“ Kyoto at the start of fall. ”
Toichi picked us up in our Namba hotel at 10 am & took a train ride to Kyoto. I'm really glad we hired him because unlike our 1st trip to Kyoto 2015, we kind of wandered around the city on our own & didn't see much. Aside from his surprisingly great english skills being western educated, knowledge of Japan's history, both friendly & accomodating; with Toichi, we got to see the major attractions like the Inari Shrine, Hojo Rock Garden, Isuien Garden, experienced a traditional Kyoto lunch, saw the ongoing Yayaoi Kusama art exhibit, Gion-geisha town, Imperial Palace and at 4 pm headed off to Bamboo Grove in Arashimaya. Toichi made sure to include my preference for landscapes & art. The cab rides in between sites in Kyoto allowed us to cover much. We headed back to Namba by train at 6pm with a more concrete understanding of Kyoto's importance in Japan's history, aside of course from all the quaint & beautiful visuals unique to Kyoto.