Day 3 we took the shinkansen to Kyoto. Next time I go back to Japan (and I will for sure) I will spend more than 3 days there, it is so beautiful and there is so much to see it needs a week on its own at least.
We felt SO lucky to see Geishas. They drew massive attention, as you can imagine. Apparently they are quite rare on the streets of Kyoto, and we only saw these 3.
Kyoto is quaint, small scale but also grand with its abundance of temples and shrines. Residential streets are quintessentially Japanese, small wooden homes with exquisite bonzai gardens, like doll's houses.
Green tea everything is big in Kyoto. (I wish I could show pictures of our yum green tea ice creams but I took the photos with my tablet and unfortunately they are tiny on the PC. I need Andrew to try and get the right resolution). It was so hot in Kyoto, and clearly I am out of practice of eating ice cream, because it ended up melting all down my WHITE shirt! Siena thought that was hilarious, and I had to walk around the rest of the day with my camera bag held awkwardly on my front.
We spent one day traveling the city via bus, and the next day traveling around via the subway. Transport wherever we were was fantastic. Clean, punctual, easy to navigate, AND the tickets had sweet little cartoon characters on them, as you would imagine (yes, I kept mine!).