On a whim, Heidi and I decided Friday afternoon to spend the weekend in Kyoto. Since we had Monday off school because of some weird national holiday, we could even stay an extra day.
We wanted to splurge, so early Saturday morning we took the bus to Tokyo and got ourselves a ticket with the Shinkansen, bullet train, to Kyoto. The ticket one-way costed around 12 000 yen (ca. 700 NOK). It took us 2.5 hours from Tokyo to Kyoto, which normally would have taken 8 hours by bus. Expensive, but very convenient. Besides I've always wanted to ride the bullet train and go to Kyoto.
It was such a beautiful and clear day, even Mt. Fuji was visible from Tokyo! And when we were riding the bullet train it got even closer. Unfortunately we sat at the "wrong" side of the isle, so I had to climb over a sweet mother and her baby to take this photo.
To think that we traveled all the way to Fujiyoshida a couple of months ago in hopes of seeing it, but it was so cloudy, we couldn't see a thing. And now here it was, on a day and from a spot we didn't expect to see it at all. Ironic.
After a painless train ride we were in Kyoto by midday, and we walked around and explored for a bit.
Then we came across these guys who were giving away free shoulder rubs as a part of the "free hug"-campaign. They were so nice and talked with us. And the shoulder rub was great!
Baby with pink cheeks and proud mother
In the afternoon we checked in at our hostel - bAKpAK Hostel Kyoto. Our room was great and the price was pretty great too: around 5000 yen (ca. 300 NOK) each for two nights.
In the evening we went to the hostel where Lotte and Tina were staying. Wictoria also showed up! All the cool people went to Kyoto for the weekend, yay!