When you ever plan to visit Kyoto, better do not ask me for advice. Probably the city to visit for its manifold cultural background Kyoto is a must see on any trip to Japan. Still, this time I passed on many famous sights and did spend less than 24 hours before heading on. But I have my reasons.
The route coming from Beppu might not have been the shortest, but I still arrived just two hours later at the southernmost major city of Kyushu after taking the Shinkansen from the very north. I can hardly stop praising the excellent train service.
The train ride with the Kamome (Seagull) limited express was quiet enjoyable. The cars had a parquet floor and leather seats, in addition the overhead shelves looked like the ones in airports. The weather changed for the bad and while travelling along the coast line, all I saw was a rainy coastline.