I was away in Japan for almost one month for Christmas and New Year. Most of my friends thought the trip must have cost me a bomb.
Well, it has never been cheap travelling to Japan. What a traveller like me would do is to stretch my dollar as far as i could and save as much along the way.
It was great to be back in Japan and it was my very first time having Christmas and New Year holiday there. I used to work in Tokyo and Osaka for close to 4 years upon graduating from university in 1998. I still return to Japan occasionally since then and the country has never failed to surprise me in all my trips.
For this recent trip, I took an overnight flight to Tokyo with Japan Airlines and arrived at Narita airport around 6.30am. Upon arrival, i proceeded to JR ticket office to buy my Narita Express train tickets from the airport JR before boarding my Narita Express
Narita Express, abbreviated as N’EX, is a limited express train service operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), serving Narita International Airport from various Greater Tokyo Area stations. Services are approximately half-hourly in the mornings and evenings, and hourly through the middle of the day.
Route: NARITA AIRPORT to TOKYO CITY
Train Name: NARITA EXPRESS 14
Boarding from: NARITA AIRPORT TERMINAL 2
Departure Time (Narita): 10:18am
Arrival Time (Tokyo): 11:14am
Once arrived at the super busy Tokyo station, i took a connecting train to Kyoto. I didn’t have to buy tickets from the ticket office this time as i had pre-purchased mine over the Internet prior to my trip.
Route: TOKYO to KYOTO
Train Name: SHINKANSEN HIKARI 471
Train No.: Shin-Osaka
Boarding from: TOKYO STATION
Departure Time (Tokyo): 12:03pm
Arrival Time (Kyoto): 2:48pm
Luckily I can read Japanese. That’s my train on the info board.
My train to Kyoto, Shinkansen Hikari 471
My lunch bought inside the Shinkansen
The majestic Mount Fuji as the train passed by.
Finally arrived at Kyoto station.
Once I arrived at Kyoto station, I took a 15-minute walk to my local accommodation. I stayed in a very lovely traditional townhouse (Machiya in Japanese) in the heart of Kyoto near Gion. It was the most ideal accommodation I could find and it was worth my effort.
Owner Name: Mr. Kazuya Nishimura
Click here for more details and booking
My home in Kyoto
The entrance of my home
The living room
The staircase going up to first floor and bedroom
Good to have such a toilet that cares for the environment. You can wash your hands before recycling the water to flush the toilet.
The home comes with wifi internet connection …
And complete assistance for traveler like me: Map, bus route, guide, etc
My dinner prepared at home. Home cooked noodles and some sushis I bought from convenient store
That was the first day of my trip. It was a tiring day having not slept for almost 48 hours. Read my second of my Kyoto journey to some of the most well known attractions here…
For part 2, click here…