The shinkansen continued its speedy approach towards Kyoto, and as it did so, the winter weather seemed to intensify.

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As the shinkansen continued south west, the sky turned grey and the snow came in.

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The logistics of carrying my luggage in heavy snow started to dawn on me as the conditions outside got wilder.

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And then — quite as suddenly as the wild weather appeared — blue skies returned.

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The weather continued to improve as I got closer to Kyoto.

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I arrived at Kyoto station and set off.

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I exited the station and headed in the direction of my hotel, which was thankfully not too far from the station.

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As I headed for the hotel, it began to snow. Thankfully, this was far more manageable than the snow I’d experienced in Yuzawa.

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It did start to pick up, but crucially the ground was not slushy... yet.
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I reached my hotel and checked in.

APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
〒600-8236 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto
15 Jan
Check in
19 Jan
Check out
★ ★

After dropping my bags, I set off again. As I walked out of the hotel, a coffee shop across the road caught my eyes with its specialty coffee signifiers…

I was staying across the road from Kurasu — a place I’d purchased coffee equipment from all the way back in Perth.

What were the odds?
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I grabbed a takeaway filter and set back off for the train station, intending to visit Fushimi–Inari shrine.

Snow fell gently as I waited for a train.

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Soon a train arrived, and I was on my way… Well, not for long. Due to the snow, our train had to stop for a good 20 minutes.

Good photo ops though.
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Eventually the train began to move again, with sunset fast approaching now. I alighted and headed for the shrine.

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Snow was falling thick and fast now. Nevertheless, many people — myself included — were keen to see the shrine regardless.

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Throwing caution to the wind, I was indiscrimnately shooting while my camera and I got covered in snow.

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I continued up the trail as sunset approached.

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Night fell, and it was time to head back.

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I headed back to the train station and made my way back to Kyoto.

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Having worked up quite an appetite, I traipsed to a highly rated ramen place.

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One delicious bowl of ramen later, I traipsed through the ice and snow back to the hotel.

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