Kyoto (1): Transport, Buddhist temple, and people

This September I had an opportunity to visit Kyoto, Japan.

Although the trip was academic and very short, I couldn’t miss the chance to explore – at least a beat – the old capital of Japan.

My first impression of Kyoto: many temples, shrines, bicycles, and very polite people.

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JR – Japan Rail. Let the journey begin!

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On my way to Kyoto from Kansai airport I decided to get off at Osaka (Shin-Osaka train station).

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In Japan you can find these super convenient automated lockers at train stations. They have different sizes and are easy to operate.

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I left my luggage and went to explore the Shin-Osaka station.

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Japanese people love automation. Ordering food from these screens is normal.

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Simple and enjoyable. I thought the tea in the pot is for drinking, but it turned out I had to pour it over the rice.

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A bookstore at the train station: many colourful books, magazines, children’s books.

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This is what I bought: a study book to learn kanji (Japanese characters). The main character is … Poop :). It is a bestseller for kids in Japan! More about this phenomenon can be found here.

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The modern architecture of the Kyoto train station.

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The Kyoto Tower just outside the Kyoto station at night.

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I didn’t go up, as it seemed too touristic.

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Catching a subway train from downtown. The subway is not to big, and it’s expensive.

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Here is a a subway map. Before entering the station, you can have a look at it to calculate the fare, and buy your from the ticket machine accordingly.  

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In case you you overpaid – either because you entered the wrong price, or got off earlier – you can get your change at these fare adjustment machines.

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The first glimpse of Kyoto: Karasuma street (one of the main streets) with the Buddhist temple and Kyoto Tower in the background.

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A big bird is guarding the temple.

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And another one at the entrance.

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A great place to jump into clam amidst the busy town. The temple is open to public for free.

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Karasuma street near the inn where I stayed. Although this is one of the mains streets, the traffic is not busy at all. Besides, many people use bicycles in Kyoto.

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There are many cyclists, although not so many bike lanes.

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Time to enjoy the dinner of soup, beef dish, and salad.

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This is a very typical eating place with the table going around the room in a square shape.

Good bye, day 1!

 

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