Not a lot to tell you about today. Morning started with light rain, not conducive to walking around one of the best gardens in Japan, but luckily, by the time we got going, the weather had cleared. That's more than we can say for the coming weekend. It seems we are expecting another typhoon about Sunday and that could throw a spanner in the works. We haven't heard yet whether we will be able to fly out of Kansai Airport next week after the last typhoon.
The rain is great though; Why? There is so much water here and it tastes great. Much better than most of the water at home. Not sure what it is but I like it. Almost as much as the food.
Anyway, first up we went to the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. The gardens were once the outer garden of the Kanazawa Castle, which I'll tell you about shortly. The gardens were initially built in the early 1600s and have been maintained and improved since then. Mainly consisting of trees and shrubs, there is an abundance of water in lakes and ponds and flowing through the garden. Amazing to see all the old trees, a number of which have poles, some very substantial, holding up the long branches to avoid serious damage during snow season. Interesting to see that under a lot of the trees, there is no grass growing but what appears to be varieties of moss. From a few metres away, it looks like a carpet of grass.
An hour of walking there, across the road is the Kanazawa Castle. Not a lot remains of the original castle but many of the rock walls and moats are still there along with a few remaining buildings, some of which have been restored. There does not appear to be much of the original building contents remaining. If I understood the guide correctly, the buildings were used by a university for a while.
After lunch we said goodbye to our bus driver of the last week and boarded the "Thunderbird" train bound for Kyoto. Not as smooth or as fast as the Shinkansen but quick enough to put us in Kyoto in 2 1/4 hours. We are here for three nights. It is a tour rest day tomorrow but we have a few things planned for the day to keep us out of trouble.
One thing Therese has been looking forward to is to try Okonomiyaki. It's a Japanese pancake/pizza, though that doesn't really describe it correctly. Anyway, we found a really great little restaurant that served them traditionally, cooked on a hot plate directly in front of us. It was absolutely delicious, better even than I remembered.
That's it for tonight, we'll catch up again tomorrow night.