Sunday, 1st November.
A nice feeling waking up in the morning knowing that later in the day I'd be landing in Japan. My hotel in Bangkok, Holiday Inn Express Siam, being situated about 3 minutes away from National Stadium metro station I decided to go by rail rather than by taxi. For one it is considerably cheaper and sometimes much faster than a cab.
Check in at the airport went smoothly and once in spent my time doing some duty free shopping (confined to tobacco and smokes) and then taking a few pictures some of which may even appear somewhere in my website.
Arrival and processing through immigration and customs at Kansai airport went very smoothly and a few minutes later I was collecting my Japan rail pass (very handy item to consider if you're thinking of travelling in Japan). By train Kansai airport (KIX) to Kyoto where I changed lines for my final destination for the day, Ishiyama. Arrived at the Reiah Hotel at around 9pm. A fairly lengthy day.