We left Kyoto at 5am, and 24 hours later we’re home. The train ride back to Tokyo was nice and peaceful with lovely sunrise and views of Mount Fuji. After that I’d rather forget - suffice to say the incredibly efficient Japanese rail service FAILED us when we needed them most; made our flight with literally minutes to spare and spent the following 14 hours recovering from the stress.
Mikoan restaurant - words can’t adequately describe how much I loved this place. The amazing vegetarian Buddhist food, all cooked by one lady on a tiny stove behind the bar? The packed-to-the-rafters decor? The live-in family of tabby cats with TINY KITTEN?? I wanted to cry when we had to leave. Perfect meal for our final night in Japan.
Costume Museum - mini diorama of an emperor’s palace with dolls in costume
OMG, bumped into Leo, Josh’s buddy from London! W E I R D.
Just had perhaps the most special meal of my life, on our last night in Japan. No time to blog photos, need to pack ready to leave at 5am tomorrow :(
Reflection-view from dinner at Salvatore Cuomo Italian restaurant on the 10th floor of Isetan
Nara also has some of the most stunning temples so far; The Todaji with Japan’s biggest Buddha sculpture (it’s epically huge and not done justice by photos) and the Kasuga Shrine which had a lovely serene feeling and a gorgeous view.
Got the train out to Nara today, which has a park containing 1,200 deer! They’re so cute and tame enough that you can feed them. They wander all over the roads and up to the temples.
Downtown Kyoto by night
The startling array of buttons found on a Japanese toilet
Bamboo grove in Arashiyama
Arashiyama and the Tenryu-ji Temple
Finally tried a Boss coffee, to warm up while doing the Philosopher’s Path (a hot can of coffee from a vending machine = technology WIN). It was - as expected - completely disgusting.