Japan 2018 - Day 8

 

 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, Kanazawa - Kyoto

 

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.

 

 

 

  • View of Kanazawa from the Holiday Inn ANA Kanazawa Sky View of Kanazawa from the Holiday Inn ANA Kanazawa Sky
  • Ice creams however you want them: Actual Gold leaf or Platinum topping on many flavours Ice creams however you want them: Actual Gold leaf or Platinum topping on many flavours
  • Tree in the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa - Originally developed around the early 1600s Tree in the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa - Originally developed around the early 1600s
  • The Kenrokuen Garden was the outer garden of the Kanazawa Castle The Kenrokuen Garden was the outer garden of the Kanazawa Castle
  • Island in the lake Island in the lake
  • Tree in the Kenrokuen Garden Tree in the Kenrokuen Garden
  • We all need a little support as we get older We all need a little support as we get older
  • One of many bridges over the streams in the garden One of many bridges over the streams in the garden
  • Water is one of the key features of a Japanese garden Water is one of the key features of a Japanese garden
  • Looks like grass but it is actually types of moss-like plants Looks like grass but it is actually types of moss-like plants
  • Reflections of the lake island with changing season Japanese maples Reflections of the lake island with changing season Japanese maples
  • Lanterns are another key feature of a Japanese garden Lanterns are another key feature of a Japanese garden
  • Another view of the edge of the lake Another view of the edge of the lake
  • Kanazawa Castle - Built by a Samuari around the early 1600s - Now restored Kanazawa Castle - Built by a Samuari around the early 1600s - Now restored
  • A moat alongside the castle wall A moat alongside the castle wall
  • One of the entry gates to the castle One of the entry gates to the castle
  • Most of the original castle buildings are gone, this building has been completely restored Most of the original castle buildings are gone, this building has been completely restored
  • Interior timbers of the restored building Interior timbers of the restored building
  • Interior timbers of the restored building Interior timbers of the restored building
  • Rice fields and Lake Biwa from the train Rice fields and Lake Biwa from the train
  • Lake Biwa, Kyoto's water supply, from the train Lake Biwa, Kyoto's water supply, from the train
  • A small cemetery beside Lake Biwa A small cemetery beside Lake Biwa
     

 

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