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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 9349 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #195 on: May 11, 2019, 02:53:12 AM »
Luxury, then!!!
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« Reply #196 on: May 11, 2019, 06:26:05 AM »
Sounds like your enjoying the visit to the japanese version of the national railway museum. Have you found the emperor's train.?

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« Reply #197 on: May 14, 2019, 05:59:20 AM »
....moving on, with my railway museum visit complete, it was time to retrace my steps back to the apartment. By now, my ankle was playing quite royally, and I'd built up quite a thirst. I'd become very partial to the various brands of Japanese beer (most of them similar in taste and alcohol content to Australian), and was looking forward to a cold one.

One thing that I had noticed over time, though... most of the bars I had encountered so far in the trip basically didn't open until 5pm, some not opening at all on some days. This can be a problem for blokes like me who enjoys a beer with his lunch.  :beers:

Anyway, Kyoto was no such town, and on the way back at around about 3.30pm I discovered this place:



It is a Yebisu bar, which I believe is a sort of brand name type of pub similar to Weatherspoons in the UK. Anyway, with an hour or so to kill before meeting back with Mrs B and Bealette, it was a welcome stop on the way back to rest my throbbing ankle  :smiley-laughing:

I was so impressed with the joint, I persuaded the Beals to have dinner there.

After a pleasant evening, a teary eyed Mrs B says goodbye to Bealette - this would be the last time we'd see her until her return to Oz - outside Kyoto station.

Anyway, next day was another lovely one weatherwise, which afforded a nice view of the Kyoto Tower,which has a peculiar bowl at the bottom of it, presumably to catch people who ignore the advice on the sign in post #136, and decide to take the quick way down....



....then a quick visit to the station, to book a train to Nara, a smaller town which, according to Bealette #1 who visited the place on her honeymoon, was worth a visit.

The station fore court was bustling:



With the train booked, and not due to leave until after lunch, it was back to see if Bealman's favourite bar was open:



Ah well, not long to wait....



I liked Kyoto. My kind of town:





I was just getting comfortable when it was time to catch a country train to Nara, so back to the station:



Once again, I'll rely on railsquid to supply details of this beastie.





Our little train was very reminiscent of the DMUs I used to ride between Darlington and Sunderland in my college days. It had come from our destination, Nara, so it was a simple matter of the driver changing ends and heading back there!



Once on board, we sat near the front for a driver's eye view, once again, just like you could do on those old DMUs in the UK.



....next, Nara!

« Last Edit: May 18, 2019, 01:44:22 AM by Bealman »
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« Reply #198 on: May 14, 2019, 06:08:01 AM »
Sounds like fun. What no vb?

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« Reply #199 on: May 14, 2019, 06:18:45 AM »
No VB!!

However, I can say with absolute certainty that I never had one bad beer in the three weeks I was there. They make a canny drop, the Japanese.  :beers:
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« Reply #200 on: May 14, 2019, 06:26:52 AM »
The dmu'slook fascinating. Extremely impressive. . . And comfortable. Thanks for the reminders of days past in the uk george when one could peer over the driver of the line ahead

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« Reply #201 on: May 14, 2019, 07:08:26 AM »


It is a Yebisu bar, which I believe is a sort of brand name type of pub similar to Weatherspoons in the UK. Anyway, with an hour or so to kill before meeting back with Mrs B and Bealette, it was a welcome stop on the way back to rest my throbbing ankle  :smiley-laughing:

"Yebisu", for obscure othographic historical reasons written with a silent "Y", is one of the "Big Four" beer companies (the others being Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo).

Never been in a Wetherspoons (I don't remember them from when I lived in the UK almost 30 years ago and I haven't beem there much in the last 15) but I imagine the "Hub" chain (like the one in Shinjuku) would be a closer equivalent.
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« Reply #202 on: May 14, 2019, 07:18:56 AM »
Well that explains why all the glasses had "YEBISU" on them. :beers:

Yes, when I think about it, the Hub "British" chain would be a better analogy to Wetherspoons.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #203 on: May 14, 2019, 07:33:22 AM »
I was just getting comfortable when it was time to catch a country train to Nara, so back to the station:



Once again, I'll rely on railsquid to supply details of this beastie.




You've got me there - off the top of my head all I can tell you is that is some sort of JR West limited express train.

The various JR regional companies have all gone their own ways as far as rolling stock goes, so while I have a reasonable idea of what was running pre-1987 (when the then JNR was "privatised" and split up into 6 regional companies),  up until when rolling stock was developed and deployed nationally (more-or-less, exceptions apply) I am not very au fait with recent developments outside the greater Tokyo area.
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« Reply #204 on: May 14, 2019, 07:52:47 AM »
Yeah, I noticed the JR west logo on the side.... does that mean my JR rail pass would have worked?

If it did I could have jumped on, and ended up at points unknown! Now that would have been exciting!
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« Reply #205 on: May 14, 2019, 07:58:43 AM »
thanks

trains looked intertesting.bet bealette did not thank dad for photoraphing her opening wide and showing us her chopstick technique !!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #206 on: May 14, 2019, 07:59:42 AM »
Mind, you when I think about it, everywhere I went was points unknown :worried:
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« Reply #207 on: May 14, 2019, 08:08:18 AM »
Yeah, I noticed the JR west logo on the side.... does that mean my JR rail pass would have worked?

Assuming you had the JR-wide one, they yes, it's valid for pretty much any train with "JR" on it, and a few other associated lines, not necessarily train ones. Not however private railway lines, municipal public transport etc.

If it did I could have jumped on, and ended up at points unknown! Now that would have been exciting!

In my younger (well less older) days when I still qualified for the JR pass, that was how I sometimes organised my travel :D
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« Reply #208 on: May 14, 2019, 08:08:49 AM »



I liked Kyoto. My kind of town:

Cor blimey; it's the next James Bond!

Fascinating stuff, George.  Thank you very much.

Best wishes.

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« Reply #209 on: May 14, 2019, 08:20:19 AM »
Whenever we arrived at a new place, my first stop would be a 7/11,  for 4 cans: one Kirin, one Sapporo, and two Asahi.

Guess which I preferred!  :beers:
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