Tokyo-On the last day of our All Japan tours trip we went up the Tokyo tower, visited the Imperial palace, took the Sumida river cruise, and saw the Sensoji temple. The tour dropped us off at Odaiba and we got to eat a a restaurant with Tokyo bay in the backdrop and it was the best view at a restaurant I've been at.
Tokyo Last day. By now we were pros using the subway so we went to Akihabara to eat at a Michellin rated ramen place. We shopped Shinjuku area and found Muji again. We snacked at Laduree for a Macaroon and snacked at Din Tai Fung where we had soup dumplings. Last we ate dinner at the mall
Atami-honeymoon resort where I experienced the Onsen and learned the etiquette to bathing.
Tokyo-On the morning we flew out we made a final visit to the fish market for some last minute breakfast sushi and said good bye to our Pasmo subway station card.
Tokyo-Japan back guides tour day. Here our tour guide took us to Rikugien Gardens, the Tsikiji fish market, we saw the Shibuya shuffle, we ate an ice cream crape in Harajuku and last we shopped Shinjuku at Muji. This evening we ate Kobe steak at our hotel. It was an experience
Iga Ueno (Ninja Museum)
A cool display of the secrets of a ninja home. The cookie was hard as a rock and can feed a ninja for months when hiding
Shinkansen Japanese bullet train ride to Atami Onsen resort
Halkone-gonadal ride to top of mountain where we ate the black egg and found a fun Hello kitty statue
Tokyo 1st day-Shopping in Shinjuku and first sushi meal. We were luck to have Jovi (a fellow traveler) show us how to use the subway system and we were able to commute to Roppongi Hills to eat sushi and cook our own seafood.
Tokyo Final pictures of the Hotel New Otani
Saw some cool cars and bought the souvenir repeating school bus.
Cool picture of man painting temple
Kyoto- Bamboo garden at hotel and personal hot pot lunch
Kyoto-Tenryuji Temple (Japanese zen bamboo garden)
6 September 2014
Kyoto-Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) The Pavillion was made of 24K gold and totaled 25 kilos. This was where Ito was trying to make up time and we saw the whole palace in 24 minutes.
Kyoto-Next we made a pit stop to see a kimono fashion show. This was Ito's favorite #4. Also this day we had a pit stop to take part in a traditional green tea ceremony.
Kyoto- Fushimi Inari Shrine one of the most beautiful places we visited. The scenic hike through the gates was unbelievable. Here is where they filmed the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Lucky for us we got to take pictures of 2 Geishas.
Nara-here we saw the Todai-ji temple with 10,000 wandering Sika deer around the temple waiting for a rice cracker to be dropped. Here we also saw a huge Buddha statue
Lunch at the Kyoto mall. We about lost half of our tour group. Ito said the others would just meet us at our hotel. Haha
1st stop on the trip was to the Osaka castle
25 August 2014
First meal in Japan, Haneda (Tokyo) airport. Best shrimp tempura ever. Tried soba noodles, guyu-don and sushi rice roll
Our route to Japan