The Big Five
Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
95Trip End Apr 12, 2011
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We put Kyoto behind us tomorrow and head pretty much the whole length of the country into the sticks in the north of Tohoku. Getting accommodation up there has been tricky and the weekend in Golden Week might involve going to a Love Hotel, but we`ll see what pans out.
In Kyoto we`ve seen lots of temples, shrines and all that. It was Geisha week, so we went Geisha hunting but weren`t rude enough to take any pictures when we saw them.
Best to look at the photos anyhow...
We`ve had a great stay in the hostel here and extended our stay due to the changing sakura front
I also learnt how to sharpen a japanese knife on a wet stone (blade bevel on one side only) because the one in the hostel was blunt. Only later did I find a lot of sharp knives and a normal wheel sharpener in a drawer!
Weather has been on and off so our trip to Japan`s most impressive castle was basically horrible and they had shut the main keep for a 5 year restoration, only 10 days earlier!
At Inari-Jinja we had to be careful with all the fox spirits as they can possess you if you don`t wear gloves.....they enter through the fingernails.