Another beautiful day in Kyoto. You can see the Shinkansen on the tracks from my hotel window.
I started the day by visiting a nice garden called “Shosei-en Garden”. It was only a 15 minute walk from the hotel. The skies were a bit overcast.
You can see the Kyoto Tower in the background.
I hid the buildings on the hilltop with the branch 🙂
I thought this vegetation had an interesting pattern 🙂
A new Daihatsu Hijet micro pickup.
I walked over to another temple – Nishihongwan-ji. It was also near the hotel.
The Shinkansen just before the one we were taking to Tokyo.
My ticket to Tokyo.
Another expensive train ride…. $123.10 this time.
The hotel in Tokyo…. don’t ask for the view out the window – there is no view. The room was great though.
We were starving, found a Ramen place around the corner from the hotel. The best soba noodles of any place. Of course it was 1200 yen! Well I could have gotten Ramen with 1 piece of pork for only 800 Yen, but I needed more meat than that.
The outside of the Ramen place.
The outside of the hotel.
After checking in I walked to Meiji Jingu Shrine. I managed to arrive shortly before closing time. The forest was great with large trees and lots of shade.
I then walked to the Tokyo government building which has a free observation deck. I visited this before when I was in Tokyo in 2014.
The outside of the government buildings.
I found the meeting point for the Mt. Fuji tour for the next day. Finding the metro from there was not so easy.
A nice half-timbered train station in Harajuku.
Takeshita Street in Harajuku. It was pretty much closed up by the time I got there. All the night life appears to be in Shinjuku.
I took the metro back to the hotel and called it a night. I wanted to make sure I didn’t oversleep for the Mt. Fuji tour.