This blogpost covers the day of April 9th, 2023 while in Kyoto, Maizuru, Yura, & Amanohashidate.
A new day, a new adventure in the beautiful land of Japan! This time I rushed over to Kyoto Station to head to Maizuru to visit places I was unable to the day prior thanks to weird opening and closing hours. I also had to visit Yura for KanColle Yura tribute, and to pay my own kind of respect to her shrine. The theme is still on KanColle, even if I’m using Azur Lane to show off the naval hype. Shipgirls from KanColle and Azur Lane are still the same.
I’m even thankful and grateful for the kindness, helpfulness, and hospitality from people from both Kure and Yura. Sorry if I seemed off, cold, or anything of that sort. It’s exhausting traveling, and I had to think about a lot of things on how to travel to places. I genuinely desired to converse with people, and I’m glad we managed to do so via translators, such as Google Translate and DeepL. Thank you for helping me out! Again, I’m sorry if I seemed anti-social, or anything of that sort.
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This time I remembered to obtain a JR Pass for this Maizuru train. I went straight to a ticket booth, requested a ticket, obtained one, and waited. Onwards to a new adventure!
(Google, please tell me these things beforehand on what sort of tickets I require.)
Even if I may be stupid, idiotic, and oblivious to various things, I still admire whatever I had accomplished. Admiring all the small and big things making me proud of having accomplished them. I’m happy for how I handled things (for the most part) by visiting various areas in Japan. Once I’m in ‘Mission Mode’ I’m able to visit whatever I desire.
I genuinely admire Japan’s trains! It’s some of the best transportation around. Really puts Canada’s transportation network to shame.
I disembarked from Nishi-Maizuru Station to seek out a taxi to ‘Imperial Navy Memorial Hall’ for some Japanese naval history. I hopped off the train, made my way down, and even went into a bus service center across the street trying to make sense of how to get around. I eventually circled back to where the taxi stands are, eventually obtaining the attention of a taxi vehicle who would take me to the ‘Imperial Naval Memorial Hall’. I had to show him the Google maps, etc. He agreed, and we went off on our adventure.
With the little bit of Japanese I knew I tried requesting where to get off. I tried saying “left” & “right”, and even at ‘Nakamaizu Park’ where they have a parking lot. The guy refused because of directional issues, so I accepted my fate. We eventually reached my intended destination. I gave him his cash, hopefully thanked him, and went on our way. I saw him sitting their (possibly processing the trip), to which I made my way across the pedestrian bridge, and into the ‘Imperial Navy Memorial Hall.’
Imperial Navy Memorial Hall:
The main reason I was visiting Maizuru again was for this exact location. It contains both naval historical goodies, as much as it does with a touch of KanColle gaming pride. Good stuff!
I went up to the booth inquiring how to get to the memorial hall. Was instructed to sign a paper, even given a neck-badge, even instructed in how to proceed to the Memorial Hall. I had to stay to the route, otherwise I would be punished.
If you’re ever curious in learning more about Maizuru’s naval Military history may desire to click on the following links
Now, to obtain my various stamps. Was surprised to find they were also pre-stamped for you to take. Nice! (Nearly lost all my Maizuru stamps in Sapporo’s Mount Moiwa while hiking, and talking to a Japanese girl wondering if I was doing find.)
I basically had this naval hall all to myself up until this point. I had to make way for the other folks making their way around, even hanging back a while to allow them to do their thing.
Why Kasumi? She’s one of my favourite fox girls from Azur Lane, and a ‘Sakura Empire’ factional shipgirl at that. Seems respectful, or at least to me.
Why Taihou? I was told Taihou’s memorial was in the vicinity, I however was unable to pinpoint it.
I signaled to a nearby military member if I could visit the following stone below. They happily, yet respectfully told me not to do so. He even jogged over in that military style which was amusing. Thanks for the kindness and hospitality.
Sadly, I was not allowed to visit the following memorials by walking on the pathway, though I could take pictures of them from afar. As to what they are, I have no clue. I’m only making note of things for blogging sake.
I visited the military booth again, this time giving back the naval badge. I even used DeepL to inquire about the suggested Taihou memorial, and other naval warships. They sadly had no clue, though they were happy, highly helpful, if sadly with no answers. I thanked them, went off on my way, this time heading for a bus stop.
Bussing to Nishi-Maizuru, something I would eventually learn means “East” and “West” Maizuru. The more you know.
Made my way to the bus station to which I asked if they had a PASMO reader. They do not. I had to pay by cash, so I took out my cash to pay the fine. I passed the coins to the female driver to which she “may” have been slightly agitated with me. She took the coin and placed it in the machine, something in itself which may have frustrated her. I purposely allowed myself to be the last one off in case of this sort of situation.
Situation sorted, I headed off to my next destination! Destination Yura!
Yura, I’m back! Back at Nishi-Maizuru to make my way to Yura. I tried going through the same gate I went to previously, even being chuckled at by the ticket-gate guy who now knows me. He happily guided me towards the proper ticket gate, something which was a booth in itself. He tried to gain the attention of the female ticket clerk behind the counter, they were “hiding”. Eventually paid for my ticket, and made my way out to notice KanColle’s Mai & Yura hanging around. Nice!
Unsure how long I waited, it was a fair amount of time. 20 minutes? 30 minutes? Something like that. One train came along, let passengers off, and then went into a train shed for cleaning.
Another train came later. Other people even waved at me in greetings. I love how friendly people are.
Yura (Tango-Yura) Arrival:
Happily arrived at Yura via a lovely train ride. Beautiful!
In the above video you’ll note I was moving around a fair amount, to which the driver signaled for me to get closer to the window. I was genuinely shocked he would gesture me to do so. I’m surprised by the encouragement to take better pictures and videos. I’m simply not used to this.
I should have taken a longer video, and with my Lumix GF-1 at that!
Was interesting to note how I was being greeted and conversed with. Everybody desired to talk, and I was genuinely shocked by that. I was being asked where I was from, to which I noted ‘Ottawa, Canada’. Went up the pedestrian ramp, across, and over again.
I received a large welcome (similar to Kure at Y’s Cafe) taking me way off guard. Was hard to make sense and take it all in at once. I was WAY overwhelmed and over-loaded. I wasn’t sure where to focus, who to talk to, etc. They however showed me Tweets of my Yura confusion the day previous, followed me on Twitter, and even decided to help me after awhile. They made sure to tell everybody I don’t speak Japanese, but to use translation applications. From what I could gather they could even read English, which is nice.
At least we had some “meeting in the middle” moments. Meeting them half way in language, and same with them. I can barely understand Japanese, though sadly can’t speak it. I had tons of awkward moments.
I was gifted a ton of Yura town & KanColle related goodies. I hopefully thanked them, yet was highly overwhelmed.
I was mostly quiet making note of my gifts, Tweeting out my recent gifts, and even trying to capture a few moments of the area. If I spoke Japanese I could have most likely learned and had more interactive moments. Sadly, I had to simply overhear their conversation of a few people guiding me to the Yura shrine.
Welcome to Yura’s Shrine!
Let’s just say that Yura’s memorial is highly easy to miss. I could have spent hours (and into the night) trying to find her memorial the day prior. I’m thankful I had guidance to where her shrine is, and hiding at.
I found it amusing how my new Yura buddies made note of everything I was carrying. From the KanColle buttons, to my Busou Shinki, to everything else. My KanColle file holders, equipment, and possibly how heavy my bag was. Carrying my hobbies all around Japan.
It was beautiful hearing various trains going by every so often. Every 20 minutes, or so.
I hung back just a bit in an attempt to obtain Japan oriented stickers. They didn’t know what Pokemon GO was, or at least didn’t have it. It’s either KanColle, or bust, and I respect that.
I have a few slight regrets of not obtaining certain images and point-of-views, though am still happy with what I managed to acquire for blogging purposes. The view towards the beach was gorgeous.
[Side-note: I was afraid I didn’t capture certain types of images while I was Yura. I’m relieved to know I have various images of Tango-Yura, the sign, and various vague point-of-views of the Sakura Festival, and other perspectives.]
[Side-note: I have another regret of trying to “push” my way to see this shrine while a girl with a Gambier Bay plushie was in the area. I simply desired to view the Yura shrine. I was being stupid and she was looking at me weirdly. I feel bad about this one. Even in hindsight I’m still unaware of what she was thinking, or how she perceived me. All I know I was being stupid simply desiring (in hype) to see the Yura display case. If I was being “pesky” or “rude” in any manner, I’m genuinely sorry. I’m fully aware I’m socially awkward, even back in Canada. I don’t do well in social settings in any situation, locally or abroad.]
We entered into a discussion relating to Yura trains, how they captured it, and how someone was overly proud in taking pictures. I wish I could have commented properly about how they’ve done well with the book. I was genuinely at a loss for words unable to compliment properly. These images (including the post card) are genuinely awesome, I however had a severe brainfart unable to compliment properly on the spot. I however signed their guest book to which they thanked me for their addition. You’re welcome!
I was also told the KanColle Yura themed train was also a limited edition happening. I sadly missed it. I’m happy for those who were able to witness her, even capture her grand moment.
I also briefly tried figuring out where they captured the various bridge train shots. I had a vague idea from Google Maps, though was told from exactly where. Nice!
I was fine eating with chopsticks, though if they desire for me to eat with a spoon then I’ll eat with a spoon (for the rice). No hard feelings. Awkward chuckling, though ate everything desired while planning my next step.
Was informed various stations had various KanColle pop-ups. The closest (and best) option for me was to visit Amanohashidate and head back to Yura for some train images. I already stayed too long, or so it felt like it. I even amusingly heard a remixed rock-traditional take of ‘Sakura Sakura’ theme. Was nice to hear. I picked out one destination, and it was Amanohashidate. I planned my next trip while overhearing how someone doesn’t speak English, and all the other side gossip.
With my next plan set, I paid for my food, and slowly made my way to my area. I even tried making sense of the schedule, the stops, and where to go. Everything would take time so I waited outside. I even belatedly asked about stamps to which it was already to late to obtain one from Yura. I showed them my stamp book, and other goodies.
I waved my good-byes, though may have been stupid in rushing into the train. The guy playing with a Japanese toy (at the end of the video) was making his way to the train as well to which I went ahead of him. I should have let him go. I don’t know why I was in a rush. I should have taken my time.
My mind wasn’t with me this day.
Happily arrived at Hashidate, even inquiring how to pay for my ticket. They told me to pay at the counter in this station. Why Amanohashidate? For a certain KanColle character, and to visit a sky lift.
Proceeded to check in at the ticket gate, made my further to which I was called back to pay my fair. Confused, I came back and paid my fair. It gradually made more sense as to why. I never paid for the ticket at Tango-Yura, only making my way into the place. Because I made my way from Nishi-Maizuro to Tango-Yura I had to also pay for my distance to Amanohashidate.
Niizuki from Azur Lane rarely hits the spotlight, I had to show her. I had to put the foxy Niizuki & Akizuki together. Cute!
With that noted, I had to rush towards Amanohashidate’s Chairlift & Monorail. It was going to close off shortly.
I waited in line to pay for the ticket taking the chairlift up, even though I’m afraid of chairlifts. This experience made me less afraid. It was actually very fun. After about 10-20 minutes I paid for my ticket, was rushed into a chairlift, then gradually made my fun way up the mountain. Everybody staring right at me with and without my phone visible.
Tried to time this between people coming and going. Even during a quiet moment I still had to fight with people trying to come through. Just give me a peaceful 1 minute to capture an panorama oriented image.
Prior to my trip to Japan I bought an ‘Remote ID’ from Amazon Japan to be used on my drone. Never brought either it, nor the drone with me. If I desired to bring a drone with me I would have to register my drone, have the letters printed out on my drone, etc. I left my drone back at home in Ottawa, instead taking a 360 Camera. I would even have to let the authorities know beforehand where I desired to fly my drone. It’s just not worth it. 360 cam all the way! Japan took the hype and fun out of everything drone related.
Every time I see a drone capture from someone else I curse at them on behalf of the Japanese governmental officials having placed a heavy restriction on drone use.
My next destination is more beach-related. I need to visit a beach so I can touch the lovely water on this side of Japan.
After having crossed a bridge a Korean tourist angered me by forcing me to a side causing me to trip on a tree root sticking up above the ground. It hurt a lot. Ouch! Oh, I was angry, even limping a fair amount. I was still nursing my feet from a certain issue it had prior to the trip. Hitting that tree root with me foot hurt for a good 20-30 minutes, or maybe even more. Damn it….
I digress. A lovely quiet beach all to myself.
Because people started following me on the beach I forgot to touch the water. I became far more cranky because I was being pushed around by other tourists. They were interrupting me plans.
While waiting I saw a couple into heavy photography. The guy was taking pictures from my platform while the girl was on the other platform trying to be all pretty for the camera. Taking pictures in a semi-professional manner. Random.
Attempted Tango-Yura stop. As the train kept moving along I kept debating whether I should stop at Yura one last time, or simply head to Nishi-Maizuru. The further we traveled (the more the sun was setting) the more I feared I had to venture back to Nishi-Maizuru, and Kyoto. I had to go back to Kyoto. I missed out thanks to my fatigue.
I tried capturing a few pictures within the train having to delete a few. A father-daughter combo were in the train preventing me from capturing an image solely for the train style itself.
Accidentally made a small scene noting I had to pay $30 yen, or so. 350? Whatever it was. I paid the difference while the train staff was all confused.
Arrived at Nishi-Maizuru during the sunset. Proceeded to get my ticket to which I tried obtaining my next ticket back to Kyoto. I basically ran out of time to which I had to ask for help. I accidentally hung up on the older lady who took my spot assuming I forgot something. I proceeded to apologize. She told me something to which I still apologized.
The Nishi-Maizuru train staff who now knows me happily helped me out, even happily noting my clever way of finding out what my next train is supposed to be. He instead showed me I’m supposed to take another train to reach another train station. It would be another hop.
Unsure if anybody saw me trolling the Pokemon GO gym, and if they had they had to get to me inside the station. Or, shout at me across the fence.
If only. Laughing at the potential frustration they must have been having with me trolling them leaves me highly amused.
You can have your Pokemon gym back now. Back to Kyoto I go while having to stop at one more location for a transfer.
The train stopped at Ayabe, to which an announcement was made to switch the seets around. To rotate the seats 180 for the other direction. I kept mine the way it was, as had other people.
Kyoto Station – Kyoto Arrival:
Back in Kyoto we are to return to gradually return to the hotel.
Well, I’m back in Kyoto. I now need to spend the next day in Kyoto focusing on purely Kyoto things. I only have so many days in Japan, let alone in Kyoto. Time to head back to the hotel to enjoy the night with potential coin machine food or conbini food. I sadly did not note what I ate that night.
Good night! Tomorrow is Kyoto day! 🙂
P.S: Thanks for all your hospitality in both Maizuru, and specially Yura! You guys been too kind, and I respect that. Thank you!