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Welcome to Day 10 of Janet, Randy and Family Japan Adventure 2016

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

We had an early start this morning as we wanted to get everyone to Fushimi Inari before it got too crowded.  Randy and I hit up the nearby Starbucks right at 7:00am (when it opened) to quickly have breakfast and get back to meet the rest of the crew at 7:30am.

We took the subway to Kyoto station and then the train to Fushimi Inari.  It was already busy when we got there, but not nearly as crazy as when Randy and I had been there 2 days before.  So, we wandered around the Tori gates again and took a few snaps of the family.

We were done at the shrine by 9:30am, and there wasn't anything specific planned to do for the rest of the day.  I threw out a few suggestions, but no one was overly interested.  So, we all headed back to Kyoto station - where we got some donuts and figured out what to do next.

Randy's aunts decided to head off and do some shopping at Bic Camera.  Randy's parents decided to check out the rest of the shops at the train station.  We hopped on a bus and decided to head to Yasaka Shrine and Marayuma Park (in the Gion District).

The bus stopped in the Gion district, so we wandered down the street through the shops before getting to Marayuma Park.  We wandered around the park and the shrine, taking pictures (and even stumbling across a Japanese wedding taking place at the shrine).  I think had arrived just after the start of the wedding, and the bride and groom were already in the shrine with all the guests.  We did get a photo from the outside.  See here

As we had seen previously, there were a number of Kimono rental shops in the Gion district as well, and a number of ladies and some guys wearing Kimono and taking their photos in the park and with the cherry blossoms. We had also gone into a few of the shops in the Gion District and noticed some very unique clothing/textile shops.  We even found one that had some cool covers for our phones so we grabbed a few.  We then caught a bus back to the Nishiki Market area to find a place to eat. 

Randy texted his parents (who were at the hotel) to come and meet us for lunch.  We ended up at a place called ChocoCro St. Marc Cafe.  It was basically a sandwichy type place with ice cream desserts.  I ended up with a hot dog type thing - but it was in more of a pastry crust than a bun.  Randy got a chicken bun - again it was more of a flaky bun.  They were both good and hit the spot.  We only needed something small, and more importantly a place to rest our feet for a while.

After lunch we headed back to the hotel.  On the way, we decided to check out this little supermarket called Fresco that was nearby.  It carried various grocery items such as fruits, veggies, meats, etc. (although, some items you wouldn't see at home).  But it had a very large section of take-away food.  Everything from sushi to fried rice to tempura.  If I hadn't just eaten lunch, I definitely would've bought some then and there.  If we had this type of selection at grocery stores at home - I would never need to cook again!  The selection was fab, and I'm sure it would take a while to exhaust the selection. 

We went back to our room and spent time downloading pictures and catching up on the journal.  Randy had a snooze, but I wasn't tired enough.  Likely I'll be falling asleep at 8pm instead (it's currently 8.45p as I update and she is still awake... barely).

We met up at 6:00pm with everyone and suggested going back to Fresco to get food for supper.  Everyone seemed to like the selection, so we all grabbed some food and brought it back to the hotel lobby (with some beer and sake) to have a picnic.  We ate in the lobby as there really isn't any other space in the hotel or anywhere else that we can go to have our grocery store meal.  The rooms are microscopic, so having 6 people in a room is not going to work.  I'm sure the hotel front desk staff just love us hanging out there.  We talked about the trip that Lil, Kay and Bea were going to take the next day, and then went back to our room to relax for the rest of the evening.


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