Kyoto Travel Blog› entry 8 of 20 › view all entries
We walked through the Kyoto train station to the adjoining mall and went up, up, up the escalators. All the way up to the 12th floor. The Kyoto Station and mall is open aired and you can take super long escalators all the way up to the top floor of restaurants. You can then climb up the steps to the 13th floor with a sky garden and great views of the city. We walked around the Cube (12th floor) looking for a restaurant. We decided on an omelet place and got lucky that they had an English menu. We all enjoyed our meal, collected our luggage and went back down the escalators. On the way down, my uncle wondered aloud why there were no birds inside. I pointed to a sign at Café du Mond (yes, similar to the one in New Orleans).
We went back through the station to catch our hotel shuttle bus. Soon we arrived at our hotel, the Westin Miyako Hotel. We checked into our rooms and rested a little before going out. Our room looked over a moldy looking tennis court and had two single beds. You have to put your key card in the slot by the door in order to get the electricity to work. This way you can’t leave for the day and waste electricity by leaving the lights on. Our room also had a copy of the New Testament and the Teaching of Buddha in English and Japanese. Aunt and Uncle got the better view over the gardens.