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2010 04 03 - Kyoto day 5

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If you are walking from Kyoto to Osaka and don't have a map or navigational system, what do you do? You take "screenshots" with your phone from Google Maps and hope your phone doesn't run out of battery halfway

I got up a little later then planned and left even later because I had decided to give myself a huge test. I wanted to walk from Kyoto to Osaka (47 km), carrying my backpack all the time. I had done so, many times, before while walking through Europe, but then I was younger (18), fitter and my backpack was lighter (no laptop, no paperwork, no other electronics). But it would be a good test to see if I could make it. I booked a hostel in Osaka (Hiro's Guest House) and told them I would be coming in late because I had a 10 hour walk ahead of me. I also made photo's on my phone of a google-map walking route and then it was time to leave Kyoto behind.

If you think the Japanese are only fond of Anime cartoons you are (only slighty) wrong

It took over 1 hour to reach the end of Kyoto, but walking out of it and seeing it get smaller behind me was a great feeling. The backpack felt ok and I was confident that I would reach the hostel in time. The route became pretty boring though, following the highway and railroad for about 20 more kilometers. Fortunately there were many fun things to see whenever I passed a small town. After being halfway the route left the highway and started following a river. This looked good at first, but soon turned out to be really bad because of the curved surface I was walking on. Think of walking on a round indoor weelercourse and you get the idea. After 2 hours, and still 3 hours from Osaka it started to become dark and colder and my right feet already hurt quite a bit from what I expected was a blister.

I walked for 2 more hours after dinner and reached Osaka. I decided to take the local loop train to my hostel instead of walking the last 5 km. The hostel itself wasn't easily found but I made it. This had to be one of the newest hostels ever, but there were hardly any guests. E-J, a beautiful and smart former student from South Korea had a surprise for me: A hot water, electric foot bath, including massage settings. This worked wonders for my feet that were indeed covered with blisters. A shower and a good talk with a few local Korean women finished the evening and I went to bed, exhausted but glad I made it.

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