Today is the day we leave Kyoto, during our time here we saw everything that we had heard about prior to coming and more. The list includes the bamboo forest, which was spectacular, the Myoshinji Temple, the Ryoanji Temple, the Kodaiji Temple which was flooded with geisha girls, and probably the coolest of all is the Fushimi-Inari Shrine and all the 5000 shrine gates that came along with it. We walked for an hour through thousands of gates and nearly as many steps going up onto the side of a mountain, each gate having something different carved into it. All together I have liked Kyoto substantially better than Tokyo, although I would attest plenty of that to the fact that the hostel staff here were like 10x more helpful than the other one and recommended excellent restaurants that had the biggest glasses of beer I've ever seen as well as some amazing chicken and beef skewers (a traditional Japanese meal, who knew?) all for under 300 yen each (less than 3 dollars) and they also told us which temples were worth making the trip for. True life savers, they were. We don't want to take the 10 hour bus back to Tokyo for a mere 30 or 40 dollar price difference from the 2.5 hour bullet train. I can't wait to get to Thailand and meet up with Logan from the mountain on Koh Phangan. (The full moon party island) 28 degrees, here we come!