霜月 = Shimotsuki

霜月 = Shimotsuki

Kyōto is cold. Colder than Tōkyō. That's why December in Japan is known as shimotsuki, the frosty month. We started with breakfast in the ryokan; in our room on the low table again. Then we took in some of the sights in Arashiyama: Tenryū-ji (Zen temple and garden)... ...the bamboo forest... ...and Okōchi Sansō (gardens [...]

Repositioning

Repositioning

Today we relocated from Tokyo to Kyoto, via Shinkansen. In the a.m. we visited the Hama Rikyu Garden tea house for a cuppa. Then we hopped onto the Shinkansen for a trip to Kyoto, at 250+ km.p.h. We arrived at the ryokan (guest house / inn) near dusk, but had enough time to visit the [...]

富士 = Fuji

Yesterday was full-on tourist day.  Shuttled around the Mt. Fuji / Hakone area by motor coach, being let out every hour or so, just long enough to snap some pictures, or go for a cable car or boat ride, or get some lunch, or go to the bathroom.  Still, it was a good way to [...]