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Day 4 and 5 Kyoto

I had to do a lot of the boring stuff like washing clothes and pack so my luggage didn’t weigh to much *yarn* 😀 It actually turned out to be quite a challenge since I’d almost 50 kg luggage when I arrived to Kyoto (some was food too) and had to reduce it to 37 kg. I’d to leave some stuff behind I wasn’t happy about but the world is still working 😉 As soon as that was done I left for Arashiyama in the western outskirt of Kyoto just by the foot of a mountain.

I was lucky again that JR-railway had a train out there so ones again my JR pass gave me a free ride. It took about 30 minutes to get there from the center of Kyoto.

First I went to the zen temple Tenryu-ji  and it had some spectacular temple rooms and an amazing zen-garden really to die for but unfortunately this clearly was a money machine for them in a way that made me leave without having seen it all. Every little thing cost and I prefer to buy a ticket and then I’ve access to it all. I don’t mind paying the price but when you for “every step” you take have to pay more I get irritated. In all a very beautiful place but I’ve seen more beautiful temples than this in Kyoto.

The Bamboo grove was just at the end of the Tenryu-ji famous garden and I came for the bamboo forest and I loved it. I love bamboos and even in rain weather it was still amazing.

On the way back I went through the shopping area and walked the bridge to the other side to get some interesting pictures and it was really lovely. It’s a tourist street but in the cute country way.

I had one of those clumsy days so I managed to poke several people with my umbrella 😀 fortunately Japanese are very polite and the tourists didn’t say anything 😀

I also managed to see the imperial palace and to my huge surprise the out door area around the castle was open to the public. It was so interesting to be inside the wall and get a glimpse of the lifestyle. The biggest surprise was that it was free in spite of all the staff they had on the place. Even without entrance to the castle it had been amazing just seeing the garden around.

Day 1 and 2 in Tokyo

The first day I arrived in the evening so much day it wasn’t but I found the hotel and love it. I found some food and went to bed.

Day two was a wizard day – the only plan I had was to find the tourist office and then take it from there since it was pouring down. I didn’t understand where people were on the street but I found a system of under ground streets and there people were, lots of shops and very efficient. Since I started my day a little late I went for lunch and found a fruit restaurant where I got beef with fruit and rice. It actually tasted amazing.

At the tourist office I got a city map and decided to visit a very famous hot spring / onsen in the area of Obaida. I also learned that I can ride for free in the JR lines because of my Japan Rail Pass.

Going to the Obaida area was a good choice since it wasn’t raining there. The onsen was easy to find but since I’ve two very small tattoos I was asked to leave so that was a bummer but nothing is so bad that it’s not good. The area was amazing and got some good pictures. I got my feet done, got a new umbrella since the old one died suddenly.

Around 16 I took the boat back to the mainland and enjoyed the incredible view from the water front. From there I found the subway and went to a huge temple where there was a ceremony and 10 monks was chanting. It was so uplifting to listen to. After I went to the Tokyo Tower where I reach to get up before the daylight disappeared. Up in the tower mayhem was on because they were producing a TV-show but I found a place to sit and waited for the darkness so I got pictures in the night too.

Since it was a long day and it had started raining again, therefore I headed back to the hotel, but first I needed some more food. It was so happy when I was in my cell again because I had been walking a lot and my legs and bag was hurting and needed the rest 😀

Tokyo is definitely a big city and the mentality of people is different but they are still very helpful when I ask for help.

Day 1 touring Japan

Ok yesterday was one weird day but in the good way and it ended up showing how amazing the Japanese people are.

Yesterday I left the temple I’ve been staying in for 45 days. Next stop Hiroshima where I’m staying for 3 nights.

I was accompanied by Pierre from the temple to Oita and Jiho had a ceremony close to Oita so we only had to take the train for a short while.

In Oita station I was gladly surprises because I had ordered my Japan Rail Pass after I entered Japan and that is not according to procedure but no problem at all. This is an amazing thing because now I can travel around in Japan for the next 14 days as I feel like. Here in Hiroshima I even can use the sightseeing buses for free.

I locked my luggage in a locker and we used a couple of hours in Oita together and ate at one of my favorite places (they have an amazing orange jelly).

Then the fun started 😀 I got on the wrong sonic train – apparently there were two trains going at the same time so I found the conductor and he places me in a seat that wasn’t reserved and all was good until I woke up heard Kokura on the speaker and the time was correct according to my ticket. I jumped up and took my stuff and managed to get out of the train before it left again … on the wrong station (one to early). I went down to the ticket booth and explained that I made a mistake and without anything but a smile I got new tickets to Hiroshima.

Here there were a tourist information and I showed this lovely lady the address on my hostel. She told me to take the sightseeing bus to the Bomb Dome and explained me about the free use of the bus because I’ve my Japan Rail Pass. I was a bit confused by it because I thought I had booked a hostel close to the train station. While driving there it began to rain massively. Wrong place 😀
Ok what to do so I took a cap and it wasn’t much fortunately.

The hostel (K’s house) is amazing and mainly European and American guest so it’s social too. The standard is high but it’s so weird to sleep in a normal bed again. I miss my futon and tatamis 🙂

The evening went with getting settled and find some food and making origami with 3 other guests. That was so lovely because I’d prepared myself on being “alone” the next 14 days because I’m traveling alone and the hostel I stayed at in Osaka had guest that didn’t socialize.

I went to bed at 10 pm when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more.

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