i was really excited about this one! it looked so fluffy and dough-y...but it was filled with a super strong weird cheese!
bummer! we normally like all cheeses, but this one was too weird.
but it was okay because we were riding the shinkansen (bullet train) today, and that means we get ekiben (train lunch boxes)!
luckily, we only took 1 suitcase to kyoto. our hotel is holding the others :) so handy!
hanging out at tokyo station for a few minutes while we get our ekiben and drinks for the train ride
here is an example of a shinkansen ticket. we have the japan rail pass, so all our shinkansen rides are included! which is great because these rides are sort of like a plane, so their prices are high too! about $100 for one way from tokyo to kyoto (a 162 minute trip!)
here's car #14 (our car). they clean it after it arrives so it's perfect again for new passengers.
looking down the platform
here i am at my seat! lots of leg room!
see? about a foot from erik's knees to the back of the seat in front of him
the windows are nice and big too
and you put your luggage up top like a plane too
ekiben! YUM! i always look forward to shinkansen rides because of ekiben hahaha...so yummy and fun to do
i asked to be on the mt. fuji side when getting tickets (since you pass mt. fuji on your way from tokyo to kyoto) but it was hiding today...ah well. maybe on the way back!
well, 162 minutes later we were at kyoto station :) took a taxi to our cute tradiational townhouse and we are IN LOVE WITH IT! omg....it is SO. CUTE and PERFECT!!!! it is a part of the Machiya Residence Inns of kyoto, and this specific one is called Shikokuan Machiya Residence Inn (http://www.kyoto-machiya-inn.com/shikoku/). here are a ton of pics of it!
this is right after you walk in the door. so it's actually on the INSIDE (and air conditioned) but it looks like it's still on the outside! i love this part! this is where we take off our shoes before going in
past the curtain, you see this!
and here is our cute family room!
other view of the family room
our rock garden
here is one of our bathrooms
the toilet is separated from the shower/bath room, which is really nice! and check out this awesome deep bathtub! it's cedar and the whole room smells AMAZING because of all the cedar in it!!!
in japan, you shower first, and then get into the bathtub, so here is the little shower station where you sit :)
going up the traditional old style stairs which are small, and steep.
we have an entertainment room! with a big tv! hahaha...it's cozy
this house is over 100 years old, and this wall that is facing us is from the original home :)
same with this post in the bedroom
and our bedroom! so cute!
walking outside, here is our tiny alley street!
and this is right behind our house!!!! amazing! we're both so happy we rented this
we walked around some more because i was really excited to see my favorite river again...it's the big river that runs through kyoto and its so gorgeous
cute houses and restaurants along our walk...i love kyoto!
we made our way to dinner...okonomiyaki!!!!! hiroshima style! since we aren't going to hiroshima this time, i still wanted hiroshima okonomiyaki!!! so i looked up a place, and it was delicious! it's called "kamu - hiroshima style teppan grill"
watching them make the layers and preparing it!
and the owner took our pic with my camera...
and then he took our pic with his camera! a polaroid!
so nice of him!!! :D the food was absolutely amazing, and the people were so nice too.
afterwards, we knew about this because the owner of our townhouse posted about this on facebook a few weeks ago! it's a star festival! you write wishes on paper and attach them to trees so your wish will come true. it's legend is based on a sad romantic story about two constellations. hikoboshi and orihime were in love with each other but their destiny only allowed them to meet once a year. one summer evening.
it was AMAZING to see all this! so of couse i took a bajillion photos! haha...
as we walked further down the river, the lights changed from being on trees, to being in bamboo "globes". just as cool!!!
what an amazing first night in kyoto!!!!