(Todd) We awoke to breakfast at the ryokan. It wasn't quite pancakes and eggs, but we are in Japan to experience it all. All the food in the picture is just my breakfast. Sara had the same stuff on her side. It consisted of fish, soup and rice (suprise!) Also included were odd Japanese veggies and pickles, tofu, a salad, sweet beans and fruit
Hmmmm? Should I eat this or is it a decoration like parsley?
(Sara) After breakfast we set off to go see another temple. This 3rd temple in Kyoto was my favorite. It was a very quaint, secluded temple and we seemed to be the only ones visiting it at the time.
(Todd) Here is the entrance walkway. There were school children dressed in their uniforms that ran past, so I wasn't sure if we were headed in the right direction. Once I saw this first view, I just knew it's going to be worth the long walk.
(Sara) It was very well manicured and seemed to specialize in numerous varieties of mosses.
(Todd) This was one of favorite sites in Japan. The pictures can't replicate the feeling of being there, but I hope they help. There is absolutely an art involved in the landscaping. Everything seemed to be in the perfect place and it must have taken a generation to perfect it. Here are some more pics, enjoy.
(Sara) We then packed our bags and went back to Kyoto station to catch a train to Hiroshima. Kyoto station itself is amazing. It's architecture is very modern, and one part of the building has an escalator that you can take straight up to the 12th floor! It's got to be the world's longest escalator! Also in Kyoto station was something close to my heart, a Cafe du Monde! I was so excited that I could eat those hot, melt in your mouth beignets that tasted exactly like the ones in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Yumm. It was so good!
We boarded the train and off we went. We arrived in Hiroshima and found the streetcar that would take us to our hotel, the Hiroshima ANA. It's a very nice hotel right across the river from Peace Memorial Park. By the time we arrived at our hotel, it was getting late. This was Day 5, and I was craving a meal not consisting of rice or miso soup. We sought out a cute little Italian restaurant that served wonderful pasta. It was a nice change.
We then headed back to our hotel and went to sleep.