Japan Diaries 2: Day 8

Day 8 May 24, 2018

Farewell Kyoto

Greetings from Kyoto City! Today is our fifth and final day in Kyoto City. Today is also the only day that I had no itineraries to follow. Well, there is a reason behind it...


Last night, my wife and I discussed the possibility of spending half-day touring other parts of Kyoto City but that involves the dilemma of where to leave our belongings. First, we contemplated asking our friend Gil if it's OK to bring our stuff to her house and leave it there for half a day. Our other option was to ask permission from our Air BnB host to leave our stuff in the house for half a day so that we could go around Kyoto one last time. We decided to push through with the plan to go to Gil's place. 

Farewell to our room, it was an awesome 5 days

A very memorable place

Until next time! Thanks to our kind hosts.

Well, there are some plans that are not meant to be. We woke up a little past 9 which meant that we only had three hours to explore not including the travel time to Gil's place and preparation time. So my wife and I decided not to push through with the plan but head home to our Japanese family in Osaka instead. In that way, we'd still get some time to rest. 

Got our tickets to Osaka Station

Train home!

After preparing our stuff we said farewell to our generous hosts and generous as they are, the owner of the house even gave us a free lift going to Kyoto Station. Aside from that, they also gave my daughter some toys as a farewell gift. 

Gotta love the view

Meiji Chocolate Factory

From Kyoto Station, we rode the train to Osaka Station via the JR Tokaido Sanyo Line. It costs 560 yen per head. Our daughter Ella was free as she was still 5 years old. The view from the train was superb. I even saw a giant building shaped like a bar of chocolate which I later found out to be the Meiji Chocolate Factory.

Kumatori Station

Upon arrival at Osaka Station, we went on a toilet break before transferring to another train bound for Kumatori Station. The fare was 710 yen per head. From there, we hopped on a bus going to Mr. Toshi's house in Tsubasagaoka reaching it a little past noon.

Looking for the bus stop 

Check out the manhole cover of Kumatori!

We spent the day resting and in the afternoon Mr. Toshi made me practice my driving skills around the subdivision. I consider this the highlight for today. Sadly, I was not able to document it as my wife was not with me during my first drive. 

Ahh, home at last...

Missed this view.

Overall, we wrapped up our 5-day Kyoto Adventure today. It was truly a memorable trip. Not only did I get to bond with my wife and daughter in the most historic city of Japan, but I also managed to visit 9 of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and several popular destinations in the city. 

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Comments

  1. You had a great post about Kyoto Prefecture. I heard a lot of good places too from my Japanese students. Keep inspiring your readers. Good job!

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    1. Thanks so much Boney Smile. I checked your blog too and found it very informative.

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    2. Kyoto looks cool !!! Mesmerising views !!! You seemed to had a great adventure !!!

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  2. I love the manhole cover and the view from the train ride looks nice too. Great post!

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    1. I agree. The manhole covers in each town is really worth checking out.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us 💗 it is really helpful for people that would like to visit Japan 😍

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    1. Please do check out my previous posts. You'd surely love our trip to Kyoto.

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  4. Wonderful sharing! Thank you very much for this amazing article, will go Japan next year!

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    1. Thanks so much! I do hope you check out my next posts about our 2nd adventure in Japan.

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  5. Love these pictures! I felt like I was really there even though I've never been anywhere near there. Thanks

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    1. Thank you so much Rbaiano22. Please do check out my other adventures in Japan.

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  6. More images than I thought there would be but made for an easy read. Keep it up.

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    1. Thanks Chadden, I do hope you get to visit Japan too.

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  7. Japan is 100% on my list, however, probably wont get there for a few years since a little one will be joining our family very soon!

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    1. Congratulations Gigi! I hope you could bring the little one with you when you visit Japan someday. =)

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  8. I love traveling by train, especially when the scenery is amazing. I imagine this was also the case for your trip? I have never been to Japan, but the country fascinates me so much I am sure to visit sometime in the future :)

    P.S. Your daughter looks very sweet : Did she also enjoy Kyoto?

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    1. Hello Daria, my daughter really enjoyed her 5-day adventure in Kyoto. I agree, you should try Japan's railway system. You'd surely enjoy the view.

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  9. So detailed! if i ever go to Kyoto i´ll know some things already! thanks

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie. Thanks for following our adventure in Japan.

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  10. Wow! I really love the view! I hope I have a chance to visit in Japan someday. My dream place :)

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    1. I'm very excited to see your post about Japan. I do hope you get to visit Japan soon.

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  11. I really want to visit Kyoto so badly! Thanks for sharing your article it makes me want to visit even more haha

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    1. I do hope my article inspired you to travel to Japan.

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  12. Wow that chocolate building is so cool! And all the train traveling looks so fun. It would be nice to be able to experience the scenery that way!

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    1. Japan has one of the most comprehensive train system. These has plenty of beautiful views. =) You should try it out.

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  13. I've always wanted to go to Japan. Thanks for a great post.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Ronesha. I hope you do get to visit Japan someday.

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  14. The pictures you took are amazing, and I am glad to hear you finished the trip on a high note, the memories from this trip will be always with you. The city is so beautiful I can't wait to visit it, but for now I will need to be content with the pictures provided by the bloggers.

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    1. Hello Matija. Thanks for the positive feedback. You should come visit. Make sure to spend at least a week in Kyoto City to enjoy it. =)

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  15. Kyoto City seems like a great place to visit. I have to say that I’ve never seen a decorative man hole cover. So cool. Keshia Richmond

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    1. I agree. I have noticed that each city / town has their unique manhole cover. I should probably blog about them someday.

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  16. That manhole is so cute! Is it normal or was that the exception?

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    1. It seems like every city has their unique manhole cover. =)

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  17. This looks a great place to visit. I’ve always been fascinated by Japan.

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    1. Kyoto is really a great place to visit. You should visit it someday Old Tom.

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  18. Love Kyoto Station and love rural Japan. <3 Great that you enjoy your trip, come to Nagoya someday!

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    1. Oh my! Nagoya has always been in my bucket list. I will surely visit it someday (soon). =)

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  19. Kyoto remains my most favorite city in Japan. Reading your post made me want to go back for another visit. I hope to do that when my daughter goes there to study next year.

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    1. I'm excited for you Eliz. I just came back from Japan but I felt that I wanted to go back again.

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  20. Oh wow, it sounds like you had an amazing time! I've never stayed with AirBnB before and I have my reservations, but you make it sound easy :)

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. I highly recommend AirBnB when traveling in Japan. However, staying in a ryokan still remains the best accommodation around.

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