I am sorry about the delay in this post, however it was an extremely long day for us, so once we got home we went straight to bed! But here it is:
We started our day at 5:30AM to make sure we were on the train from Hashimoto to Shinagawa by 6:00AM. We arrived in Shinagawa at about 7:20AM, which was perfect timing so we could find the platform for the Shinkansen (bullet train).
The best thing about this train is that it travels super fast, it’s quiet and it’s smooth. For those in Melbourne: We travelled the distance of Melbourne Central to Mildra (600km roughly) on a train which if done in Australia would take a whole day! Only took us…2.5 hours!
We arrived in Kyoto about 10:40AM and took another two trains to the Gion district which was about 20 minutes.
Kyoto is very much like every other city in Tokyo, it has tall buildings and loads of tourists. However the difference is that only 20 minutes out of the main station area, there are little side streets that look like traditional houses, they are cute and have traditional Japanese architecture.
The Gion district is also well known for Geishas and people wearing their kimonos. We didn’t see any Gieshas, but there were plenty of people wearing Kimonos.
While in Kyoto we went to the newly opened Pokemon Centre, which had more stuff and was so much better than Tokyo’s centre.
Later we went to Chinon-in Temple which held some amazing temples, buildings and gardens.
While at the shops I bought a Kimono…a very expensive kimono, a very beautiful kimono and obi!
By then it was time for our traditional tea ceremony. I had been so excited for this, I love matcha and tea, and always wanted to make sure I was making it and drinking it correctly. During the ceremony we couldn’t take photos, so just use your imagination here.
When I get home I’ll do a video on how to make and drink matcha properly, I won’t be able to do the ceremony as it is not my place to do so.
Travelling home was meant to only take 3-4 hours! We got on the first train from the Gion district at 5PM, we should have been home by 9:30PM, but our main train got delayed! We didn’t get back to our hotel until 12:30AM!
So basically today is our lazy day but I’ll still post a blog post anyway!
P.s. Here is today’s countdown! I can at least say I’ve done that and seen them!!