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Reisverslag Kyoto to Tokyo, March 17
17 maart 2020
Kyoto to Tokyo, March 17
Hello there! How are you doing? Hmmm I’m a bit tired. Today we travelled from Kyoto all the way to Tokyo. We had to check out at 11AM and that’s what we did. For breakfast we went to a small bakery which had very delicious and various bread choices. We had discovered it when we had our kimono day and it smelled so delicious. Everything gets baked on the spot and you can actually see the ovens and the people at work. Very small but cozy. So we both bought 2 pieces of bread there and had that for breakfast.
So now the travel to Tokyo began. Kyoto and Tokyo are quite a distance away from each other, so much that there are also flights going in between the two cities. But we wanted to go with the ‘Shinkansen’ if you remember from yesterday I said I would elaborate on this. The Shinkansen are the infamous Bullet trains of Japan! Yes the super fast and streamlined train. We had to go to Kyoto station first as from there all the Shinkansen departed. The bullet train only stops at a few places with it’s end destination Tokyo central (for the route we were taking of course). I’d expected such a train which covers a great distance to only depart every hour maybe but I was amazed by how many of them actually are in motion. Every 12minutes one departed! And that was only on the platform we were on. I think there were 4-6 platforms dedicated to these bullet trains.
The looks of the trains is a bit funny in my opinion. Of course because they reach speeds up to 320km/h the train has to be streamlined but the front and back are really extended. It reminds me of the noses of sturgeons. For such a big train the doors are quite small and so are the windows. It almost has an airplane like feel but you have way more space inside as you get quite some leg space. I think my father would fit there comfortably XD and he is almost 2M.
The tickets for the bullet train were quite expensive but we decided to have non-reserved seats (which lowers the price a bit) as we wouldn’t expect it to be very busy. And we were right, there were a lot of empty spaces in the non-reserved seats cabins and thus we hogged a row of 3 seats since we had both 2 suitcases to take care of and only one fit in the space overhead XD well luckily it wasn’t a problem and we could stay there.
Before we stepped on our Bullet train to tokyo we had bought ‘Bento’s’! Which are special made lunchboxes with different small dishes inside~ Since the train ride would take 2h and it was at noon we wanted to have lunch in there. Which is allowed by the way and very common to do. Jo-anne had a bento with a lot of small different stuff in there and I had a simple one with plain white rice and fried chicken.
As the train started on its journey I had to adjust to it’s speed a bit. A lot of people say that the ride is seamless and you almost don’t feel the train moving. Well hmmm I beg to differ hahaha It wasn’t bad or anything but because of the high speed I felt the pressure in my ears a little bit and the slight turbulence of the cabin felt just like turbulence on a place. It wasn’t bad but I think if you’re prone to motion sickness like I am those things affect you a bit and you need time to adjust. Once I adjusted it was all well-doable though. I ate a little bit from my bento but because I felt a little sick I left that with only a few bites out of it and decided to finish it once we were at the hotel. There was a lot of staff walking around checking every cabin and riding around a trolley offering snacks and drinks to the passengers. It was nice to see some of the scenery through Japan but it went all by very quick in the end.
Once arrived in Tokyo we had to take 2 more metro’s to get to our hotel. Which was luckily only a 2min walk from the station so that meant not having to walk around for long with all those suitcases. The hotel we’re staying in is the Keio Presso Inn hotel in Akasaka. The interior is very nice and a completely different feel from the guesthouse. We will be staying here for the coming 2 weeks :)
We were tired from today and didn’t go into town yet so I can’t tell you much about our first impression of Tokyo yet. Just that I already noticed it to get busier with every city we move to XD But that’s to be expected.
We’ll see what tomorrow has in store for us!
For now we’ll take a good nights rest and I’ll talk to you all tomorrow.
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17 maart 2020 14:39 | Door: Connie
Jullie hebben nog tijd genoeg omTokyo te ontdekken. Het zal wel een gigastad zijn. Goede bekomst zeg zag er weer lekker uit. Slaap lekker ❤