All Aboard the Shinkansen, 30th August 2017

  • Leave Mount Fuji
  • Travel to Kyoto

We decided to have a little lie until 9.30am to rest our bodies from the hike before which helped but we could feel the aches from the day before. We got breakfast and then checked out as we were heading to Kyoto. The most direct route was a bus to Mishima and then a bullet train to Kyoto. We had to pay 2260 Yen (£16) for the bus and then our pass would cover the second part. Its slightly frustrating as we paid just less than £400 for our passes but it doesn’t seem to ever cover a full journey. In hein sight it would have worked out cheaper to just pay for our travel as we went but it has saved us a lot of faffing around buying tickets all the time.

We walked to the train station and found the bus stop and soon boarded a coach to Mishami which took us around 1.5 hours. Once we arrived at Mishima we had some time before we would get on our first Shinkansen/ Bullet Train in Japan. So we got some lunch and then headed to the platform. The Streamline train soon arrived and we took our allocated seats.

Waiting for the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
The Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

It would take 2.5 hours to get to Kyoto from Mishima. We shot through more rural areas of japan where the mountain ranges provided a fantastic backdrop to the rice fields and housing.

We arrived in kyoto and then we caught the subway to stops to where our accommodation was ‘kete guest house’ the city seemed very different to Tokyo at first look. It wasnt as busy the streets were wider and there were more authentic Japanese buildings mixed in with modern ones. We walked down a few back streets to get to our place and passed many wooden shops which sold kimonos, fans and various other Japanese items. This is how I imagined Japan would be. The city held onto its roots but with a modern twist. 

We checked into our Japanese style room equipped with chairs with no legs and what looked like a comfier futon than we had had previously. Then we headed out for some food we found a small Japanese place which had two electronic ordering machines in the front of the restaurant. Everything was in Japanese but had pictures so we could make an educated guess to what things were. Then we were given tickets and a waiter came round and collected them once we had taken a seat. Soon two sizzling dishes of meat, vegetables and beansprouts were delivered each with a side of miso soup and some refrigerated tofu which was like a tasteless cheesecake with a garnish of spring onions.

Japanese Style room, Kete Guest House
Our first meal in Kyoto

After this we headed in search of Japanese style bar which the gueshouse had recommended. We got lost in the rabbit warren of back streets but soon found the bar which was more of a restaurant but we were sat at a long bar in front of the open kitchen. You could see the chefs cooking which was good. Everytime you go into a restaurant in Japan everyone that works there says hello including the chefs. The chefs seem happy and I suppose as they are more involved in the service they are rather than being hidden away in a kitchen at the back.

We ordered a glass of Sake each (Japanese rice wine) and soon one of the servers came over with a huge bottle and filled the glass until it flowed down the sides and filled the dish below. Then they said you had to take a couple of sips from the glass and then fill it up with the remains in the dish. This Sake tasted much better than the one we had before so didn’t feel like it was killing all of your tastebuds.

Sake
Becky pretending to enjoy the Sake

After this we left and soon found a craft beer bar which we stopped and had a Japanese beer in before calling it a night. It had been a brilliant introduction to Kyoto and we were both excited for the days ahead.

 

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