The flight coming from Sydney Australia was surprisingly easy. Everything was on time in true Japanese style. Arriving in Narita airport and then transferring onto the Narita express to Tokyo and then onto the Shinkansen ( the bullet train!!!) to reach my final destination of Kyoto. I was hoping to see Mt Fuji from the train however i was both tired and sitting on the wrong side of the train to were Mt Fuji was and i fell asleep ( don't worry i got photos on the way back). I did however see the Tokyo Sky tree (one of the tallest buildings in the world). i highly recommend the train lines in Japan to get around they are highly efficient and less costly than air travel - and you also can see the beautiful Japanese country side!!!
My very first thing i like to do when i get to a new place is ( of course have a shower) but walk around the city to get a feel for the place.You never really see a city until you walk around it and you discover incredible places along the way that you would not of otherwise seen or experienced. I was lucky enough to be staying at the Kyoto Hotel Okura (which is around the middle of Kyoto right across the road from Kyoto city hall) which had a great restaurant on the 17th floor and this meant i could virtually see the whole city and get a feel for the bearings of the place.
From my first day of wondering around Kyoto - i managed to visit 5 temples, meet and take photos with a geisha, explore beautiful Gion - the last Geisha district left in Japan, go to the International Manga Museum, visit the famous Nikishi Markets and wonder around and take in the amazing culture. Here are a collection of my photos from the first day in Kyoto. Hope you enjoy! Day 2 post coming soon. Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a post in the contact us!
Ps. have a look at the taxi symbols on the roof there are love hearts, clover leafs, moons and stars ( i assume these are the logos for different taxi companies) . How cute and so very Japanese!!