Welcome to Kyoto
We left the hostel in Tokyo at about 9 AM yesterday morning. The only problem with that was that our Shinkansen didn’t arrive until 2 PM. We got to the station at something like 11 AM, and I asked the guy at the station if our tickets were okay, and he looked at me like I was dumb, or like he was really confused, and he said, “Yes, they’re okay… but… your train doesn’t arrive until 2 PM.” So, I had to say to him in Japanese, “Yes, we’re a bit early, I understand.” And when I explained in his language that I understood then he let us pass through with no further questions.
So, there we sat in the train station for about three hours. But that was okay. No big deal. It was just like sitting and waiting for the airplane. And what else were we going to do? We had all that luggage. Even if we did go somewhere else fun, it would have been a huge pain in the butt with all the luggage.
But when the Shinkansen arrived, we were all about getting on that thing. Ready to go! Most of what could have been seen from the window of the train were more and more thinned-out cities, with the buildings becoming more and more classic Japan in style. By the time we got to Kyoto, buildings had started to become closer and closer together again. But not nearly as much as they were in Tokyo. Kyoto, as a city. strikes me a bit as Tokyo without all the make-up… you know, more a more natural lady.
It was a bit late in the day, and the sun was already beginning to fall. We went to a ramen place… again… (we should really find some better place to eat, it’s just that we get hungry and they’re everywhere just when we’re hungry). And then we walked around the grounds of a temple, but it was already closed, so we couldn’t go in. So, you know what we did? Played around at a 50 yen arcade. That wasn’t what we came to do in Kyoto, but it was already dark, and MOST OF US don’t drink or anything.
Can’t say we did much of anything else thrilling, but today should be much better. Eventually, I’ll be making an entry linking to these blogs, pictures, and videos, etc. Be looking forward to that.