It has taken me a long time to get this post up. Brian and Kristina’s flight was approaching Tokyo on March 11 when the earthquake happened. We were still able to have a fun week with them.
Brian and Kristina finally got to Tokyo early Saturday morning after spending the night on the floor of the Nagoya train station. I was so excited to see them! After some pancakes and a shower they were ready to go. I wasn’t so sure about riding the subway, but id din’t say anything. We went to Ueno for lunch and then walked around the park for awhile. The museums were closed. Kristina played on the swings while we watched.
Monday we went to Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Omotesando.
At most shrines they have wooden plaques that you can purchase and write a prayer or message on. This one in Spanish made us laugh. Jose is hopeful that when he gets back to Spain Teresa will have dumped Pablo and will be his girlfriend. Not usually the kind of hope expressed here.
We saw this plastic food display at a restaurant. This platter of food was actually on their menu. It was huge!
Tuesday morning we were up early and on the shinkansen to Kyoto. It takes just over two hours to get there. We walked to our traditional Japanese style hotel, the Ryokan Shimizu and dropped our bags. We went to Nijo castle, Kinkakuji and Ryoanji.
Wednesday we got on the train with our first stop being Nara. We walked through the deer park on our way to see the big Buddha.
Horyuji has some of the oldest wooden structures in the world.
For the Birthday dinner, Brian and Rick have the same birthdate, Brian chose okonomiyaki.
After Okonmiyaki we went to visit a temple whose grounds were lit up in the evening. The bamboo was amazing.
What would a visit to Kyoto be without seeing some geishas? These girls were involved in a photo shoot.