Japan – Day 5 – Kyoto

Japan – Day 5 – Kyoto

After a nice Western-style breakfast, we headed out for the bamboo forest street in Arashiyama. While the bamboo forest was not really worth it, the town surrounding it was delightful. (I realize it sounds pretentious to say that the bamboo in Madagascar is far...
Japan – Day 4 – Kyoto

Japan – Day 4 – Kyoto

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...
Japan – Day 3 – Hakone

Japan – Day 3 – Hakone

After breakfast in Tokyo, a couple of train rides and a funicular, we arrived at Gora Hanaougi, a ryokan (a Japanese traditional inn). We had a private onsen bath on our terrace. Brian (who approved this photo) thought it was a bit hot – so we added in...
Japan – Day 2 – Tokyo

Japan – Day 2 – Tokyo

In preparation for our trip, Brian and I scoured many travel blogs for tips and things not to miss. One of our favorites, Boutique Japan, had a perfect one-day tour around the city. Here are some highlights. The first stop was at Turret Coffee for a yummy...
Japan – Day 1 – Tokyo

Japan – Day 1 – Tokyo

After some travel delays and cancellations, we finally arrived in Tokyo. Since it was dark when we arrived, it was a bit of a challenge to find our Airbnb. At one point we were at the wrong building (they all looked identical) and I had my arm stuck in the wrong...

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