When we were at the Kansai airport, on our way to Naha, I went through security with no problems, but after Ted unloaded all of his belongings into the machines, he discovered he didn’t have his boarding pass in hand. He checked all his pockets and bags, but it wasn’t there. I was already through so I couldn’t help him. He retraced his steps and fortunately found it on the floor a ways back.
We had reserved train tickets from our town to the airport, from the Kansai airport into Kyoto and back to Kansai, and from the airport in Hokkaido back to our town. We were a bit rushed sometimes because of late planes, but we did make all of our connections. The very last leg of our trip, we were slowed down by the snow storm, but we eventually made it home.
In Kyoto, we bought combination bus/subway passes, making it easy to get around. It would have been easier if we were literate and knew which direction we were traveling, but we did always get where we were going, although not always by the fastest route. Karasuma Oike was the subway stop closest to our hotel. There were about 2000 steps to get up and down. Japan doesn't have escalators everywhere like London.
We were happy not to drive in Naha. Some of the streets were very skinny.
One day we took the 83 bus out of town to Okinawa World, for 560 yen each way. The people working at the city bus terminal were very helpful.
We walked from the Shuri-jo Castle to the Shikinaen Garden and all around the garden one day and decided to take the bus back to the monorail station. The woman at the garden told us the #2 bus stop was around the corner. We were sitting at the bus stop on the wrong side of the street when two people washing their car near the bus stop told us we should be on the other side of the street, just as the bus was pulling up! We ran across the street and made it just in time. Another time we got on the wrong bus and had traveled a ways before we discovered we were on the wrong bus. We were ready to pay as we got off, but the bus driver didn’t charge us!