An April 2000 trip
to Kyoto by albrigi
Quote: No person can claim to understand this planet until they have visited the east, where most of the world's population resides. The people are so different from what we consider the "norm" in the west. They look different, act different, think different, eat different, dress different. We soon realized why our worlds are so different and always will be. Yet, people all over the world are still human and finding ways to communicate and connect with each other, while challenging, proved to be most rewarding. To learn more, read on ...
Kyoto is the Florence of Japan; the city vibrates with creative energy. For over 1,000 years, skilled craftsmen, wise masters and promising young artists have come here to find fame and fortune. The city certainly contains many of Japan's finest art and architectural treasures.
We are fortunate to stay at one of the most famous - The Tawaraya Ryokan, which has been in the same family for 11 generations. There is a beautiful and completely private garden right outside our bedroom. We walk around our room without shoes on tatami mats. Design is spare in the extreme. Upon arriving back after a weary day of sight seeing, a hot bath, already drawn, awaits. But, one always takes a soapy hot shower before soaking in that glorious bath. In the rooms, all modern conveniences are hidden. There are covers over the television, phone, refrigerator, even the toilet paper holder. Imagine a toilet that is the highest of high tech gadgets. One has to really search for hidden treasures such as the air conditioning control or electrical outlets, all of which are at ground level to keep them unobtrusive. Our personal lady-in-waiting, Ito is always on hand to bring us cups of the finest green tea or to lay out our futons. Dinner is always available to be served in the room after a long day of sightseeing.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000
The Tawaraya Ryokan
Attraction | "Kyoto's Gardens"
Kyoto Prefectural Botannical Gardens
+81 075 701 0141
Attraction | "Other Sights"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000