Kyoto: Barhopping in Geisha land
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I arrived in Kyoto around 6pm and took the metro to the hostel I've booked myself for the next couple of nights during my stay in Kyoto.
Navigating around Kyoto's metro was a little challenging for me. I just had gotten used to Tokyo's metro system, and then now - Kyoto. There are less train lines, just 2 companies, but for some reason, it was more difficult. Hmmm... I did arrived to my hostel in 30 minutes, had to walk 2 blocks from the station, carrying my surprisingly heavier bags. I just had to take my time looking at the metro map to really get myself oriented.
Kyoto Hostel and Gion Hostel, only across from each other, is part of the baKpaK Tokyo hostels group of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses.
Because I booked into a 4-bed dorm, I was assigned to the Gion Hostel which was perfectly fine because it was quieter, cleaner, and the bathroom was better. One of the staff, Mari, was leaving and volunteered to walk and help me with my luggage to the hostel. That was nice of her. In the room was two of my roommates. They too reminded me if I was going to the barhopping group that night. They were going.
The group assembled, a whopping 20 people decided to join. Tomo was surprised since the previous week, only a couple people joined her. We walked across the bridge over the Kamogawa River to Karawamachi-dori and the discussion of 'should we eat first or go to a club' ensued.
After dinner, some people decided to go back - tired from the previous night of partying. While the rest went to another bar. Most of the bars were empty. I guess Wednesday night isn't a big party night in Kyoto, so we found ourselves in bar called Sex on the Moon. This bar is on the second floor of a building on a narrow street west of the Kamogawa River- which street, I don't know.
We went to another bar, which not surprising, was empty as well. It was a very 'gaijin' bar called Sam & Dave which have several locations in Kyoto or in other big cities in Japan, if I'm not mistaken.
On the walk back to the hostel, Jord wanted something to eat, and we ended up in McDonald's! I wasn't planning to order anything but I saw that they had teriyaki burger! Jord said it was his treat. Cool~. It was good and I can add to my list about authentic McDonald's from other countries. I had bulgogi burger when I was in Korea the year before.
We all said our good byes, each had different plans for the day to see Kyoto.