Friday, 8 January 2010

Japan Day 1-2

Im trying to recap the whole journey. Many details will be left out because Im too old for recaps of this nature. Sweat. Its a 2-3 days in one short because it will be too many posts if it was day by day recap. Let me see what I can churn out from my elderly state mind.

Once upon a time, I reached Osaka airport. Osaka because i arranged the trip to be a one way Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo trip thingy. Save the transportation time. Aint got that much time in the NihonLand u know?

This place is near where i stayed. A landmark of Kyoto me thinks. Some tower just outside the Kyoto Station.

I went to Himeji Castle as a start. Not so ok to my liking. I took a round and head straight to another location ( i fogot where). I know getting lost wandering around looking for night life in Kyoto. Apprently they dont have one there. More happening place will be in Osaka. Ouch. Why didnt i chose to stay in Osaka???

There're many more activites on Day 2. As a start, we went to Kinkaju-ji (Golden Temple). Its around the same as Himeji plus the crowd. Malaysia has a lot to learn from Japan's own local tourism industry. Almost everywhere I went, I was thronged by local Japanese students. Its not even the holidays yet. They are proud to visit their own temples and other attraction spots.

One of my favourite temple is the Sanjusangendo. They have those Goddess of Mercy statues all over the place. Not all over the place as in scattered. They are arranged in one long hall along with other priceless artifacts. Quite an impressive view into their religious history.

Another favourite place of mine is the Kiyomizudera. I spent most of my day here. This is one of the 'must go' of Japan, if not Kyoto. They have impressive buildings with outstanding architectural technologies. We have a few things to learn from their long-ago technologies. Its a shame that the weather (the cloud) was not too kind to me for that entire trip. Kiyomizudera would have make a very fine photography venue for me.

Night time is obviously Gion time in this area. Nothing much here though. Mostly are food and not much geisha spotting here. i encountered prettier (and younger) ones during the day in the temples. You can skip this place if you are planning for Kyoto in the future.

Food wise for these 2 days was ok-ok la. I never heard of Japan being a food-haven until I came back. I never really tasted any really really hard-to-forget food here either. Malaysians are too spoilt with their own food back home + others.
I did try their local street stalls food too. They were great but nothing to shout about.

The next day, we took the bullet train Shinkansen, the fastest version to Tokyo. More or less the same price as an air ticket. But the services and speed can match with an airplane!!

Here goes - Japan Day 3-4

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