Today we left the big smoke bound for Kyoto. Although we knew the Shinkansen would be busy, we didn’t realise just quite how busy. After lining up to book our train tickets we were informed that there were no more reserved seats for the day and we would have to just take our chances with the unreserved seats. After looking around at the thousands and thousands of people around the station, we panicked a tad and hightailed it to the platform to line up with everyone to fight for a seat. In the end, we got the train easily and even got a a row of 3 seats to ourselves for a large portion of the trip. Problem was, in all the panic we didn’t have time to buy ourselves some eki ben lunches. So after about an hour or so we started to get hungry. Luckily we had a vast supply of snackables with us.
Part 1: Some things we ate on the train
White chocolate cream cheese Kit Kat from the special Kit Kat shop in Ikebukuro.
Matcha biscuit things from Yokohama.
Wasabi crackers from Shizuoka (good!)
Orange cocktail kit Kat from the same place as the other ones
Part 2: Some things we ate when we got off the train
We were starving when we got to Kyoto so we bought some things at the station and headed to our accomodation. After checking in, we ate our late lunch.
Buta man (pork buns) from Horai 515. The best.
Pork Katsu sandwiches. Finally!
Mini chirashi sushi set
Part 3: Some things we ate at the train station
In the afternoon/evening we had a bit of a wander around Kyoto, did a bit of shopping etc then it was dinner time. Several paces we looked at for dinner were already full, so we headed to the trusty a Kyoto Station complex to find some dinner. We decided on tonkatsu.
Today we went to have lunch at the Hyatt Regency hotel. They have a super lunch buffet and we were promised crabs legs and all the ikura you can eat. We weren’t disappointed. The food was of a very high standard and the crabs legs were delicious. But…so..much…food….
Oh before we went for lunch, we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building which has a free viewing tower. It was a clear day and we could even see Mt Fuji off in the distance.
After lunch, we tried to walk off all the food we ate by going for a stroll around Shinjuku Gardens.
We had planned to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening in Shinjuku, but we suddenly became very tired and got a little over the crazy, crazy busy-ness of Shinjuku (it really is insane) so we got on the train and headed towards home. We had a bit of a wander around Ueno before catching the subway back to Minowa and picking up some dinner things from the local supermarket.
Off to Kyoto tomorrow!
Three new flavours. Wasabi, matcha and soybean. Had to get rid of our last bits of Yen. That’s it for Kit Kats – definitely.
Well – we just have time for one last post before bed, and an early rise to get to the airport.
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The only thing that remains is how to end it? Well, as luck would have it, on our very last trip to a shop before heading to the airport we found not one but TWO new kit kat flavours never before seen. We haven’t tried either of them yet. Firstly we have ginger ale, which sounds pretty exciting to Steve. This one will probably be bubbly. The other is mixed fruit and vegetables – which is a tie-in product with a juice company. We are a bit scared of this one.
You better believe it’s all robotic and stuff. We saw one of these being demonstrated by a staff member of a toy shop earlier in the trip.
With only hours to go before our flight – Blainie picks up a couple of Kitty-chan things.
The main street up to the big temple Senso-ji (which is under a big restoration effort at the moment) are lined with shops. For extra points – try to spot the guy with the Carlton Football Club top.