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post #46 of 52
@nn yeah there weren't many western people there
when i went to naruko-onsen (really rural area) some schoolgirls looked really shocked when they saw me haha. it was kinda weird
i live near kyoto and i don't get much attention because of my foreignness there


did you take the last picture at jigokudani monkey park? did you stay in yamanouchi for a night? if yes could you recommend a hotel/ryokan?
i plan to go there in december


@t3hg0suazn

i'm not a big fan of udon or ramen, but there are some nice small noodle restaurants on 10th floor of the kyoto station building. between them is a small burger shop called "kobe gavly burger" where they sell pretty good burgers, they also have kobe-beef and foie gras-burgers. the kobebeef burger is 2000yen, the other ones start at 800yen.

regarding seights, i really recommend kozan-ji http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dzan-ji
nanzen-ji is also great
Edited by Zeemon - 7/23/14 at 1:59am
post #47 of 52

So I did a bunch of sightseeing today: was among first 10 people to get into Kinkaku-ji, so it was nice to get that picture-perfect view of the lake + temple before it got swarmed with tourists. The rest of the walk is average. Ryoan-ji was very pleasant; had not idea what the rock garden was going to be like, but sitting down and just staring at it for a while almost made me feel some Zen connection. Rest of the landscape garden was really nice too. Kozan-ji was really hard to get to, mostly because the 8 bus only runs once an hour and Google maps got the bus station location wrong so I waited 1.5 hrs for the bus. For the record, there's the Kyoto City 8 bus as well as a JR bus from Kyoto Station that go to Kozan-ji; Google doesn't seem to know about the JR (source: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3940.html). Aside from the long commute though, it was really nice. I didn't expect to get to experience the more mountainous parts of Japan, and the whole area was like a large forest - kind of reminded me of the Redwoods. 

My favorite temple so far is actually Ginkaku-ji. I live 30min walk away so I went on a weekday and was the first person inside. I preferred it over all the others because it was just a perfect example of Japanese harmony, the temples meshing together with the surrounding nature. It also just felt so well-curated and was just the right size to appreciate everything. 

 

Also went to Kobe Gavly Burger - I got the original Kobe Gavly burger. They said their patty is a mix of Kobe and Wagyu beef (which is kind of weird since Kobe is a type of Wagyu?). The 2000yen one was Wagyu steak (not patty) inside a bun which didn't seem that appealing to me. Burger was really good (not too large), better than most I've had in the states. I don't think I could tell that the beef was special or anything though. 

 

Although I must admit, part of what made my day was this:

 

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Edit: Nanzen-ji grounds are nice, lots of trees and nature, but Kozan-ji tops it. Only unique thing at Nanzen-ji is the aqueducts. Surrounding neighborhood is really nice and peaceful though. I'd also recommend the Heian Shrine gardens (you have to pay to get in). Pretty large with lots of interesting nature to see. I expect it's amazing when flowers are blooming. Kiyomizu is very touristy. Mostly interesting because its so large. I was more interested in all the free yatsuhashi samples nearby though, and all the other food stalls. 

 

Thanks for the recs guys!


Edited by t3hg0suazn - Today at 8:10 am
post #48 of 52
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Glad you enjoyed Northern Japan!! Doesn't get enough foreign visitors and it's all easily accessible from Tokyo!

Some of my pics: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Yamagata








Fukushima:




Niigata



Akita



Nagano

Amazing pics!  Thanks for sharing

post #49 of 52
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Downtown, islandsbrygge or christianshavn, I would personally avoid nørrebro, but other people love it.

 

So we ended up grabbing an airbnb on Nansensgade, a short walk from the Nørreport st metro stop. It looks like we will be close to the things we want to see, like Christiansborg and the Botanical Gardens, and it looks like everything else is within pretty reasonable distance on the metro. I looked at a couple places in christianshavn which I thought would be really cool, but it didn't look like we'd be as close to the action there, and it was a little more expensive.

 

What's the deal with nørrebro?

post #50 of 52
You should check out leather projects on nansensgade, ørstedparken a street over is known as the homo park, so don't be surprised if you see some action in the bushes while walking through at night.

Nørrebro has always been where the immigrants stay (right from the industrial revolution) and it has a lot of social issues, but it also has alot of artists and young people, so its an eclectic mix, it also has some great shops and restaurants (Jægersborggade, blågårdsplads, Sankt hans torv elmegade etc.), as the area is fairly cheap, so younger people can afford to start businesses.

The parts a little further out are a bit sketchy, if you ask me and not a place I spend too much time, eventhough I live close by.

Nørrebro was also for along time home to the only thai Michelin restaurant in the world.

@emilo can probably give you some club recs.
post #51 of 52

@Best Budz thank you so much for the Giro Giro rec - it was amazing. Every course hit all the right notes. I don't think it's traditional Japanese but the modern touches added were just my style. Definitely best meal I've had in Japan by far. And the price is unbeatable.

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