After some internet difficulties in Kyoto – there always seems to be some internet issue doesn’t there? – I’m back! Thanks to everyone who has been following this blog, it’s been a lot of fun writing it and sharing the wonderful things I am experiencing.
When I last left you, I was departing Shizuoka on a full stomach to Kyoto. After I checked in to my hostel, I took a train to the sleepy town of Yamazaki, where I went on a tour of Suntory’s Yamazaki Brewery, makers of one of the world’s best whiskeys. For those not familiar with the brand, it was the whiskey that Bill Murray’s character promoted in Lost in Translation.
The brewery has over 7,000 bottles on whiskey on display and more than a few barrels.
Plus there’s a tasting after the tour of some of the brewery’s finer brands – all for free. I highly recommend it for whiskey fans.
The crowds there were crazy so I had to escape and find serenity. I ventured over to Nara, sight of Todai-ji Temple, which houses an enormous Buddha statue. But on the walk over there are tons of tame deer, who flock to you if you have food in hand. This lady had no idea what she was getting into!
After that whirlwind tour of Kyoto, I arrived in Osaka today. It was straight to the Kaiyukan Aquarium, which is one of the largest in the world. There’s sea otters, seals, manta rays, even two whale sharks that you see throughout the aquarium. Check out these guys – eat your heart out Kahala Mandarin!
Keep checking back for more updates, you won’t regret it!