Pretty Nagoya.

After a well spent day in between little towns, we headed to Nagoya.

Nagoya is big and very business-y like. One of the first things we saw when we go there was a lady laying on the floor and a few of her friends surrounding her. I got immediately worried, but figured the situation was completely under control — as in, calling an ambulance an such — turns out she was out drunk, and everyone was laughing and behaving as if that was completely normal! Turns out, it is…

We would only be in Nagoya for a day, to visit the castle. We were incredibly tired, and we just wanted to get a good night sleep — the hotel we stayed in for the night before was decent, just on the verge of bad and we couldn’t really rest properly.

The castle is amazing! It reminded us a lot of Osaka’s castle, but of course this one was completely different in every detail inside and out. Golden carps were everywhere and there was a reenacting of ancient times, with samurais strolling around and old shops all over.

Nagoya castle up ahead!

these guys really like gold leaf!

Just jaw dropping.
There was a line to take pictures with the carp. I mean, of course there was.

An old… shop? I think this had to do with official documents, of some sort…
A samurai!

Back to the station.

After Nagoya we headed for Kyoto, where we got to the hotel (really really nice one) and finally had a well deserved nap. At dinner time, we went out and revived our memories from Kyoto with a bowl of delicious cold ramen. Absolutely scrumptious. I can still remember the flavour of everything in that bowl!

Behold! the holy grail of cold ramen!
The crab of Kyoto.
If only I could read this… In fact in some restaurants even if you know Japanese, gaijin (foreigners) are not welcome inside! It’s not about being rude, but because it’s just too much trouble to try to translate everything, and some things don’t even have a proper translation…
This was on the floor, in front of a restaurant door.

Oh how I wish I had that bow of cold ramen for dinner tonight. I won’t.