Friday, June 5, 2015

Kon'nichiwa - continued

We landed in Osaka a little after 3pm and cleared customs fairly quickly. We had to stop to fill out a form that I think the airline could have given us in advance but it didn't take long. We were happy to see our checked bag arrived with us. After stopping at the ATM for some cash we went to the train station which was a short walk from the airport terminal. We bought tickets and got to the platform about 20 minutes before the next express train to Kyoto. The train was modern and clean. When it arrives at the station, a cleaning crew boards and cleans the train before passengers board. The ride to Kyoto took about 1 hour 15 minutes with two brief stops. It was a smooth ride and eventually lulled Elliott to sleep. When we arrived at Kyoto we had some trouble finding the hotel's welcome area where we were supposed to go for the hotel shuttle. When we did find it it was closed so we took a taxi to the hotel. The hotel room is big by Japanese standards and well appointed with bath robes and slippers. We also have a very nice view of the eastern mountains. We had dinner in the hotel and finally laid down to sleep after a long day of travel. Saturday will be our first day of touring. It was raining Friday when we arrived so we are hoping the weather clears.

Hotel View

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