Alone in Kyoto
Confession time: I have never been overseas alone.
I am a little worried about my upcoming trip to Japan. Not only am I going it alone, I am not joining a tour, meeting a friend or doing anything that has been planned for me. I am just showing up.
I have booked my first night of accommodation at the airport hotel and then I am planning to head into Tokyo to … look around?
On my birthday, I am going to Harajuku to get all googly-eyed around the people playing dress-ups.
After that, I am catching the Shinkansen to Mt Fuij, Kyoto and Osaka but I have no idea where to stay or what to do when I get there.
Do you have any suggestions? I am at a complete loss. I don’t speak Japanese and I don’t know anyone that lives in Japan. All I know is that I want to stay at a ryokan in Kyoto, soak in an onsen, look at cherry blossoms, see some geishas, eat some sushi and generally absorb all the crafty arty beautifulness that is Japanese culture. I wouldn’t mind going for a bushwalk, if that’s what you even call it in Japan.
I do not, however, wish to sleep under a bridge, no matter how ancient or pretty it is.
Can anyone help? Has anyone been to these areas? Got any cheap suggestions?