Today was our last day in Osaka before leaving for Hiroshima. And in typical travel fashion, we decided to rest and recuperate before another gruelling travel schedule.
Upon arriving at Nara station, we were offered a ‘free tour’ by a member of the local Goodwill Foundation.
The most notable part of our stay on Mt. Koya was that we were actually staying in a monastery with a group of monks.
Sometimes, you meet people that are acting on the basis of pure altruism – that you’re suspicious, because we often find it hard to believe that real people do that.
The district of Gion is incredibly vibrant – traditional, wooden, Machiya merchant homes flank the walking paths. The many alleys that sprawl all over the area, are lined with shops, restaurants and teahouses.
As I write this, I’m on a bullet train to Kyoto – a 3hour ride which we almost missed. Christina and I were too busy tasting sake (at an awesome brewery in Fujiyomina) and lost track of time (not an intended pun on trains).
So the night out in Roppongi from the previous day (blog post here) turned into an excursion – we didn’t return back to our hostel till 6:30am the next day. We slept a couple hours then had to make our way towards Fuji.
On a night out in Roppongi, a group of us from the hostel ran into a bunch of other travelers