Journey in Japan, 24th June 2015
|Waking up in
awoke early and turned on the television... There was
gasping from the speaker and then the image appeared of a
I changed channels
after a discretionary time.
The weather girl uses a
pole to point out clouds and weather features!
The hunt for breakfast
There was a desire for
a genuine Japanese breakfast, but what is this?
We stopped in a bakery
below the railway station where we ordered breakfast at
the counter to be served by Japanese maids in pretty blue
Everyone in a work
world is in some sort of uniform, from the school
children in their navy inspired uniforms, to women in
black skirts, and men in suits.
de Kyoto ni ikimasu
There are no specific tickets to
go anywhere on Japan Rail, there are prices, and you need
to find the machine that sells the ticket for your
The ticket to Kyoto from Osaka
costs 560 Yen one way on the express train, and the
journey time is only 28 minutes on the Special Rapid Service.
Service is slower,
stops at more stations, and this train came in to Osaka
station a few minutes before the faster train arrived, so
somewhere along the line we should have overtaken it.
The train arrived at Kyoto no eki and it
was an easy walk outside... Now where's the hotel?
A twin bed room at the Hotel ibis costs $247.34 Canadian ($192.61 USD) through Agoda and this price included breakfast which was very adequate, self serve buffet, all you can eat and drink.
This is a smart hotel and very comfortable and convenient.
We decided to stay a third night as there's a very good bus service direct to Kansai Airport from besides the nearby Hotel Keihan Kyoto which is a couple of hundred metres along the road from the ibis, besides the Avanti shopping mall.
The ibis is deservedly popular
and so we were not able to book a third night there and
so the next best thing was to book the Keihan Kyoto Hotel
which cost $135.96 ($104.86 USD) for one night, no
breakfast, through Agoda.
On Friday morning rooms were not
ready and so we put all our luggage together and stored
it with reception.
The Avanti Mall next door
afternoon and we arrived at the hotel ibis, and my
companion wanted to rest.
The first thing on
my agenda was to buy another Japanese - English
dictionary and so I went to the bookshop on the top floor
of the Avanti shopping mall.
My aim was to visit two Buddhist temples on the north side of the tracks.
Kyoto no arukimasu (walk about)
I walked to a Seven
- Eleven and bought a chocolate milk before carrying
Pure Land Buddhism
Like the Chinese
the Japanese tend towards Pure Land Buddhism where there
are Bodhisattvas (sort of demi Gods) who help guide
people towards enlightenment, and enlightenment leads to
a Pure Land of gold and jewels, a Nirvana heaven.
Christianity sold itself to European peoples through replacing their celebrations such as Yuletide with Christmas, and Easter with a celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, and many of the pagan festivities survive to this day.
In the same way
Buddhism incorporated Shinto customs in Japan and the two
religions intergrated into a tolerance of each other with
many people practicing both beliefs.
In any case, since
I am somewhat ignorant of Japanese beliefs; it's
something I should investigate more.
I spent two years
at night school studying Japanese, and while I can read
Japanese script somewhat less well than once upon a time,
my aural understanding of spoken Japanese is very poor.
|On the bus
It's easy to take a bus in Kyoto and there's only one fare as below:
You enter the bus through the middle door, and exit at the front. You pay when you leave the bus, and not when you get on.
If you buy a day pass you pass
this through a machine at the front of the bus as you
leave it on your first journey. This will put a date
stamp on the back which you show to the driver as you
leave the bus on subsequent journeys.
On to part three