Tokyo guzzler: February 2015, part 2 – Kyoto, Yokohama and Faith No More!

February half term, 2015:

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Maz managed to get us backstage passes to see multi-Grammy nominated Faith No More. Festival headliners in their own right. It was unbelievably cool getting to go backstage post-gig to meet Bill Gould. What a bloody nice chap he was too. We had a beer with him and a chat for a good 20 minutes and I’m hopeful we’ll get to catch up with him again soon. And it was an awesome show too.

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Not your traditional type of houseboat.

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Rainbow Bridge, from our ferry trip to Odaiba. It was an awesome evening and it’s such a great place to see the sun setting over Fuji.

Early on the Wednesday morning of half term we set off for Kyoto on the Shinkansen:

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These bad boys travel at 200mph. I was skeptical at first, but I was won over by the end. The ride is unbelievably smooth, the seats recline right back, loads of leg room, quiet carriages. Pure comfort for the entirety.

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Kiyomizu-dera, high up in the hills overlooking Kyoto. Disappointingly though, most of the attraction was undergoing restoration before the peak season in March.

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The view overlooking Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera was amazing. Kyoto is surrounded on three sides by mountains. It didn’t really stop raining while we were there!

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Me at Fushimi Inari-taisha. There are over 10,000 torii here. Each of the torii (shrine gates) at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business to bring them good luck.

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I started counting but lost it quite early on.

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A rare moment of no-tourist tranquility!

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Bloody gert big torii to finish with.

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One of Kyoto’s many temples/shrines at night time. Kyoto is temple central in Japan.

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Kinkaku-ji – Golden Temple. Stunning in a rare moment of Kyoto sunshine.

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A traditional tea ceremony. Perfect for someone who loves his cups of tea.

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Tenryū-ji (don’t really have anything to say about that sorry!)

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I think by now we’d seen enough temples for one trip. So we took the bus to Arashiyama monkey park. The monkeys were literally running around our feet. It was a little scary at first, but we soon got used to them. We love monkeys so it was an amazing experience. And definitely our favourite part about Kyoto.

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“Gimme some apple!” We bought some food from the shop to feed the monkeys. They were so delicate taking it out our hands.

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Don’t let the blue sky fool you. It was perishing and had been raining, as the rainbow proves. Stunning outlook over Kyoto though.

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Sulking as he isn’t tall enough to look through the binoculars.

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On our return from Kyoto we went to Yokohama Chinatown for Chinese New Year. The streets were crowded as far as the eye could see. Spectacular colours.

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Bang the gong. Reminded me of my old job when the gong was struck to signify a deal being brought in.

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Randomly, we saw a lady with a trolley in which she had 2 meerkats! And she was feeding them McDonalds chips! Only in Japan…


One thought on “Tokyo guzzler: February 2015, part 2 – Kyoto, Yokohama and Faith No More!

  1. I am getting more excited about coming to see you with every blog. I´ll stick a stepladder in my luggage so the pink-faced monkey can reach the binocs.
    Lovely to see you enjoying life! Love, Marion
    Sent not from my i-phone but from my office on Diagonal!!!!!!


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