Staying the night with the generous Zen monks of Sōji-ji was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. There's sometimes advantages to showing up unannounced on bicycles.
"I'd love to see you post on how to pack for a tour -- especially the clothing part. What works, what doesn't. I know that I tend to pack clothes that look good in only a narrow range of situations, but then again, I sleep in ditches." Ok, here's that post.
Spared being flattened in World War Two and out on the edge of 'Japan' (as far as I can tell), Kanazawa is known as a "Little Kyoto". I haven't been to them all, so I can't say how apt this sobriquet is.
We finally arrive in Kanazawa where we'll begin our trek to the Noto Peninsula.
While I sip coffee, Vic earns the gratitude of the ladies who lunch. Or breakfast, as the case may be.
Two days into our tour and we're over the spine of Japan ready for a ride along the sea.
"If we just stay one more day..." was our most common refrain in Kyoto, a city I very much felt engaged with.
One reason we had a hard time leaving Kyoto was that we rented a great traditional house off of VRBO. What a swell way to stay in Kyoto!