I took the bus from Shizuoka at 10 pm and we drove all night to get to Kyoto this morning. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep. The bus was pretty nice, though, considering it was fairly cheap (10,000 yen round trip - about $100). There was a lot of leg room and we got complementary slippers and a blanket.
After wandering around for a good half hour looking for my hotel (my terrible sense of direction never fails on vacation in a new place), I finally located it, dropped my stuff off (but couldn't check in until 3 pm), and made my way to Fushimi Inari Shrine, the place I wanted to visit the most while in Kyoto. I've seen photos of the hundreds of red torii gates and think they are so beautiful and great for photos. I took the train from Kyoto station to Inari and made my way up the mountain under the torii gates.
And even though it's only 9 pm, I'm in my hotel-provided pajamas and going to bed, baby! I want to get an early start tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more Kyoto adventures!