So maybe you noticed I named yesterday's post Day 2 + 3... Well, I totally forgot about day 3 because day 2 was just so jam-packed with awesome that day 3 paled in comparison. Part of that is because it was a travel day from Osaka to Kyoto. In the morning, Joe-San took us to Dotonburi with our luggage so I could go to the Ukiyo-e museum that was closed the day before. He gave us a very heartfelt goodbye and I can say out of my time here in Japan so far, meeting him has been my favorite part. Joe used to be a boxer in Korea, has two adorable daughters that I got to FaceTime with after they went to Sento with their mother, and he shared a lot of his interesting life story with us. Joe-San has great taste in noodles, too. AND he used to play part-time with my favorite Japanese rock band, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant and hosts a show on Osaka's television network every Friday night featuring musicians from Japan. One day maybe Tin Foil Cat can be on the show. 🙏🏼 His smallest daughter is already a fan!
We browsed through the museum and I enjoyed seeing the original woodblock prints that inspired so much if my favorite art. We then headed to Osaka station to make our way to Kyoto. The train ride was pretty short, but it took forever to get on a bus to take us to a bus stop that would let us ride a bus to our next AirBnB. The part that made it so miserable was that while Japan is filled with tourists, they seem to be a lot more pushy and rude in Kyoto. Likewise, the city just doesn't seem as friendly as Osaka, because well, Osaka really is the friendliest in my experiences in Japan so far. The destination was really only 15 minutes from the main Kyoto Station, but the public transportation system in Kyoto is far less efficient than anywhere else I've been in Japan, so it took us about an hour and a half. After we dropped our things off and took a short nap, we decided to tackle the central Tokyo area where Pontocho & Nishiki Market are since all the temples, shrines, and gardens would be closed by 5. Even this was quite a feat because all the maps in Kyoto seem to be turned every which way depending what direction you're facing, what the scale comparison is on destinations, and the fact that each bus, subway, and train company refuses to share a map system so you're stuck comparing multiple maps to see if you can reach your destination with any possibility of ease. (Yes, I know that was a horrible run on sentence.) The frustration this all caused had me constantly saying "I hate Kyoto" which is surprising when anyone I've ever met will say Kyoto is their favorite city in Japan. Another note, when in doubt about whether you're on the right bus or not, you're probably better off walking.
The main highlight of this day was our dinner. And that's pretty much it. We could have played with Bengal kittens, but we were too hungry for that.