After an eleven-hour flight from Amsterdam to Osaka, I embraced the well-known Asian humidity and boarded the rapid express to Kyoto, hassle-free thanks to my ICOCA & HARUKA combination ticket. It was the morning of the 1st of August, a perfect time to arrive. At Kyoto Station I switched to the local train line and easily found my way to my apartment right around the corner from Shijo Station. I didn't give myself a minute to rest because I knew the lack of sleep would eventually kick in; not so much the jet lag, though. I only ever deal with that bitch when I travel to and back from the US. After a quick shower, a first 'welcome back' conbini visit and first sip of my dearly beloved milk tea, I headed straight to my main point of interest and the reason for my trip to Kyoto in the first place: the famous torii gate 'tunnel' from one of my favourite movies 'Memoirs of a Geisha' - Fushimi Inari-taisha.
Where in the world have I been, literally? I've jetted off to Japan for a little more than three weeks, folks. Déjà vu, déjà vu, I've already been to Japan in August last year, but this time around I spent my entire vacation in the ever-so beautiful Land of the Rising Sun, because. And before I get into editing the three gazillion photos that probably won't be up until late next week, I thought I'd let you know I'm still somewhat alive (not jet-lagged, just really exhausted from unpacking the loads and loads of souvenirs I bought) by teasing you with a Japanese KitKat haul. You're welcome!