After I'm done with exploring Kishi station, I took a normal train (non-themed) back to Idakiso station to see if the Cat Niitama have woken up from its beauty sleep yet.
Day 4: Wakayama (Part 1)
Day 4: Wakayama (Part 2)
|Interior of a normal (non-themed) train|
|Saw that the Omoden train is beginning to leave the depot area at Idakiso station.|
|Yup, Nitama have woken up.|
|Omoden train arriving at Wakayama station|
After I'm done exploring the 3 themed trains at Wakayama, I took a Limited Express train (which was covered by the 4 day JR Kansai Area Wide Pass) from Wakayama station to Kyoto station. From Kyoto station, it was 2 short train rides (about 15mins total) to get to Gion-Shijio station where my accommodations for the next 3 nights is located at.
I stayed at a old restored Machiya (traditional wooden townhouse) called Rakuza Guesthouse, located 1min away from Gion-Shijio station's exit. It cost me 3500yen for a single room (shared toilet/bathroom). This guesthouse have dormitory for females as well as rooms for 2 pax.
The place is extremely quiet, so quiet at night that I can hear my neighbour in next-door room plugging in her HTC phone to charge (the beep sound). I was also able to decipher which countries the guests in the various rooms surrounding mine are from...based on their conversations I am able to hear from my room.
Therefore, sound proofing is extremely bad, but it wasn't too big of a concern for me, since it's a good experience for me to be able to stay at a Machiya at Gion area in Kyoto.
The wooden panels on the floor creaks whenever you walk on it, but I consider it part of the charm of the place.
|Shared common area on ground level of the guesthouse|
|Corridor leading towards shared toilets and bathroom|
|My dinner of rice + nuggets ...together with Runningman on my Tablet. :)|