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Trip Report Visiting Kyoto for the color - and there was no color :)

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I got back from my lightening trip to Kyoto and Tokyo on Wed night. Will probably do a full on TR next week (but right now I'm facing major dental work and oral surgery -- this is sort of to get my mind off tomorrow ;) )

Slight snags -- I chose Kyoto in November to see the color . . . and there wasn't any. I guess autumn was so warm that nothing had changed yet. But not to worry -- I still had a GREAT time. Then snag # 2 . . . I traveled on to Tokyo on Monday knowing it was a holiday. But didn't realize that a Monday holiday closes most of the sites on Tuesday :( I was in the city Monday afternoon til early Wed afternoon - so my only full day in Tokyo and everything I intended to see (the Imperial Palace gardens, the Edo-Tokyo museum, etc) were shut. But not to worry - I still had a GREAT time :)

I will have to go back sometime -- maybe during a less crowded season in Kyoto (it was absolutely jam packed almost everywhere) and avoiding a holiday in Tokyo.

I loved both of my accommodations -- a funky pretty basic guest house in Kyoto practically in the shadow of Nishi Honganji and about a 15 minute walk from Kyoto station, and a quite posh hotel directly across the road from the Tokyo station JR office and a short walk from the Imperial Palace and walkable the Ginza. Instead of gardens and museums in Tokyo I visited the fish market and the Kabuki theatre and splurged on a wonderful dinner.

I had great weather until the day I flew out and utterly enjoyed everything even though the trip I ended up with was a bit different than the trip I envisioned. Over 3 days in Kyoto and about 1.5 days in Tokyo I walked 41.6 miles (per my handy dandy pedometer) . . .

I was amazed how inexpensive most things were.

Thanks for all the help when I was planning this on pretty short notice.

Now time for a pain pill and try to get some dinner down . . . .

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