Shopping in Japan, June 2015
The downside to
Japan is that you get condensed (tin) milk with your
Who can say no to
scones and jam?
a shopping complex attached to Kyoto Railway Station and
it is full of shops for you to sample
It was raining on Friday 26th June in Kyoto so shopping meant not getting wet.
out is by 11:00 am in Japanese
hotels so be aware of this... We witnessed foreigners
complaining about this, but this is the rule in Japan.
over to the Hotel Keihan in the rain, our rooms would not
be ready, and so we deposited our bags with reception.
There's a large
area within the railway station mall devoted to biscuits
and cakes... These make excellent presents and the stall
attendants are skilled at wrapping them to perfection.
My companion was
loaded up with many shopping bags and had to return to
the hotel to unload them.
I enjoyed the ambience of the tea shop for too short a time as my companion and Kotaro returned to pick me up.
We took a taxi back
to Nishiki Market to have lunch, and then we whiled away
the afternoon doing more shopping.
Lunch was to be in
a small Japanese restaurant, we ordered but then a
circuit breaker kept popping leaving the place in the
dark without power... The proprietor closed it.
After a lot of
walking, I left Kotaro and my companion to carry on
shopping and I took the bus back to the railway station.
I do not
have a lot of money and so I spend it very carefully.
Of course I bought a lot of biscuits and cakes at the mall next to Isetan, and then I walked to the Aeon Mall and had a look around.
cameras are a lot cheaper in Japan, and I noticed that
they still sold new cameras that are out of date.
I returned from my
shopping excursion at 12:10 pm and was ushered straight
on to a bus to Kansai airport to be there early for our
flight back to Vancouver.
Tanjobi desu. Return to Osaka
I was hoping to see countryside but I was disappointed
Kotaro turned up with his son to see us off, but instead he drove us back into Osaka.
I think that these roads are toll roads, but they are very good
We took a taxi to a popular restaurant district, I wanted to visit the Thai restaurant we saw that first night, but I was out voted. My birthday forgotten.
Unlike Vancouver, Kyoto and Osaka have an efficient, easy, and modern road system that allows you to travel quickly between and within these cities.
The bus took an hour and a half to travel from outside our hotel in Kyoto to Terminal 1 at Kansai Airport.
My birthday plans were dashed when I read the notice below
Back to Canada
|We took a taxi for a minimum
cost (680 Yen) ride to the Hankyu Sai Hotel to catch one
of the regular buses to Kansai Airport from there.
The bus costs 1550 Yen for this journey.
They fill the bus, and then a few as there are seats that can be opened into the aisle... This of course blocks access to the loo at the back.
Once again the journey is quick as you're
never more than two or three traffic lights from escape
onto a highway.
Air Canada Rouge
I'm impressed, Air
Canada Rouge is much much better than my last experience
on a long haul Air Canada flight a few years ago from
Hong Kong to Vancouver.
After departure I looked down on Japan to see coastal towns split by mountain lines with extensive population... Made me wonder about Japan's troubles with a declining population.
My Chiang Mai girl was stolen with a box of memory items when I moved into this apartment in Langley
There's a good selection of programming on these flights
'Not a realistic movie, but entertaining, and seeing England again was interesting
It was easy
through customs and immigration as there were only two
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