Japan Trip 2008
At Terminal 3, close to the boarding gate of the A380, 11:30pm flight to Narita Airport.
They have internet terminals for use while you’re waiting. Cool neh.
On the A380, it’s not a lot of leg space, but the Krisflyer entertainment system more than makes up for it. Tons of stuff to watch and listen.
Wilson K.O’ed. I fell asleep halfway through ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.
At Narita Airport. Our first encounter with their ‘everything-also-have’ vending machines.
Got our 7 day Rail Pass at the airport.
Wilson blogging on his iPhone. On the way towards Tokyo Station.
View from our seats.
Toilets on the Narita Express Train.
View from place we put our baggages.
Close to 10am, the red lights are where we are along the journey.
External view of our train.
Got a few shots before it zoomed off again.
It’s not confusing, the station has 5 levels, nope.
Bought our first ‘microwaved’ lunch. Going to be a 3 hour ride to Kyoto.
First experience with the service culture here as well. Super friendly!
Instantly got lost the moment we reached their ‘control station’.
Too many tracks. Which one to take?
Eventually found our way to the right track. Bullet trains!
Yeap, the HIKARI 411 to Shin Osaka. Notice the ladies in pink?
Our ride arrives!
Pink ladies get to work turning all the seats to face the other direction.
There it is, Kyoto. 11:33am.
Got a quick shot before boarding. We only had 2 minutes before they close the doors. lol.
Reserved seats! Check out the ample leg space.
Tokyo City whizzing by.
Started to settle down with our lunch. Had tomato rice and some horrible black coffee. xD
Act like the train too fast. Lolz.
The urban areas start to become wide landscapes the closer we get to Kyoto.
3 hours later, Kyoto Station!
Cam whore time! :D
Ok enough shooting, time to look for our hotel in Kyoto.
Heading down to the exit.
Got a bit lost here as well. There were like 7 exits. Lots of school kids~!
Got out eventually. Went to look for a map at the visitor centre. No luck.
Outside the station. Finally we were out in the open. Been underground since we landed.
In front of Kyoto Station
Random cigarette bin. I love their infographics.
“it said walk till you see a 7-eleven, then turn left into the alley”
And so we did. Dragged our baggages along for a while,
wondering where our hotel was hidden.
Found it in the end. Ikoi no ie!
Narrow building, shared toilets and bathrooms. Nice and cosy decor.
Here’s how the room looks like. Cosy right! Wilson brought his laptop.
There was internet access in the room.
Alternate view. It came with a boiler, cups and green tea. Nice.
The cute receptionist gave us a map of Kyoto! Planned a bit before heading out.
It was about 4pm, looked like 6pm in Singapore.
Exploring the surrounding streets and homes.
No curbs along the streets. Bike friendly.
Random alleys. The lighting was just awesome.
Main Road near the hotel.
Lots of bikes all round.
Headed towards the Kyoto Tower. Within walking distance from our hotel.
Also just right beside the Kyoto Station.
Bought tickets to go up the tower.
You can view these things free of charge.
Unlike the ones at Sentosa where you have to put coins.
View from the tower.
Too short for this guy. xD
Decided to wait around for the sunset.
It got nicer as the sun started to set.
No i wasn’t standing outside, some parts of the tower was extruding.
Everyone snapping away at the sunset.
One level down the obervation deck.
Where they had really random stuff like this warped mirror.
Headed across the road to the station to look for some place for dinner.
View from Kyoto Station.
I think this was Daimaru. Right beside the station.
It had a sky garden. Cool ya.
Got too hungry to shoot. Must eat.
Waiting outside for food.
Ate here for 2000yen. Realized later it was a S$26 meal. lol.
Mini supermarket on the lower levels.
Shopped around a bit before heading back to our hotel.
Melon buns for tomorrow’s breakfast.
By the way we couldn’t finish the can of sake. 50% alcohol. lol.
That’s all for Day 1!
Check out Day Two here