Ohayou! (apparently I've been spelling it wrong, whoops)
Today Joe and I have gotten a lot done in the lovely sunshine of Kyoto. Completely different from yesterday, we had zero percent chance of rain all day! Let me say that again; ZERO chance.
So we went up Kyoto tower, which is around 100m high, and had a look out over the city. There were binoculars and so Joe and I had lots of fun following cars and people and looking at temples in the distance. We found out that there's a lovely garden just next to our hostel, which we had no idea about before!
Then we started the walking tour of Kyoto, which was great. Plenty of temples, shrines, bamboo forests - and the Pagoda pictured with this entry. We also looked around some really nice shops (keikashi dolls, kimonos, Japanese tea sets) and tried Cherry Blossom icecream. There was a lake with even bigger carp than those in the Imperial Park (one of them was ginger), and then we strolled down the exclusive Gion, where if you're lucky you might spot Geisha, and the expensive Shijo-dori, with all its luxury restraunts and department stores.
None of that posh nosh for us; near the hostel is a great place that served up exactly what we wanted; inexpensive mean/rice/soup dishes (we haven't had these for a while, opting instead for the on-the-go food, bento). Very tasty indeed.
Tomorrow we're going further afield to see some of the major Kyoto sights. It's our last day here, but there's a very good chance we'll be coming back when we're in Osaka.