It’s that time again. After spending some quality time in Nagoya, we’re hopping back on the Shinkansen and heading further south to Kyoto.
I love these rides.
Japan’s countryside opens up before us as we break orbit at breakneck speed from Nagoya’s gravitational pull. This ride on the Shinkansen is our shortest yet– only 80 miles to Kyoto– yet there is no lack of variety in the landscapes that we see.
There are always signs of civilization near the train tracks, but my eyes wander past the houses and gaze upon the rolling hills and mountains beyond.
Every single inch of open space is used for rice paddies. However, instead of the placid water-filled plots we saw on our way down from Aomori, there are now vast rows of green sprouts just beginning to peek above the glassy surface.
It feels like we’re seeing the rice grow before our eyes.
The train makes good time and before we know it, we are already making our final approach into Kyoto. As we draw closer to the emperor’s former home, the verdant fields of rice once again give way to a man-made sea of homes, roads, and of course, combini.
Minutes later, our train silently glides into Kyoto Station. We step off the train and set out to explore our new home.
Dreaming of Kyoto
- A Look Down Kyoto’s Streets
- Exploring Nishiki Market
- Custom Kabocha Curry in Kyoto
- Down by the River
- This is Kyoto
- The Hidden Palace
- A Temple on Main Street
- At the Foot of the Mountain
- Late Night Kim Chee Fried Rice
- Falling Through Time in Gion
- Crunchy Katsu Curry in Kyoto