First impressions of Kyoto…touristy! Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are a lot of great sites and sights, but I miss the vibe of Hiroshima or even Tokyo, where the tourist to local ratio was better.
It didn’t help matters that I joined a tour group for a morning tour. I did get to see a few important sites (Nijo castle, Golden Pavillion, and the Imperial Palace). Of these, the golden pavilion was by far the most impressive. Or at least the shiniest!
Afternoon, I headed for Oji. Note that Oji and Uji are two different places! People in Kyoto know about Uji but not Oji. After a few wrong trains, I made it to Oji and Guesthouse Yougendo. Met some of the other guests (all Aussies but for one girl from Taiwan).