In the morning I’d jumped on a Shinkansen and then a local train to get to Hikone to explore the castle and surrounding area.
It was a hard slog given the temperature and number of steps it took to get upto the castle, but it was worth it.
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As I wandered back towards the station to return to Kyoto I was looking out for somewhere to eat but nothing stuck out so I decided to wait until I returned to Kyoto to have lunch.
I chose to take the slower local train back to Kyoto as I was just looking for air conditioning by this stage!
The major train stations in Japan are little cities – full of shopping and places to eat. So I knew I’d get something good.
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It was the end of my first full day in Japan and after the Shinkansen trip from Tokyo to Kyoto, and having checked into my hotel, I was looking for my first real Japanese meal.
I jumped on the subway and headed one station east to Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station near the Kamo River.
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A great hotel, great location, a quick walk to Tameike-Sanno Subway Station and a little further away from Akasaka Subway Station.
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As the Shinkansen from Kanazawa pulled into Nagano Station I studied my google map to make sure that I headed in the direction of my hotel. I thought I’d kept track of the turns that I’d taken but proceeded to exit the wrong side of the station. It took be a couple of minutes to get my bearings but I soon saw the signs directing me to Hotel Metropolitan Nagano right next to Nagano Station.
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After the relatively long, and slow, train trip from Shin-Osaka to Kanazawa, I popped out of Kanazawa station and spied the ANA Crowne Plaza about 200 metres away.
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