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After a ride to the train station (the driver said that Brian looks like Brad Pitt), we took the bullet train to Kyoto. We passed Mt. Fuji but it was so cloudy that we couldn’t see it. We did still see some pretty sites along the way. And we had a small meal – Brian had a pork bento box and I had some snacks.

We checked into our hotel and headed out into the rain to see the neighborhood. We came across this shop called Bake which boasts “the best cheese tart ever” so, I had to try one. It was, indeed, the best cheese tart I’ve ever had (made me think of you, Twila!).

After a lot of walking in the rain and some vegetarian ramen, we headed to Pontocho, a little bar area near our hotel. Run by a Frenchman and an Irishman, L’Escamoteur Bar is ranked #1 for nightlife in Kyoto by TripAdvisor users. It did not disappoint. I had a gin fizz (left) and a shiso sour (right) and both were amazing. The bar was cozy and one of the owners is a magician. This gave it had a fun, mysterious flair and it had a bathroom behind a bookcase. If you’re ever in Kyoto and like a good cocktail, it’s a place not to miss!

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