Like I said before, Kyoto was like stepping into a magical land where everything is beautiful, and also kind of in the past. After visiting so many insane temples and gardens, you just kind of start to go numb and stop outwardly freaking the way you did for the first few, especially when you’re so tired you can’t even see straight. Kyoto is seriously quaint, and there really aren’t many big, shiny hotels like in other cities, although there are more under construction that will open in the next few years. Without too much to choose from, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which turned out to be awesome. This was the second hotel (after the Park Hyatt Tokyo) where I was greeted with a bouquet of flowers from the front desk. We had an amazing corner suite,E but the hotel was so overbooked that they could only give us a room with two beds. After several apologies, they sent up some people to push the beds together, which I thought was hilarious because when we got upstairs, each bed was definitely bigger than a queen. After about a half-hour of work, the two guys were done “pushing the beds together” and we went back into the bedroom to find the most gigantic bed we had ever seen. It was basically two king-sized beds made into one and, in true Japanese form, they made the bed so perfectly that we couldn’t feel the crack between the two beds. I have no idea how they did it, but it was flawless.
You would think with so many zen gardens and Buddhist temples that we would be relatively calm in Kyoto… that would be normal, but that was not the case. As usual, we had a lot to see in limited time and we both get insane cases of FoMo if we don’t get to see everything we’ve deemed to be important in a city. I was literally dragging my tired ass around, and I was definitely reflecting that, as well as the laid back vibe of the city in general, in the way I was dressing. I sort of gave up, and it felt so good. I stuck to the most basic and comfortable clothes I had with me, and covered it all up with a giant green tent of a windbreaker. Boom.