Today is the final day in Hida-Furukawa. Uh oh! I had done laundry the night before but it wasn't set to do the dry cycle (all-in-one machine). Thus all my clothes are wet and I won't make my first train for Kyoto. The original plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but didn't end up leaving until around 11:00. Two others, one which my group member for the project, join on this later train to Kyoto, and as it turns out our hotels are very close to each other. The train returns through the mountain the way we came.
After checking in we all agree to go out exploring. Since it is later on than we hoped to get in, it is difficult to go to any of the famous sites around the periphery of the city. We meet up back at the station and head north and pass through the Higashi Honganji Temple. We kept heading north and ended up on the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The inner gates were closed as it was getting later into the day. We were still able to walk along the large boulevards.
In the evening we headed into Ponto-cho, a very narrow cobbled street full of tiny restaurants, in which we stopped at two of them.