girls. It seems really weird when they are walking down the street next to western clothed Japanese girls. We found the Ponto-cho avenue which is one of the oldest tradiitonal avenues in Kyoto. To be honest we fell upon it by accident. We decided that we would get something to eat here as it was so quaint and some of the cafes/resturants overlooked the river. Anyway after much deliberation we could not find a cafe/restuarant overlooking the river so we chose the other side of the road. It is unlike Tokyo ... read more

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