We spent our final night in Japan at Mizunoto – a modern style ryokan.
We were up early today and headed to Arashiyama to wander the bamboo forest and explore Okochi Sanso. Here are some photos:
We arrived in Kyoto yesterday afternoon after several train journeys. We headed straight out to a sake bar where I had booked us into sake tasting. It was great to learn more about the Japanese drink.
We stayed at Cortina Apartments for 6 nights. Cortina is in the Hukuba area and has loads of ski resorts. Our apartments were luxe and spacious and our host Jason was friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend Cortina Apartments to anyone traveling to Hukuba. We spent the days snowboarding (them) and learning/trying to ski (me). Note: Aaron is a better ski teacher than the actual ski instructors even though he’s never skied! We spent the evenings trying local restaurants – sushi, yakatori or staying in for two minute noodles and snow cold asahi. We took onsens, played cards and kept warm inside watching movies. Here are some photos:
After a slower start, we headed to the Japanese Sword Museum – no photos allowed. I waited in the foyer as this museum didn’t interest me much. When then headed to Cat street – a really cute street filled with shops and eateries:
The things you see.
We did a full day today! 30021 steps! We started with a coffee at about life coffee
Our first stop was Unlimited Coffee Bar near SkyTree. The barista was amazing – the milk is poured at your table while you watch!
First stop: unlimited coffee