From Tokyo we took an overnight bus to Kyoto. We used a company called Willer express. Warning for those who are used to the overnight buses in Asia. The buses in Japan are not the same. Instead of being able to recline almost fully back, you have about a two inch recline on a Japanese bus. Plus, because Japanese people are so very polite, nobody reclines and you look like a wanker doing so. So we spent a full night in a chair sitting up, getting bum ache. The redeeming features that the Japanese sleeper bus had were charging points on every chair (which is unheard of in Asia) and a cute little hood that comes down over your head like a pram hood! This, again, is a very Japanese manners thing – it is rude, for the ladies especially, to be seen asleep and potentially drooling over yourself.
We arrived in Kyoto super early and decided to walk to our hostel which was about an hours walk. I immediately noticed it wasn’t quite as perfect as Tokyo, although was still pretty.
Our hostel was a capsule hotel. If you go to Japan you definitely need to try one of these! We stayed at 9 hours kyoto (https://ninehours.co.jp/en/kyoto/) but there are others too. I just loved how minimal everything was!
The men and women were on separate floors with separate bathrooms, locker rooms and even separate lifts! If I am honest, it was a nice break from each other! Travelling with the same person, seeing each other 24/7 can start to make you feel a little “stabby”. Upon check in we were given a pack with toothbrush and strange but very comfy black pyjamas set and slippers.
The lockers and bathrooms were on one floor and the sleeping capsules were on another. Although these look claustophobic, they were actually really roomy. Andrew just couldn’t get over how clinical everything looked. He said he thought he was going to wake up in a bath of ice with his kidneys missing!
In Kyoto we visited a couple of temples. One completely by accident, which was stunning and within walking distance of our hostel.
The other is a famous temple called Fushimi Inari with sprawling orange gates over a circular walk. At the bottom there are hundreds of tourists and school children all trying to get the perfect selfie with the gates in the background.
However once you walk up nearer the top past the lazy instagramers, there are less people and you can take some pretty photos.
We only spent two days in Kyoto so we didn’t manage to see everything, however we would definitely visit again and hope that we are luckier with the weather. Also we would get the bullet train instead of scrolling and getting the bus. We thought we had saved on a night of accommodation when in reality we just lost a day to being tired and cranky! Remember – cost and worth are entirely different things.