Please read the rest of my posts about this vacation, first. I know it’s been months, as in three months, since I posted anything in this series. So here’s the next chapter. Kyoto was such an action-filled day, but there’s hardly any words. Really, just a whole lot of pictures. They mostly speak for themselves.
Day 8: Nintendo Building & Kyoto Sightseeing
We were running late for our day trip to Kyoto. Yes, we only left one day to go to Kyoto, sight-see, and make it back to Tokyo. We were in such a hurry to catch our train, that we paid no attention to the “reserved car” sign. We barely made it. We quickly realized the car we were in was much too posh for our tickets, so we made our way to the non-reserved car. We took the Nozomi train even though we had a JR Pass, it was the one that would get us to Kyoto in time to do the things we wanted.
We wandered around Kyoto looking for the Nintendo building for way too long. Alex and I got very restless and even had a little tiff. If you know me at all, you know that I hate feeling like I’m lost. On top of that, it was raining a little. It was quite annoying, and we had to find somewhere to buy an umbrella.
After we bought the umbrella at a convenience store, we looked over and we were RIGHT ACROSS the street from the Nintendo building! About time! Alex always used to say, as a child, that he would go to the Nintendo building in Japan some day. It was his silly childhood dream.
We couldn’t go in, of course. It’s just an office building. We took a picture with Pookie, and a couple of Japanese men driving by blatantly laughed at us. “Baka tourists travel half way across the world just to see a building they can’t go in.”
We ate lunch at a little café in Kyoto Station. Kyoto Station is such a nice station. After we exited though, we noticed there was a bus tour that we could get tickets for. The tour would be going to three popular attractions in Kyoto, and passing by a few others. We decided it would be the best use of our time, because we only had one day.
The first stop was Kiyomizudera, a gorgeous temple with the most amazing views.
The bus went to Ginkakuji next, and we took a short stroll around the grounds and then got to see the temple.
Before we got back on the bus, I enjoyed some hanami dango. I like mitarashi dango much more though!
The next stop was Kinkakuji. Alex made the joke that they even painted the fish gold. This building is so, so beautiful, it just makes you lost for words. Everyone was very quiet, all you could hear were camera shutters.
After we were finished at Kinkakuji, we were brought back to Kyoto Station. Our tour was over, and we were hungry for dinner! We ate a big dinner at a restaurant in Kyoto Station. I was so happy that I got to eat some yummy mitarashi dango!
As we were waiting for our train home, we looked down at a platform below us. There was such a crowd waiting for that train, we were so glad that we weren’t going wherever they were!
Thanks for reading this. I’m planning to wrap up this vacation series in the next couple of weeks, and then I will make a few posts in my Beauty for Poor Girls series, because I’ve been dying to do some topics!