Our last day in Kyoto was a little more relaxed than our previous traveling days. We decided to sleep in before we started out on our last little bit of adventures. After grabbing some breakfast we walked back over to the train depot. We would ultimately be leaving from Kyoto via the Shin from that station. Jeremy and I took our luggage to a locker room located within the station so we wouldn't have to carry it everywhere.
Our first day in Kyoto was exciting and busy. We started off with heading down to the Kyoto International Manga Museum. I would love to show photos of the museum but they didn't allow any photography. We were really excited to go there because Jeremy loves manga.
The next morning we woke up and prepared to head out to Kyoto. Before we went to Kyoto though, we wanted to check out Expo City in Osaka. To get to Expo City from the hotel we had to take a train and then a monorail. When we walked to the train station we were surprised to find an art gallery in the train station. It had paintings that I had only seen in art museums back home. Japan is full of surprises and this was just one of many for this trip.
While Mom was here, the three of us went on our biggest trip yet. We decided to go check out Osaka and Kyoto. Osaka has a huge aquarium with whale sharks and Kyoto has been as much of a dream for Mom to visit as it was mine. We used ITT to plan the trip and to make all the travel arrangements. They really made it easy to plan such a trip.
Day two of our trip to Kyoto started off wet. The rain was nice while we slept but once we woke up we realized we had to figure out how to get to the car in the rain with all our luggage. We decided to put it off until after breakfast with the hopes that the rain would eventually stop. We found a cool little bakery that was underground at a mall near the hostel. I really enjoyed the pastries that we had.
Jeremy and I were heading to Kyoto the day after the big earthquake with our friends, Stephanie and Anthony. We were all excited to explore a new part of Japan. My main reason of going was to see Geisha and some of the temples in Kyoto. We were only going to spend the night in Kyoto and come back the next day, so we had a lot to squeeze in a short amount of time.
I will be the first to admit it. Since I stopped teaching in December, I haven't really dived into exploring Japan as much as I use to. Yes, I haven't exactly been hiding out in my apartment but I have been staying in my comfort zones by only going to the stores I know and the parts of Hiroshima I have been to repeatedly if I left Iwakuni. With my mom coming in the next month or so and hopefully getting a new camera this week I am getting the itch to start exploring again.