Sunday, August 2, 2009
Well, having seen 2 imperial castles already, I can't say I expected too see anything else too nice from the castle department.
Man was I wrong...
West of Kyoto
West of Osaka
West of Nara
Lies the Castle Himeji. Also known as the the White Heron is towers over the small town that surrounds it.
Honestly...it's almost out of a fairy tale. It towers over the surrounding country side and town. This castle put me in officially into castle overload....I mean...in order for me to take another picture of the castle...it has to be cooler than this one.
Good luck on that...
Afterwards, I caught the train back towards Kyoto. But first I took a brief stop in a little town called Kobe.
So according to my traveling bible (aka Lonely Planet-Japan) there is just one place to eat a real Kobe steak...and that's in Kobe. However, the list just one restaurant in Kobe...a restaurant that's clientele was half backpack wielding hauling gaijin (aka foreigners)
I happened to be seated next to 2 Canadian Med students. The Japanese chef took our orders and set about grilling vegetables and garlic. Eventually, he grilled the steaks in front of us. The others had already started and judging by their cloth bibs I was reminded by that classic dieting adage..."if you're note sure about something, rub it against a piece of paper. If the paper turns clears..."you know that it's good to eat.
While I can say the steak was delicious, was it worth the hype.
Now, oh...and while I was usually looking for fun looking souvenirs...the Fuji climbing Canadian med students I sat next to, stole there grease covered bibs...
I headed back to Kyoto and caught the sleeper bus back to Tokyo.