When we were looking at flights from Busan to Osaka, the price was great but there weren’t a ton of time options. We basically had to choose between 8 AM or 5 PM. The airport is a 90 minute drive, so we chose the 5 PM flight.
A friend drove us to the bus station about noon. We went to buy tickets for the next bus to Gimhae airport. It was leaving in 2 minutes. But we made it.
The bus wasn’t even halfway full, so Clarissa and I moved to a different row so that she didn’t have to sit in my lap the entire bus ride.
She did very well on the bus. She played with her tablet and looked out the window. I was actually able to read a book on my Kindle that I started on our trip to Suwon in May.
We arrived to the airport about 2 PM. We checked in for our flight and then went upstairs to have some bibimbap for lunch. After lunch, we headed to security.
Before you get to immigration, there is a really cute character statue. Clarissa loved it so we decided to take her picture with it. About 10 feet after the statue, there are signs that say no photography. But we didn’t notice those until security yelled at us, confiscated Tim’s phone, and deleted said picture. Oops. (He did get his phone back)
We had Dunkin Donuts while we waited for our flight. Clarissa started to get antsy so we walked the length of the terminal, stopping to look at every plane or bus out the window.
The actual flight was uneventful. They fed us a sandwich for dinner which was unexpected since the flight is only about an hour.
Clarissa dropped her new Nemo cup on the way to customs and it broke. I tried to ask the immigration guy about a trash can and showed him the cup that was leaking orange juice. But I don’t think he understood me because he handed me a roll of toilet paper.
We eventually found a trash can after we retrieved our bags, went through customs, and exchanged our money. At this point it was about 7 PM so we grabbed subway (and French fries for Clarissa) for the train ride to the hotel. Clarissa finished her French fries long before Tim came back with our train tickets. We decided on the 2 day Kansai thru pass since we will heads back to Osaka tomorrow.
We then boarded an express train Kyoto. It takes a little over an hour. The Shinkansen office was still open so we bought our tickets to Tokyo for Wednesday.
Then we headed outside. Our hotel has a shuttle that goes to Kyoto station. But the website wasn’t specific about where exactly it was. So in our search, we got to see the Kyoto Tower.
The fountain also had a light show with music playing. Clarissa loved it!
We couldn’t figure out where the shuttle bus would be so we looked at a big map on the wall of a building. A kind Japanese girl called the hotel and found out that the last shuttle bus was already back at the hotel.
So about 10 PM, we took a taxi to the hotel. The driver was nice. The suitcases fit in the trunk but the stroller had to sit up front near the driver.
The hotel is really nice. When we got to our room, I realized that I lost my 2 day train ticket. It was in my pocket, which wasn’t a problem until I took a picture of Kyoto tower and put my phone in my pocket. It probably fell out when I took my phone back out of my pocket. Hopefully someone finds it so they can ride the train for free tomorrow!
Clarissa didn’t get to bed until 11:30, so it will be interesting to see if she still wakes up early tomorrow. I don’t want to sleep too late though, or we won’t have enough time for everything on our list for Osaka.