Greetings from the wintry north! I arrived in Hokkaido on Monday, and I'll be here for quite some time still.
I'm in Teshio now in northwestern Hokkaido staying with some friends.
Here's the bottom edge of Rishiri. I miss traveling to my islands!
I'm going to send a bunch of snow pics from Teshio and Nayoro and points between. Ready?
It's quite the change to be back in proper winter again!
Well, it's Day 1 of my mega Japan holiday. I have a special train pass that is saving me some money, but it meant that today's travel was exhaustingly slow. Here's some pix of today's travel - 5 local trains, a subway, and 2 Tokyo trains. I would have spent about $56 on travel today.
Autumn in Nagoya is a really gorgeous season, so I've been spending a lot of time out among the leaves. Here are about a bazillion pictures of leaves in Nagoya and Kyoto.
Autumn leaves in Kyoto are quite famous, and I've wanted to see them for ages.
I found out that taking local trains to Kyoto is reasonably cheap, so I popped over for a night.
It was actually really crowded, and I loved it!
This is on the Philosopher's Path. I was mainly in search of coffee.
Instead, I wound up at a delightful tea shop.
They are famous for these matcha lattes.
I sat in there!
My Mississippi shoes. Thankfully, no holes in them yet (I wear them a lot).
I just love the energy of everyone out enjoying beauty together. It's so fun!
When I chose my hostel, I chose one of the cheapest ones. I wound up staying in an old converted house that was quirky, cool, and so dangerous! Lots of drop offs and surprise steps around the place! But I made it through relatively unscathed.
At night they light up the trees.
Every time I wear my Japanese alphabet socks, I wind up having to take off my shoes. It's kind of embarrassing.
This event was really cool, but the crowding was a bit scarier! It was dark and I kept tripping over rocks, roots, and couples.
And, no post would be complete without some goofy selfies!