Day 4 - Kyoto
Trip Start Nov 03, 2005
29Trip End Dec 07, 2005
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We exchanged our rail passes which was a 5min painless exercise (Mike's dad couldn't stress enough about the supposed 1 hour wait). I however was still in pain from the shochu. Dave and Mike will have to tell you about the train trip from Osaka to Kyoto - I was sleeping/passed out. Less than 20min later we arrived at Kyoto.
It seems everyday we spend so much time at vending machines. A drink called Aquarius was my hangover cure. Mike had Rainbow Mountain Blend Boss coffee
Dave found some ointment for his foot problem (I suspect it will be an ongoing ailment for this trip). We were too stingy to pay for buses so we walked to Senjuusengenjo - a Buddhist temple with 1000 warrior statues.
Outside we got a photo with some local high school girls. Mike even joked he wanted a photo with each school to see all the uniforms.
We then took a detour through some sidestreets and found a cemetery in the middle of a forest, just off the main motorway. That was impressive. I don't think too many people would have known about it, since it wasn't on any of our maps, we found it while getting lost, and it didn't have any sign of life - obviously. Walking down the highway from the cemetery we passed a grand mausoleum, and headed towards Kiyomizu Temple.
On the way we stopped at a curry and coffee restaurant. The décor was Swiss, the music was French, the spices were Indian and the chef was Japanese. Still, it was very homely and comfortable. We ordered chicken curry and another that had a sauce that had been simmering for 1 month continuously
After the curry we went to the temple. Mike and I didn't want to waste money on an entrance fee so Dave went in alone. 40 minutes later we regrouped and found that our photos were virtually identical anyway. Mind you, Mike and I were up ¥400.
We then spent all our money at the souvenir stalls. We looked at a crap lantern museum with hardly any lanterns. We ended up getting lost a few times and walked way too much. Soon we realised we'd managed to cross the entire CBD. On the plus side, we found a Tintin shop.
Oh yeah, I realised today that I don't know my PIN for my debit card. I always just knew the pattern on the keypad. On Japanese ATMs they have the numbers all spread out, so that screwed me up for a while.
There's a guy that we keep seeing on a TV commercial advertising DVDs. His name is Razor Ramon HG. He's dressed as a village person, thrusts his hips and goes "WOOOO" (or 'FUUU' in katakana). He is so famous that he keeps popping up on all the morning talk shows.
Back in Osaka we had some pancake thing called nirachijimi that was really nice (¥300).