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Nov 30, Christmas Fair 2013 at Tenshi no Sato

On Nov 30th we had a really simple plan: visit first day of Volks Christmas at Tenshi no Sato and then go back to Tokyo in the evening.

So we checked out of our hotel in the morning and rushed to Saga-Arashiyama station. Surprisingly I do not have any pictures of the line or initial purchase rush. We managed to get a couple of dolls and then went to have some tea with new seasonal cakes at Tenshi no Sato cafe:

Cakes at Sato
Chocolate roll
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Eikando: night and day

On Nov 28th we spend first half of the day going to Nara to get some mikan juice, and for the evening we decided to visit Eikando, a famous temple with a lot of nice fall foliage. The other benefit was that they were open at night, so we packed up our tripod and went there.

Pizza for breakfast
Pizza for breakfast.
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Kyoto: Arashiyama

On our previous visit to Kyoto we failed to get to the monkey park in Arashiyama, so this time on Nov 27th we decided to do it.

Kyoto Tower
On the way to the train at Kyoto station I looked back to take this Kyoto Tower picture.
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Visits to Kobe

On our third day in Kyoto we actually went to Kobe instead. We had an agreement with a friend to visit Kobe university supercomputer center, and also to see around while there and to visit another Volks store.

View from Shin Kobe station
We have arrived to the Shin-Kobe station initially, and this is the view out of the station window.
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Kyoto, days 1&2, Tenshi no Sato

On Saturday November 24th we boarded a very early shinkansen to Kyoto at 7am and have arrived at around 9:40am, checked into our hotel and rushed to Saga-Arashiyama station to meet with a friend and have some breakfast.

Lunch at SaganoYu - pancake
Pancake at SaganoYu restaurant.
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Tokyo in November

After coming to Tokyo nothing terribly excited happened. We wandered a bit around Akihabara first.

Akihabara


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Nikko, days 3 and 4

Third day started from breakfast too Wink

Breakfast


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Nikko, day 2

Breakfast on day two.

Breakfast


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Went to Japan, first day in Nikko

Earlier this month we went to Japan, for an extended period of time too.

This trip started with a visit to Nikko in the hopes to catch some of the fall colors there.

On November 7th our plane has arrived and for a change we used Keisei Skyliner to get out of Narita:

Keisei skyliner ticket
Skyliner ticket.
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Christmas in Tokyo, Christmas Illuminations

Continuing the previous Christmas Tokyo report.

On December 24th, on the Christmas eve we decided to go to Tokyo Lalaport shopping complex looking for yet another VOLKS shop.

JApanese street toilet
On the way to the subway we noticed this interesting public toilet. Looks like Japanese people are not very concerned about privacy.
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