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Hey Hey It’s The Monkeys

Still in Kyoto we decided to go explore Arashiyama with the bamboo Forrest high on our list. Armed with a walking map from the tourist information at the train station off we went.

Our first stop the Tenryu-Ji Temple as we had to pay we decided to just pay to see the garden as we had read it was good & we enjoyed strolling through the peacefulness & laughing at the toilet paper vending machine.
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We were heading for another temple and found this little statue garden on the way (we skipped the other temple we had to pay to go in)
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So next on the itinerary was the bamboo forest let’s just say I was a bit disappointed, I don’t know it wasn’t quite what I expected.
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Turning back we headed to the bridge & the monkey park which was the best bit of the day minus the steep climb. You have to hike up the mountain which well having battled a cold last week & well coming from flat ground was a struggle but I did it. You get to the top and there’s MONKEYS!!! Even cute little baby monkeys, I wanted to take all the monkeys home, your meant to stay 3m away but it’s hard when they just stroll straight past you just about treading on your toe. The view over Kyoto was quite impressive too.
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We stumbled across a kimono walk, which was just poles covered in material the look effective.
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Now it’s been some 22,000+ steps kinda day, a little warm (like 30 degrees) so a bath was in order (our bath is like 4feet by 1 3/4 feet)
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Yes that’s a tv in our bath, nothing much in English but still alright to channel surf while scrunched up in the bath it’s really deep & strangely comfortable)

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A Monk Peep Show

After another station bakery breakfast (yes our stable breakfast & don’t worry definitely walking it off) we decided not to wait for the tourist bus to start again in Nagoya and head for Kyoto. We were able to check straight into our accommodation, a hotel would you believe were wondering what’s wrong with it, it’s great & a budget price.
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So lunch I will tell you was hands down the best meal I’ve had so far - okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake. I had the shrimp one, we may be finding more before we head off in a few days time.
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So the monk peep show you’ve all been waiting for.....we stumbled across a mausoleum and we went up to the temple where you could hear chanting but the doors were closed and there were these little peep holes so you could see in.
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We did a bit of a temple tour on our way back to the hotel and saw Myohi-in & Chisakain temples
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However we saved the best for last and it was worth the ¥600 entry fee, removing your shoes & the no photos to see Sanjusangendo. Inside are 1,000 statues to me they look identical, there in lines, just staring at you, in front is a row of warriors, there all carved from wood it’s anazing, I brought a book just to be able show you what it’s like. The building on the outside is dull compared to other temples you t know what was inside.
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The First Bullet Train

To our amazement Mt Fuji was still out this morning & saw us off, she still amazes me.

A quiet day really we had four trains from Kawaguchiko to Nagoya one was Thomas the Tank Engine themed and we also got to take our first bullet train. Truthfully I thought one of the other trains was more comfortable and I honestly thought any second now were going to take off like we were flying.
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We’re having a night in Nagoya to break up the journey and have taken a sightseeing bus tour to take in the some of the sights.

This is my bed for the night & Birte pointing out that she can talk to me through the little curtain.
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WARNING!!! Fuji Spam

5am seemed like a good time to wake up, so what do you do at that time in Kawaguchiko ..... go check if Mt Fuji’s out. Still wearing half my pjs under jackets (freezing is the word ild use to describe the weather last night) I captured this shot

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After a little more sleep & a 7-11 breakfast we lined up at the cable car, the view from up there even better, Mt Fuji is amazing.

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We raced off to the station to catch the bus up to the Mt Fuji 5 Station, the view of the surrounding area is beautiful & there was snow, old icy snow but still snow. Wow is all I can say.

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In the swing of Japanese food (it’s not all 7-11) we had tempura for lunch so good, nicely presented too

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So the verdict on our accommodation, it wasn’t too bad I might have slept better had someone (me) not cranked the heating up cause we were cold but it was well like sleeping on a swag on the floor.
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The Almost Attack of the Killer Monkey

So this is breakfast I will admit I have taken a liking to the potato rosti sandwiches and the panda chocolate like croissant.
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After a short lesson in reading tickets & been at the wrong station we headed off on the train towards Lake Kawaguchiko & Mt Fuji.
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We arrived & it was raining but we were able to check into our hostel early and we have a traditional Japanese room & will admit I’m kinda excited to be sleeping on the floor.
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TripAdvisor gave us some lunch suggestions and we headed off to try some Houtou which was noodles traditional to this area & vegetables in a miso broth. It was quite warming & the serve was massive, I’m sure it was served in a miniature cauldron but so good!
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This is our view of Mt Fuji we assume she’s out that way somewhere from our tourist information but obviously she’s shy.
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We took one of the suggest walk trails down towards the river & Tatamiiwa Lava Rock
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Birte saw a sign to a shrine & now that we are avid shrine hunters we went to explore well 10m turned into 100, down a little path. There was the shrine a lot like many of the others we have seen. Looking around we were like oh a monkey (it was like a Japanese snow monkey) well the dam thing decided to move towards us and we bolted as quietly as we could. We got away but I’m sure there’ll be killer monkey nightmares
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A Sake brewery was on the trip too so we detoured in & I brought a sake pancake for tea
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On our way back to the hostel we turned a corner & well I was a bit speechless trying to say to Birte there was Mt Fuji she had come out well she was showing a bit of her middle, a bit of a sneak peak we hope but she’s amazing.
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It’s freezing here, in Tokyo I was worried I hadn’t packed the right clothes cause it was warm now it’s the opposite and I have never been more thankful for the heated toilet seats they have here.

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