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I took the night bus from Tokyo to Kyoto, and got to Kyoto Station around 5 am!! That’s super early, and about 1.5 hrs before we were scheduled to get there. NOTHING was open, it was terrible…so I got a locker for my stuff and went to McDonald’s. They actually opened an hour early, because there were 30 people wandering around with nowhere to go!! Once people started moving around, and places opened up, I decided to take my bags to my guesthouse. I got on the subway and went to Gion, then dropped my stuff off at the guesthouse at 7 am. There was no one outside, it was dead! I want to Yasaka Shrine for most of the day, it was amazing.

After Yasaka, I walked to Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It was huge and a little overwhelming, and completely gorgeous.  I felt so calm and peaceful there, and I walked around in awe the entire time.

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The amazing ceiling!

The amazing ceiling!

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I went back to IchiEnSou after wandering around the area for another few hours. I met a few people who were staying there, and we went to the stairway leading to Kiyomizudera, so they could buy some presents for people back home. The stairs are lined on both sides with tons of little shops and cafes. They’re so cute, and an awesome place to buy gifts! Everyone had okonomiyaki for dinner…but it was the type of restaurant that only had once choice, and since I’m vegetarian, of course I couldn’t eat it. The little restaurant was tiny and had an awesome atmosphere, and it was funny trying to teach them how to say ごちそうさまでした.

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