Wednesday, October 07, 2009

the shinkansen experience

Been to below mentioned places on different occasions but what made it more different was the ride.

Day 1 – Hakone
(via Shinkansen. From Tokyo Sta. to Odawara Sta. – approx. 20 mins)

By the time we reached Odawara sta., we had about 3 hours to waste before the bus for Hakone-en arrives, we proceeded to Odawara Castle (which is about 10 mins. by foot from the station) for the sole reason of wanting to wear Samurai warrior costumes. It was drizzling but T was lucky enough to walk around in his Samurai persona in spite of the bad weather. When my turn came, I had to pose under a shed because grandpa shopkeeper didn’t allow for fear of the costume getting soaked.
spiral staircase 2
We left Odawara hoping for a better weather at Hakone-en but sadly, rain kept pouring and the fog was soo thick that I could not make out the scenery. However, the hotel was cozy enough that somehow lessened my disappointment over the trip. We stayed mostly indoors watching films of Marilyn Monroe (or more of me watching it), watched the serene Lake Ashinoko from our window, ate yummy buffet, and enjoyed an onsen bath that night.

So, we didn’t get to do a lot up there. We were like newlyweds on a honeymoon contrary to our main purpose of nature-tripping adventure.

Day 2 – Kyoto
(via Shinkansen. From Odawara Sta. to Kyoto Sta. – approx. 3 hrs.)

Thank heavens the weather was fair. Clear skies and just the right amount of warmth greeted us. There are a lot of beautiful spots to see in Kyoto and it is just impossible to visit them in a day. With our tight schedule and for convenience, we purchased a two-day bus/subway pass in the hope of visiting at least the famous temples and shrines. Lucky us, we were able to visit a total of four --- and Gion district.

Kyoto once held the nation's capital status. The city is very famous for its shrines and temples that are still well-preserved and maintained for ages now. In terms of architecture, Japanese traditional houses are still prevalent even with the emergence of modernity.

Higashi Hongan-ji
Higashi Hongan-ji
geiko in Gion
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine

Day 3 – Tokyo
(via Shinkansen. From Kyoto Sta. to Tokyo Sta. – approx. 3 hrs.)

Got home tired with SD card full of photos.

1 comment:

Nashe^ said...

The Gion pic is just... wow.