We learned many travel lessons as we planned our trip and lived it day to day. We used information from the internet together with some second-hand, out of date travel books. Added to this we got advice from the hotels we stayed in as well as the city tourist departments.
Visiting Japan was an absolute pleasure. For many reasons, we were grateful we went there after China.
While China is impressive with its massive infrastructural growth in a short period of time. It has not brought the society along at the same rate. Where Japan is gentile, China is brash. Where Japan is spotlessly clean China is grimy. For some contrasts you can read about my views of China by clicking here.
We went with my cousin and his Japanese wife so our experience was enhanced by her guidance and knowledge. It made this occasion very special.
Our Kyoto experience was 4 days sightseeing and 4 days trying to master the railway system!!
We missed stations and we missed trains … tripping like real amateurs. But all problems were quickly resolved by the Hyperdia app.
Unaware that it was a long weekend in Japan we booked our stay to stay in Saga as we couldn’t find any reasonably priced hotels in Nagasaki or Fukuoka. It turned out that it was all we needed.
The hotel was within walking distance of the station (which had a super boulangerie for breakfast). It was very easy to find. The rooms are small but adequate. The hotel had coin operated washing and drying facilities and the staff were obliging and helpful.
We spent a few days wandering around Tokyo experiencing a tiny part of their vast and complex railway system. It can be overwhelming, but despite its complexity it operates unbelievably efficiently and reliably. We marveled at the organization and cleanliness of the city. Being overawed by the crowds and amazed at the graciousness of the people.