Study Abroad: First Day in Kyoto

I only knew that Kyoto was a tourist city famous for its older buildings, shrines and temples, but now I’m here. We’ve been able to pick our way out of tourist traps to enjoy some of the hidden delights of the city!

Our first day in Japan wasn’t anything super eventful, other than our having arrived 15 minutes late. Consequently, I was sweating to death in the Japanese airport with a parade of luggage behind me in my haste to make it on time to the bus.

The Japanese plane (JAL) was a rather pleasant experience compared to our previous flight. It was spacious and airy and we could watch movies, read ebooks, listen to music and more for free. The attendants even fed us full meals, including dessert. The 12 hour flight wasn’t fun but it wasn’t awful thanks to the amazing service.

Currently, we’re staying at a kind of “hostel.” On Monday we begin orientation xD

We went to a conbini where they sell tights/hose that are for pale people like myself who fry like bacon in the sun (America why you don’t sell those?). I was so nervous I handed the cashier 30,000 yen instead of 300 yen and he handed it back, saying “No! That’s too much!”

We went to Aeon Mall and found some lovely stickers


While I didn’t get any there’s a huge selection so if you need your fix, Aeon has you covered.

Then, while this is my first time going, I took my friends to the magical land of Bookoff. In my state we don’t have any but there are a few locations around the globe. Bookoff is a wonderful store where you can obtain newly released books for half -off and used books for dirt cheap. For the price of 1 manga in the states, I got 4.


Needless to say this will become a frequent stop.

On our way back we took a wrong turn and ended up walking 4 miles before finding our little hostel tucked away in the winding, sun-baked streets.


This was one of the many intersections we had to cross. Despite how the sun hid behind a heavy drift of clouds, the humidity was oppressive and weighed us down like a rucksack. No wonder the ladies here are never without their umbrellas.

Along the way we discovered a little shrine/temple (how do you differentiate them?) where we went to pray.


We also found a mini model (?) of something at the Kyoto Station.


So far it’s been a pretty good day. I’m so glad I was accepted to study abroad.

Also, the staring isn’t too bad. Every now and then someone will look at you and do a double take or check out your outfit, or stand there openmouthed as you pass by. Perhaps it’s because I’m with friends and there’s so many people here, but I’m really enjoying my time here rather than wondering if perhaps there’s a horn growing out of my forehead.

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14 thoughts on “Study Abroad: First Day in Kyoto

  1. TwoHappyCats

    Looks like you’ve had an awesome start! My Japanese teacher also recommended I check out Book Off! He said when he went back to Japan with his Australian wife, she spent the whole trip in there 😛


      1. YvoCaro

        But arent they very hot to wear? Over here in the Netherlands it has been way too hot for the past weeks, so I can only imagine it way hotter over there in Japan!

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