This morning we woke up in the historic ambiance of the Fujiya hotel but by the middle of the day were hurtling across Japan at speeds of 270 km an hour. An early stop on the local train had the train doors opening opposite a beautiful old shrine, but this afternoon’s stops were high-rise and advertisements. Japan is certainly a land where old and new nestle together.
The bullet trains hurtle past the platform so fast that it is scary! They are hard to photograph too because they are gone almost before you can take off your lens cap!
It was a bit confusing to find our hotel shuttlebus at Kyoto station [the bakery near by looked amazing so perhaps we could have not found the bus a bit longer…], and the traffic near Kyoto station is horrible, but once we got there it was lovely to find that our hotel has a waterfall and that we have a view of Nijo Castle from our rooms.
Since we had spent a large part of the day in or waiting for trains we headed in to Kyoto on the subway so that Tim could visit the games arcade. It turned out to be in an amazing shopping arcade so a good time was had by all!