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Guest firth1974

Lost In Translation Trip Report 2015

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This is just a typical Q into a typical restaurant in this area. This place is very popular indeed.....................
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There is also a large, and when i say large i mean feckin' huge red light area here, mainly catering to the Jap crowd, but there are a few bars and clubs that allow Gaijin in to partake in the frolics................................... And they cater for all crowds in this area, if you like Potcha, you will like this club.........................
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This really is a money area, and not for the faint hearted............................
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As i said, something for everybody in this area..........................
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Early night tonight (well, when i say early, i mean before 2am), as im off to the historic and old capital city of Japan, Kyoto.

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I was in that area during an official business trip for a famous construction equipment manufacturer located there.

With 3 HKG chinese, 1 of them speaking fluently Japanese, and the boss, who "knows his way around" there..... Me only white guy

We went in a few places, lovely, rather private....girls are top notch.... wouldn't have liked to pick up the tab !

And being respectfull, I left first, so that they can go crazy their way, among them, without an embarrassing witness.

Was my first trip in Japan, I loved all of it, even the "pro" part.

Very, Very honorable people.

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DAY 17........................ And the one that got away!!

Off to Kyoto today, so quite an early start, and on a train by 08.00. I've decided on just taking the Rapid Express train today, not just because it is cheaper, but the Shinkansen only takes 14 mins from Osaka to Kyoto, so what is the point in paying 3500 Yen, when the Rapid train takes only 28 mins at a cost of 520 Yen. Makes sense to me.
You arrive, into what i can only call the biggest and most futurisic station i have ever arrived into.
Kyoto Station (京都駅 Kyōto-eki?) is a major railway station and transportation hub in Kyoto, Japan. It has Japan's second-largest station building (after Nagoya Station) and is one of the country's largest buildings, incorporating a shopping mall, hotel, movie theater, Isetan department store, and several local government facilities under one 15-story roof.
You may noticed that it bare's a striking resemblence to the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, and you would be correct, as it was designed by the same guy. This place is seriously impressive for a train station........................
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So, out the station i go, with my trusty map app on my phone, off to find the Higashiyama district in Kyoto. This is the old area of Kyoto, how most of Japan used to look and be like a couple of centuries ago.....................

On the way there i come across this charming little restaurant called Ask Me Cafe, run by a lone Japanese guy, who actually speaks really good english. The general jist is that he is there answer any questions you want answering. He also sells a very good fry up as well, and at a very good price, but the price escapes me right now.

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After brekkie, its onwards and upwards as i head off to find this old area. I think i might be in the right area, i start to come across some Geisha running their daily errands. And these were proper Geisha as well, not just some Jap tourists dressed up in kimodo's

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Luckily im here before the hordes of Japanese and Chinese tourists start to turn up, and mess up any chance i have of getting some decent photos.

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This place is absolutely lovely, with all these small little alley ways, and tucked away lanes, its beautiful.

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Open wide...............................!!

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They were shooting a TV ad when i was there, and i believe the translation was " Who needs the Bamboo bar when we are here waiting for you" LOL

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TBC..........................................

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Obviously you have put in a lot of preparation work for this trip.

Circuit, places to visit, transportation to use, etc....

Hat off !

Chapeau Monsieur !

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Obviously you have put in a lot of preparation work for this trip.

Circuit, places to visit, transportation to use, etc....

Hat off !

Chapeau Monsieur !

I did quite a bit, yeah.

From some great info from 2 BM's on other boards, that actually ive in Japan.

For the 1st time in 15 years, i also bought 2 travel guides off eBay for Korea and Japan. That really helped me out too!

Plus a great website for train travel in Japan, https://www.rome2rio.com/This site is great, with correct prices, and timings.

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Aaah, Kyoto, I really, really promise myself one day I will do Kyoto at Cherry Blossom Festival time ,which is around March I think?

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Hi Chris,

What's the score with currency mate? Did you just take cash and change it there? Best place to change cash also?

Also I understand our cards only work in some ATM's, do you know which banks accept them and whether both CC and debit cards can be used to withdraw?

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Stunning pics, excellent report!

Thanks for taking all the time to put it together.

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