Countdown to Japan: JR Pass, Kyoto, and lost photos.

I wanted to share some photos from the last time I was in Japan. Unfortunately, the only ones I can find are these gems from my Snapchat archives and are taken at Hong Kong International Airport.

I might have deleted them from Facebook and Instagram during one of my “purging episodes”. I’m sure they exist in my old laptop, but seeing that I refuse to give Apple anymore of my money, I’m just not going to have them extracted. Besides, there's nothing of value in that old MacBook Air - just my entire music collection from 2009 - 2018.

But enough about that. Today I wanted to talk about going to Kyoto!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm spending a couple of days in Kyoto. I bought my JR Pass last month ($284.50 USD including fees for a 7-day pass), as I was told that it would cost more if I buy it when I'm already in Japan.

A one-way fare on the Shinkansen would cost about $130.00. And since I can use the JR Pass on any of the JR trains and buses for 7 days, it could end up being a better value than just buying a round trip ticket.

However, I would still need to get a subway pass since I plan on doing a lot of sightseeing within Tokyo. I'll do a recap once I return, to see if I actually saved money.

For now, I am still deciding on how to best spend my time while in Kyoto. I know that I would like to see the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Torri gates (Fushimi Inari Shrine), but other than that, I might just walk around and explore the city. I'm really not sure.

With less than a month away, I really should figure out and plan my activities for this trip.