~ japan day 1: departure + kyoto ~

13 September 2010

what an early start. we had to wake up at 4 in the morning to catch a 7 o’clock plane from Singapore to Kansai Airport. had our quick breakfast at T2’s McDonald’s and ran back to T1 to board… we made it to the gate before closing by thismuch.

on the way to Kyoto on the way to Kyoto

the flight went really smooth and aina behaved rather okay. she was a little scared during the take off that she had to hold on my hands. but that’s about it. the only other problem was that she had trouble sleeping. aina woke up too early, and couldn’t go back to sleep in the cab. and it seems that she can only fall asleep by sitting on my lap and she’s gotten pretty heavy. so, she drew, played with her ipod, and drew again… and finally she asked, “binggi, how come the airplane takes forever to get to Japan?”

on the way to Kyoto

oh, and i started to sneeze like there is no tomorrow and my nose started to get stuffed. i think i’m allergic to airplanes. or something in the circulating air inside the planes.

we had to stop by Taipei to (probably) refuel, so we had a chance to… umm, pee in that airport. the stop was only 20 minutes, by the time we’re done peeing, they had ushered us back to the plane.

taipei airport taipei airport

during the second leg of the flight, i finally got to catch my sleep. aina played with ari the whole time and i snoozed away. i woke up when the plane’s wheels touched the ground. yay!

aina was pretty excited that she finally landed in Japan, even though i’m not sure she actually understands what that means. as for us, that means, we had to take care of some ticketing: buy tickets from Airport to Kyoto and another ticket from Kyoto to Tokyo for the 15th… but first: immigration. the line was long and slow. they take pictures and fingerprints of all the foreigners. and as soon as we started to queue, aina fell asleep. i guess, she’s more comfortable sleeping on her beloved stroller than in the airplane’s seat.

osaka osaka

after passing through the immigration and customs, we went straight to the JR office to take care of the next leg of our trip. well, maybe not straight — ari had to take a ciggy break first :)

kansai airport kansai airport

it was still bright outside as we landed exactly at 4pm.

we took the Haruka Limited Express from Kansai Airport to Kyoto, just like we did 5 years ago. aina didn’t have to buy a ticket, but she didn’t get a seat. but that’s okay, because she can either sit on my lap or we can lift the arm rest up and let her sit between ari and i.

to kyoto
to kyoto
to kyoto
to kyoto
to kyoto

by the time we got to Kyoto Station, the day has turned to night. it was dark and windy. with a map on one hand and the stroller on the other (ari pushed the suitcase), we walked, looking for Kazari-ya Guest House.

arrived in Kyoto Station!

thank god that we’re light travelers — only one relatively small suitcase for the three of us — because if we did have more than one suitcases, we would be super pissed when we got lost looking for the guesthouse. yep, we got kinda lost… until a very nice japanese guy came over and helped us looking for the place. he called up the guest house to find the address… which turned out right across the street from where we were standing! (to our defense, Gojo-Dori is loooong and wide!)

the room at Kazari-ya was BEAUTIFUL! we arrived at night, so the pictures for today doesn’t do justice. but it’s very pretty… on one side it has a sliding door facing the garden. yes, our room has a porch facing the garden!

our room in Kazari-ya our room in Kazari-ya

the staff on the front desk speak okay english and gave us great recommendations for places to eat. this room is probably the best room we’ve had for any guesthouses/bed ‘n breakfast in Japan. the minsyuku in Beppu came second. the bathroom, although shared, is very clean. there is a pretty big kitchen to use, too. and, on top of that, free wi-fi in all rooms! wahooo!

since we touched down at the guesthouse around 7, i was starving… we went out and boungt a drink from the vending machine before we searched for food. just because aina likes vending machines.


we were going to an izakaya recommended by the staff right next to Bukkoji Temple, but the place was full. so we went to another izakaya called Tenkadori on Karasumadori. yummy and child-friendly…

tenkadori izakaya tenkadori izakaya

after a filling dinner, we went back to the guesthouse with some snacks from the nearby konbini.


then we ended the night by taking shower and rest. if things go according to plan, we have a long day tomorrow :)

more photos of the day at Flickr: 13 september 2010

~ comment (20) ~

wooowww…..bagus2 fotonya dan Aina kelihatannya senang sekali…

maudy pojoh kamarga | 28 September 2010 - 06:24 | reply

hihihi, thank you ma… lensa baru! :D aina lumayan excited mo ketemu doraemon, mickey dan totoro, hehehe.

thalia | 28 September 2010 - 08:14 | reply

keren abiiiizzzz….. Aina dan emaknya adorable banget….

maya Lubis | 28 September 2010 - 06:37 | reply

ih, bisa aja mba maya… :D kami emang banci foto, hihihi.

thalia | 28 September 2010 - 08:27 | reply

wah rupa2nya banyak yg nunggu ceritanya ya…menarik sih. Iya Aina kelihatan enjoy, plus excited. Parentsnya tentu aja.

mimi | 29 September 2010 - 12:04 | reply

iya, aina masih excited. kitanya juga. maklum, baru nyampe, hehehe.

thalia | 29 September 2010 - 02:03 | reply

Penasaran ama bawaannya segimana. Btw,Thalia dirimu cantik bgt uuuuyy.. Aih,Aina suka ama vending machines juga,toss dulu dong kita :D

nyanya | 29 September 2010 - 02:12 | reply

ihiy, baik sekali kamu, nyanya… *senang dan geer*

ini ada foto kopernya. jadi si koper + stroller. http://www.flickr.com/photos/turniptopia/4987074960/

thalia | 29 September 2010 - 02:50 | reply

“binggi, how come the airplane takes forever to get to Japan?”
Haha… I adore you, Aina! Btw, Snowy aja udah ke Japan ya… aku dari dulu pengen2 mulu tapi ga jadi terus ;p

Cindy | 29 September 2010 - 07:51 | reply

hihihi, snowy sih ikut kemanapun, termasuk ke kamar mandi :P

thalia | 29 September 2010 - 10:47 | reply

Aina lucu banget dan keliatan seneng, ngerti ya mo jalan2? Eh gaya lo keren deh, gue mo pake baju begitu ga PD soalnya kebayang gue pendek bisa kelelep sama baju :( And I love your hair!

Ayo cerita2 lagi, ditunggu lanjutannya ya…

otty | 30 September 2010 - 02:57 | reply

ty, tinggi kita kan ga beda jauh? gue tingginya cuma 152cm kok. pendeeek bo, jadi susah nyari baju, hehe.

sip sip, ini lagi nulis, tapi baru nyampe hari ke-2, huhuhu.

thalia | 30 September 2010 - 08:41 | reply

hi thalll, setuju nyanya, dirimu cantikk dan kerenn :)
duh serunya jalan2… ditunggu postingan berikutnya :)

crey | 30 September 2010 - 05:21 | reply

aw, haha, bisa aja si ibu chrisye. seru emang… ampe males pulang, haha. tapi kangen ama koda… :P

thalia | 30 September 2010 - 08:42 | reply

wow! nice nice nice!

iman hidajat | 1 October 2010 - 06:20 | reply

yay, thank you thank you thank you! :D

thalia | 1 October 2010 - 07:35 | reply

Keren Thal, photo2 nya… Apalagi yg dari pesawat motret laut dan langit… Sumpah keren abeeess… -ngiler-

Cynthia Sumarijanto | 5 October 2010 - 02:01 | reply

hihihi, untung kaca pesawatnya ga dekil2 amat… tp motret langit dari pesawat kayaknya ampir selalu bagus ya?

thalia | 6 October 2010 - 03:17 | reply

Thal, mo nanya dong, strollernya aina itu merk apa? keliatannya light weight tapi ada tempat buat taro barang juga, which is ideal for travelling. Thanks for the info dulu yah.

jacqui | 27 October 2010 - 04:04 | reply

stroller gue Maclaren Volo yang taun 2007. highly recommended buat traveling, soalnya ringaaaan dan ringkes banget :) gue pernah bikin reviewnya disini: http://theurbanmama.com/product-review/207/maclaren-volo.html

thalia | 27 October 2010 - 04:34 | reply