Ok, I’m gonna be a little lazy and throw you links to check out here. Simply because I covered two of the next places in my other blog and I don’t see the sense in repeating myself here. First, check out my tea ceremony experience in kyoto here. One of the most interesting experiences that definitely left an impression. I’d set a couple of days in Kyoto, and so took up a room in a local ryokan. This is not one of those luxury ryokans that pamper you to the nines and cost and arm and a leg, but rather a traditional room in a Japanese style home. Nicely upkept, and run by a sprightly old lady. (whose name I regrettably forget.) You get a Yukata to wear while in the ryokan, and of course, there is a traditional Japanese bath, and Japanese breakfast provided. Very good food! One thing to check out in Kyoto though, is the Manga museum.here. That was my one day trip out from Kyoto, and I definitely think it was well worth it. Cheap used records, and a cool cafe!
Nearly forgot to mention another Kyoto side-trip – Kibune. Supposedly famous for the restaurants suspended over the cool river. It’s quite a lovely place in terms of the scenery and surrounds, and you can see why it would make a great day out with the mountain springs and all, but not all the restaurants are open to solo diners, and well, they’re a little on the pricey side. I did end up eating at one of the restaurants there (and so got my floating platform dining experience), but it was honestly too crowded for comfort so I’d recommend going early if you intend to check it out.