Best Kyoto Experience: Stay in a Traditional Townhouse “Machiya” 京都包棟町家月輪こはく庵

Kyoto offers a wide range of accommodations – from chic capsule hostels to fancy hotels. I looked at a lot of options. Finally I decided that we would splurge a little and book a traditional townhouse! Staying in a rustic townhouse turned out to be a wonderful touch that made our trip complete.

You experience the charm of traditional Kyoto by walking around ancient temples during the day, and that experience doesn’t need to end when you head back to the hotel. Sleeping on Japanese futon on tatami floors in a traditional townhouse in a residential area is a unique experience you don’t want to miss. The fusion of old and new is fascinating. You would likely stay in a townhouse built a century ago while the fanciest gadget in the house is an overachieving toilet with a control panel as complicated as one for a space shuttle.

京都住宿的選擇很多,從文青風格膠囊旅館到豪華飯店都有,我找了很多選項,最後決定要奢侈一點住在傳統日式老房子!最後全家都覺得很值得,有讓京都之旅更完整的感覺,體驗傳統京都不只是白天逛寺廟,晚上回飯店還可以繼續,可以體驗卡通看到的自己鋪床睡在榻榻米和式房間裡真的很酷。

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18 Hours Layover in Tokyo, Japan

Hotel Nikko Narita breakfastOn my way back home from Pittsburgh to Taipei, my flight from Denver to Tokyo was delayed for two and a half hours. United Airlines customer service in Denver told me that the plane from Tokyo to Taipei might wait for me and  the other 10 people that were on the same boat as I was. As soon as I landed in Tokyo, I rushed to the temporary desk that United/ANA set up and gave the staff my boarding pass, hoping miraculously the plane waited around. When the nice Japanese customer service lady came back with a huge deck of documents instead of one single boarding pass, I knew I was going to stay overnight in Japan.

這次回家,從美國丹佛飛日本東京的班機誤點兩個半小時,聯合航空在丹佛的地勤說飛機可能會為了十一個人等一下。一降落東京,馬上衝到聯合和全日空的臨時櫃台,好不容易抓到一個有空的客服,把我的名字和班機號碼交給她,幻想東京飛台北這班飛機可能奇蹟出現真的蹲著等,結果客服回來拿著一整疊文件而不是一張薄薄登機證,一看到就知道我得要在東京過夜了。

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