Kyoto, the Walking City

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They call Kyoto, “The Walking City,” and for good reason. While an extensive network of buses, subways, and JR lines do serve the area, the city itself begs to be walked.

Winding side streets, tree lines boulevards, temples tucked in hidden corners, streams running along lantern lit roads, everything combines to create a picturesque walking scene. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that all the attractions are close enough that it’s hard to justify the subway fare, but just far enough that it’s a reasonable walk. And, as soon as you finish one sight it’s only a tad bit further to walk to the next.

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After only four days here, I’m starting to feel all this unplanned exercise. My thighs muscles ache every time I so much as glance at another flight of stairs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I never exercise. I run regularly, I love hiking, I’m pretty outdoorsy. But something about all of the whimsical strolling I’ve been doing recently is taking it’s toll. So, when I warned my family that there was going to be a lot of walking in Nara (where we’re heading today), rather than their enthused response, what I was really hoping for is “oh, we’ll take it easy then.” No such luck.

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