Pretty happy with my decision to take an overnight bus to Kyoto; safe to say it was your not typical greyhound bus though. The seats reclined to about 150°, so I was practically sleeping on top of the person behind me and so on. Quite interesting. I was exhausted from the hike so I knocked out almost immediately; when I woke up, it was about 5am in Kyoto. Rise and shine!
I bummed WiFi from an adjacent store (a lovely skill I’ve grown to depend on) and headed off to the nearest temple, Kiyomizu-dera.
Customary at many temples, you can buy these small tablets, write down your goals/wishes and whatnot, and hang them on this wall. I came a little too early to get a wooden plaque of my own, but it was neat to see what others had wished for.
After Kiyomizu-dera, I decided to wander around the area just to see what I would stumble across. Kyoto is known for its religious significance; the city is home to nearly 2000 temples and shrines. That being said, I bumped into quite a few!
Grabbed a quick cup of coffee from a cute shop down the street from Yasaka. Turned out the barista, Junichi Yamaguchi, is widely known for his latte art and hold several competitive titles.
After a bit more aimless walking, I headed over to my hostel, checked in my bags, and regrouped for a bit. It was only around noon but I was beat! Decided to check out Nishiki market after a quick nap.
Headed back to the hostel and met some of my roommates. One of them was a chef from NYC; I was obviously intrigued. Someone who wouldn't tell me to shut up about food! We decided to check out Arashiyama together the next day. Win!
I decided to end the day with one last shrine. Fushimi Inari is famous for its nearly 10,000 tori gates that line the ascent up the mountain. I felt that it was a tad late to make the full hike so I walked up about a fourth of the way before coming back down.
Next stop, Arashiyama!