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Morning in Kyoto

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It was my last day in Kyoto and the very last day in Japan as well. 

I had to return back to Tokyo first because I had a plane departing from Narita to Gold Coast at 8.30pm. I already booked a bullet train ride from Kyoto to Tokyo for 2.30pm. I still had time to explore Kyoto and I already had a plan to go to near-by Toji Temple Complex.

When I planned my vacation I made a mistake - I marked my return as 14th of April forgetting the fact that I'm leaving Japan on 14th at 8.30pm and the flight takes 10 hours. After that I had to wait for a plane to Sydney and so on... Yep, I only discovered it a couple days prior my departure and had to re-arrange a lot of stuff.

Behind the glass
That created some inconveniences for the business and I knew that once I'm back - I'm in a lot of trouble and most importantly work will immediately consume all of me... So I decided to enjoy my last day of freedom to it's fullest =)

At 9am I was already almost packed, for the last time I played with yukata's belt and had some fun making flowers out of it. I took the last pictures from my room's window and floor's balcony and went down to finalize my hotel stay account. After that I checked my emails for the last time and left the hotel. It was a pleasant stay and I wished I had more time really! 

I walked 10 minutes from the hotel to Toji Temple Complex. The streets were almost empty and sun was shining nicely. However it was very cold, my guess is that it was about +9C.

Playing with the belt =) I love it, I love it, I love it =)
It was windy from time to time and I felt chills running through my limbs. 

I had a walk around Toji Complex grounds and then bought a ticket to the garden with Five-Story Pagoda. According to the powerful Internet I learned that it is the tallest pagoda in Japan. That was really surprising so I headed straight to it to check it out for myself (not with the tape measure though =))

The garden was full of blooming Cherry trees and there were plenty of fallen petals on the ground. The team of cleaning workers was picking them up but it was pretty much useless since regular wind gusts like some sneaky naughty children were ripping new petals off the trees again and again.

I felt really overwhelmed staying next to Pagoda, it was somewhat spooky feeling, it was so massive that I imagined myself being a tiny ant and that I was in the land of giants.

View from the balcony
 I thought to myself that it won't take much trouble to squash me with bare hands... One side of Giant Pagoda had a special metal support, it's an old structure so probably it deteriorated in some parts? I took some pictures and moved away from it for good =)

I went around the pond and saw some cute turtles placed on the big stones which I assumed to be sculptures. After that I went to explore other parts of the park. There were benches under Cherry trees near the pond and I decided to sit there for a bit. When I came back there I found out that turtles were actually pretty much alive moving around and swimming and even wrestling with each other for the best place under the sun! =) I was so excited and spent some time watching their games.

People started to arrive and also some school excursions so I moved from the pond to a quieter part of the park.

View from the balcony
I spent some time sitting under Cherry trees and after a while I became covered in petals =) An old cleaning worker came up to me and asked me if I need help to take off the petals (he didn't speak English but I somehow understood from his expressions what was that about). I didn't want to get rid of the petals so I told him that I was happy with that. He smiled and chuckled and then went away to continue with his work. Just out of curiosity I ate a few petals. They tasted nicely fresh and tiny bittersweet... Back in my childhood - I remember my grandpa loved to make jam from rose petals, he loved it a lot but I never truly appreciated it. He didn't trust anyone with those petals and nobody was allowed to touch his special greenhouse for roses. It brought back memories of me as a naughty little creature stealing some of the petals from him and putting them into my tea but entirely for fun.
Kyoto Tower is hiding behind that newly built building
=) That was the same taste as cherry petals I just chewed!

I decided to move on and may be go and take some pictures of Kyoto Station during daylight. I said my last good-byes to Five-Story Pagoda and slowly walked along the streets. I took some last pictures of my hotel and surroundings and found myself inside Kyoto Station. 

I climbed up the second level of Kyoto Station and realized that it was too freezing to go higher. I felt really useless and suddenly I remembered that I haven't yet visited shops for more souvenirs! Instead of feeling upset I drowned myself in shopping - the best thing I could never get tired of =) I bought a lot of chocolates and cookies and some toys, even bought a tiny model of Hikari - bullet train I was traveling on a couple times =)

Then it was time to board my train.

On the way to Toji Temple
Before that I went to the ticket office and booked a seat for 5.30pm Narita Express from Tokyo Station (it didn't cost me anything with my JR Pass). I was about to arrive to Tokyo Station at 5.10pm so I thought that would do.

I got a seat near the window again and next to me there was an old couple. They were in their 70s I guess, quite lively though. They were talking almost all the time... At one point grandpa grabbed my hand, shook me hard like some apple tree and started to point towards the window (I thought my heart would stop... =)) - we were passing by Fuji-san and since the weather was clear I was able to catch the magnificent view of the Great Mountain! Surely I forgave him for stunning me =)  Than he grabbed me for the second time (but I was already prepared =)) and showed me the glimpse of Odawara Castle. That was a nice ride with lots of funny surprises so I enjoyed it!

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View from my window
View from my window
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On the way to Toji Temple
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Toji Temple Complex entrance
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Magnificent Cherry Blossoms
Magnificent Cherry Blossoms
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Just wow!
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Breathtaking view
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Petals like carpet
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Cant get enough of it! =)
Can't get enough of it! =)
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Cherry Blossoms and the sky...
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Even more petals
Even more petals
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Pilates at its best =)
Pilates at its best =)
Fitness first! =)
Fitness first! =)
Hide-and-seek =)
Hide-and-seek =)
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Toji Temple Complex
Toji Temple Complex
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Toji Temple Complex
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Swimming in the pond =)
Swimming in the pond =)
Bathing under the sun =)
Bathing under the sun =)
Fighting for a good place =)
Fighting for a good place =)
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Toji Temple Complex
Toji Temple Complex
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Cherry Blossoms
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Vending machine with that same ad…
My darling hotel Kyoto Plaza =)
My darling hotel Kyoto Plaza =)
Shrine across the street
Shrine across the street
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Busy streets
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Kyoto Station during daylight
Some funny advertising
Some funny advertising
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Kyoto Station structures
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That contemporary art...
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Kyoto Station from other side
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Another piece of contemporary art
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It goes up a few levels but it wa…
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Kyoto Station
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View on the tracks
Not my train =)
Not my train =)
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I love their *faces*
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I love it, it looks really cute a…
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