I feel like I’m never going to catch up with all of these exchange semester posts. Ahhhhh. I arrived in Germany on the fifth (Sunday), and I have been kind of busy since then. Had Monday to unpack and relax a bit before having to head to the Netherlands for university. I didn’t find an apartment in The Hague
(but I also kind of didn’t look hard enough), so this semester I will be commuting from Düsseldorf to The Hague. It works out kind of well because it’s only about two and a half hours by train, and because I only have classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning I can just sleep over at friends’ Tuesday night and hence have to do that train trip only once per week. Sure, it’s a bit sad because I will literally have no social life because I won’t see my friends, like, ever, except on Tuesday during my free hours and maybe Wednesday morning … but at the same time I’m kind of excited to get to live with my family and bother and annoy them a bit. I can also work at my old summer job place again (a vegan restaurant), so yeah, got the money part covered, too. And since this semester is the last, but also the busiest because I have to do an important project and write my bachelor thesis, maybe it’s kind of good to be living with my mother who’s going to cook and do my laundry and stop me from jumping out the window (love you, mom ♥). So yeah.
Anyway, this post wasn’t technically supposed to be a life update, but another snippet or whatever from my life in Kyoto. So let’s get into that. Today I want to write a bit about Takao. Takao is a mountainous area, located in the North of Kyoto.
(kind of behind Arashiyama? Kind of. Or at least not too far off. *geography queen, obviously*) There’s three famous, historic temples in that area: Kozanji Temple, Jingoji Temple, and Saimyoji Temple. Like pretty much everything in Kyoto, Takao is most beautiful (and most popular) in fall, particularly in November, when the fall foliage starts coming out. So that is why a friend and I decided to go in early November, to get the most out of it.
Takao is connected to central Kyoto by bus. There is the JR bus that leaves from Kyoto Station, and also the City Bus 8 that leaves from Shijo-Karasuma. Both busses take around 45 to 50 minutes to reach Takao.
My friend and I decided to take the city bus, but the bus was so crowded and stuffy and hot that after approximately twenty minutes I felt super sick and asked to get off early.
(Pretty sure my friend hated me in that moment, oops.) And then, since busses don’t come that frequently, we decided to just walk the remaining distance to Takao instead of waiting thirty minutes for the next (probably crowded) bus. The weather was amazing and the surroundings beautiful, so it wasn’t all too bad.