Kyoto, Japan – the final stop on my journey through Asia, and certainly a beautiful one. I had just spent 5 days in Tokyo with friends, and although I really really really loved Tokyo, I wanted to experience riding on the bullet train, and wanted to see the Japanese cultural capital of Kyoto.
Although Kyoto was very very beautiful, I only spent one day there – When I arrived, I realized that I really wanted more time in Tokyo, and would rather return to Kyoto when i could spend a lot more time, more than I had left in my trip. However, my one single day in Kyoto was beautiful – I got up early in the morning, took a bus to the north side of town, and then spent the rest of the day walking back to K’s House Hostel, where I was staying.
To get from Tokyo to Kyoto, I took the Shinkansen bullet train – it was fast, and expensive! My dinner that night was a boxed dinner from a local vendor – nice and neat.
Temples, everywhere. All beautiful.
As serenely beautiful as Kyoto was, there was also a huge amount of tourists on some of the main streets. Notably, there’s a huge business of selling boxed pastries and food items, pre-packaged to give as gifts. Also notably, it was at the end of the day on my day in Kyoto that my Sony RX100 camera died on me. I’m glad it hung in there until almost the end!
After a day in Kyoto, I briefly returned to Tokyo, and then got on my flight to head back to the USA.