Kyoto Arrivals

June 3, 2015

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So we arrived in Kyoto, after a nice couple of days in Matsumoto, at about 7:30PM. The station was big and coming out into the Kyoto night time, where people swarmed everywhere in trendy clothes and the neon lights of the Kyoto tower dazzled us along with the lights that lined the streets pointing the way to the entrance.

Too knackered to think about navigating the tubes to Keage, where our Air BNB apartment was located, we decided to get a taxi. Taxis in Japan are so cool, they emanate style. Long boxey Toyota cars with neon lights on top and a neon light to show you if they’re available in Kanji characters. The doors are pneumatic so the driver opens them from the driver seat by pushing a button. This creates a kind of Knightrider style coolness as it feels like the car opens itself for you. It cost us roughly 2000 Yen to get up to the apartment.

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Air BNB is definitely the cheapest option in Japan, they also tend not to get booked up as fast, maybe they’re a bit of a secret at the moment. You can get a decent little room for the equivalent of between £10-£30. For us, it’s been a brilliant chance to have a little base and create a bit of independence in the cities that we’ve visited.

Keage turned out to be a great spot in Kyoto. It’s on the Tozai subway line, which is one of the biggest in Kyoto, it’s close to the Philosopher’s Path, the Heian Shrine, and there are loads of forests with temples dotted around them to explore. We’ll be telling you all about them in the next few posts. We ate breakfast and dinner in the flat and ate lunch out. It saved us a lot of money! There was a great little restaurant called ‘Kick Up’ next to the station which was a kind of American/Japanese hybrid dive bar, serving great drinks and even better American bar food amongst Japanese furniture. We had the mini pizza and the nachos, the side of the bar is open to the hillside, the lights illuminate the trees and there’s a small water fountain. It really is a nice place to sit and relax.

It’s also the second time we have stayed right next to a zoo in Japan, by chance we’ve managed to do that at every big city.