Having mastered Tokyo (yeah right), today we headed off for a new adventure. We shared a couple photos of us marching to the train station, bags in tow! We tried to stay to the left of the yellow line that marked the city streets. It represented either a separation between commute walkers and strollers, a bike lane or a suggestion for coming and going. Ah what would life be without mysteries!
We got to the train station and picked up a bento box for breakfast. Shauna's had veggies, my box had pork...a good start to the morning.
Tokyo to Kyoto on the Japan Railways' Shinkansen (bullet train) was crazy fast, clean and comfortable. We didn't notice the train was traveling at a high rate of speed, until we tried to get a glimpse of the countryside and then it was gone. We could only see the base of Mount Fuji - the cloud cover was thick. We get another shot on the way back to Tokyo!
We arrived in Kyoto and found our ryokan (with wireless in the lobby)! We headed out to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the garden. The cherry blossoms and Japanese maple are just starting to come out. We sat on tatami mats in the garden to have some lunch. Sitting on the ground to eat inevitably reminds one that sticking to yoga could have helped because it's bad to move quickly to prevent a leg cramp while there is steaming soup on the table. We then walked through Gion - the older part of town where some dress up as geishas... We had ice cream instead and then the weary travelers headed back to the ryokan and we are feeling weary (or Shinkansened - moving so fast you can't keep up)!