Arriving at Kyoto we found an 'English friendly taxi' He took us to our hotel - Hotel Inn Gion the second. Even though we were early they let us check in. How lovely is our room!
We went out and about at night to find somewhere to eat. It was all quite dark and you couldnt see into the restaurants. Eventually we found Chauo Chauo so we went in and sat round a counter and had gyoza and rice, so so lovely. For me this was quite brave. I really feel uneasy eating in company if i dont know them so sitting round a counter was an adventure!
Every day just kept getting better and better! First was the breakfast in our hotel i went for the japanese option. Lovely fish and bean thing and rice and seaweed with tea. Fair filled me up. We had thought we would head to the Kyoto museum and thats where we headed off too. We were walking down a main street when i realised we were at the shopping mall which had the Hidden needle shop - Misuyabari, in it. I said to Scoobs could we have a look for it because i thought it might take more than one go to find it. So off we went. The shopping mall was long and colouful.
I might have squealed a bit :-) I recognised this door immediately from all the blog posts i had read about it.
There is a small beautiful garden with oranges on the trees for the birds.
The small travel sewing kits are insanely beautiful. He urges you to pull them our to see all the contents. I picked a black and white case.
We saw we were beside the Nikishimi food/fish market so took a wander down there. how wonderrful it was.
Lots of stalls either side about 70% street foos and 30% gifts etc. You had to eat at the stall yhou bought the food from, no eating and walking! We walked the length first taking it all in then walked back down to choose our food.
First we had fried chicken.
Then shrimp on a stick