Although I knew this would be the last chapter of my Japan trip, what I didn’t know is that this would actually be the most action-packed part of the journey! I would be taking the long trip back from Narita, to D.C. 3 countries, 2 flights, multiple buses, trains and a heck of a lot of walking.
I had such an amazing time in Japan, and it was sad to think that I was already going to start my journey home. The journey from Kyoto all the way back to the U.S would be an adventure in and of itself.
The previous day in Miyajima was the absolute climax of the trip, but now I still had an extra day in Kyoto and then a long trip home. I still had a ton of stuff I still wanted to see so this was great.
It was barely noon and already I was having such a magical day. I took the ferry from Hiroshima to Miyajima , met a very nice woman that offered me coffee and a Japanese dessert, I got to see the beautiful street market and the famous temple complex and great Torii gate.
Today I woke up early for trip I was very excited about. Today I would be heading to Hiroshima and the legendary island of Miyajima. This was the home of perhaps Japan’s most famous landmarks: the great Torii gate.
After waiting around Nara for a few hours, I finally got to see the mochi making demonstration. This was something I had been looking forward to for months, and that on its own was worth the trip to Nara, if not the entire trip to Japan.
One of the best parts about my trip to Japan were the many day trips I was able to do from Kyoto. Kyoto is in such an awesome location because not only does it have the most UNESCO world heritage sites in Japan, it is also located a short train ride away from some other amazing locations.
After I settled on a place to eat lunch, there was only one last thing to do – get there. The lunch place was on the other side of town. There are only a handful of things I would go to the other side of the city for, but lucky for them all you can eat vegetables was one of them!
I woke up in my Ryokan at around 5:30, which was the closest I had come to sleeping in so far. I went downstairs to brew my cup of Genmaicha, a tea I had gotten right out of the factory. You could really taste the freshness of this tea. It was one of the best Genmaichas I have ever had even though it was a bagged tea.
My second day in Shizuoka was a lot shorter than my first day, so I actually ended up with a decent amount of daylight left over. I got to Kyoto about an hour before sunset and I was seconds away from getting on a train to go back home when I noticed a sign for Fushimi Inari, the famous 10,000 Tori gates.