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Jul 10, 2019 - Kyoto to Kotohira-Visit Shrine of Sculpted Faces,100 Stepped Garden

Todays bus ride is a long one and we visit many beautiful sights. First we make a stop at the 100 Stepped garden. It is located on the grounds of a huge hotel. The final group of photos in this section is of a brand new rest stop on the highway, It had everything from great goodies to eat to a talking robot to assist you. For our accommodations tonight we stay at traditional Japanese ryokan. After checking in we walk 800 steps to a wonderful shrine on the hill above our ryokan. It is mostly shaded and well worth the walk.

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Japan 2019

May 25, 2019 - Yokohama Day One

Saturday May 25, 2019 Good Morning 𯌏𯒫 from Yokohama, It is currently 9pm in Calgary Friday, May 24 for most readers and noon Saturday May 25 for me! Yes that silver time machine (aircraft) that lands us in different parts of the globe has deposited me in Japan. I have never got over the magic of flying𯛫𯛬. It is simply amazing. Yesterday I took the direct flight from Calgary to Tokyo in under ten hours, crossed the date line, arriving at 2:30 pm. A quick bag collection followed by the direct 90 minute bus trip south east of Tokyo to...

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McGill 2020

May 9, 2019 - Japan-Jared/Tokyo and beyond

In 2019 Jared's tour in Japan was coming to a close. We decided a visit would be a good idea so he could show us around. We also signed up for a 13 day Trafalgar Tour. We did not know what to expect from Japan and we both did not know if we would have visited had Jared not been there. We planned 6 days with Jared at his apartment in Yokosuka near the navel base. It is a long flight so we decided to take a flight from Redding to SF, then to Haneda the closest airport. This journal tracks our visit and experiences in the Land of the Rising...

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Japan 2019

Mar 29, 2019 - Sushi, Asakusa, Yanaka

Today started with trip to Ginza and a sushi breakfast. As we sat at the counter all sorts of sushi dishes went by in front of us on a conveyor and you just reached out and took whatever dish you wanted. We're not big sushi fans so we only ate two dishes each but couldn't help but notice that the couple next to us went through 7 or 8 each. After breakfast we traveled to Asakusa to visit the Senso-yi Buddhist temple that was built in the 7th century. There is an extensive market leading up to the temple that was teeming with people. We made...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Nihonbashi & Imperial Palace

On the first day of our Road Scholar tour we set out on foot to explore the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. Nihonbashi was the center of Edo the political center of Japan during the feudal period. Today it is jammed with high end shopping, huge department stores and many headquarter buildings for Japan's largest companies. From Nihonbashi we walked to the gardens at the Imperial palace on the site of the former shogun's palace. From there we took the subway and then a train enroute to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. On the way to the museum we had...

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Mar 26, 2019 - Arrived in Tokyo

After 23 hours of travel we arrived safely at our hotel. We used plane, train, and automobile and have jumped forward by 13 hours but we're here. We took the Narita Express to Tokyo Station which was a bit of a madhouse but a friendly guide saw us trying to figure out how to find the exit near the hotel and pointed us in the right direction. Walking to the hotel from the station the street is lined with cherry trees all in bloom so it looks like the timing for the trip is working out.

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Feb 6, 2019 - Tokyo, Day Four

Day 3 - Kimono Photo shoot and Robot show Our day began as usual with us waiting for the breakfast buffet to open as the inevitable jet lag got me up at 2:30am. However, I am proud to say that I didn't fritter away the morning on Facebook and instead spent the few hours updating my travel journal, jotting down the sequence of events while still fresh in memory to be fleshed out later with links and photos. I had found that MyTripJournal.com was the most versatile and forgiving (free) platform that also allowed you many features before...

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Feb 4, 2019 - Tokyo, day two

We Facebooked our way through the jetlag and were waiting for the breakfast buffet to open at 6:30am after threatening to sleep in that morning! Breakfast had the traditional western offerings but many unusual items on the menu from pickled fish to sticky rice and a spicy pumpkin curry. I sampled everything I couldn't recognize as breakfast foods - seaweed salads, cold bean salads and miso soup. Then went back for noodles and scrambled eggs from the hot dishes. Coffee was fresh brewed and assorted juices available. Appropriately regaled, we...

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Feb 3, 2019 - Arrival in Tokyo and day one

We arrived at Haneda Airport in downtown Tokyo at 1:30pm local time with the unsettling impression that we were landing on water on the final approach to the airport as we didn't see land until the wheels almost touched down before one of the longest taxi to the terminal building (only rivaled by Denver airport!) before disembarking. Not realizing how close to the front of the plane we were seated (being one of the last groups to be allowed to embark should have been a hint) we panicked to find that we were holding up the line of passengers...

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Nov 6, 2018 - tokyo, japan

“Please fasten your seatbelt and prepare for takeoff” After an eleven-hour layover in Hong Kong, our flight to Tokyo took off! We would arrive early Tuesday morning and spend three nights with our friends from Watch Hill. My dad and I arrived at their house and we were happily greeted by their adorable labradoodle! Since the girls were in school and their parents were working, we decided to take a walk around their neighborhood called Azabu Juban. This neighborhood was one of the most historic districts in Tokyo due to its proximity to...

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Aug 14, 2018 - Last week in Japan

Returned to Tokyo for our final week in Japan. Had dinner with Hiroko-san, with whom I worked at Applied Materials (AMAT), and Shima-san, from whose company we rented the car used during our journey through Hokkaido. Great time in a little neighborhood tavern, Daruma. Also met Uehara-san (Taka) at the Haneda Airport; he on his way to Taiwan for AMAT business. Taka & I were students in the first Ion Implant PI-9000 training course in Horsham England WAY back in 1986 ! It was great to see & spend some time with friends I met at AMAT. It has...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Modern Art & Origami Museums

Spent our last days in Tokyo visiting new sites and re-visiting a couple others. The Imperial Palace Grounds/Park is so large that a re-visit was warranted in order to see areas we had not seen. Visited the Yasakuni Shrine to war dead located in Chiyoda nearby to the Imperial Palace. The Temple is a beautifully rendered classic architecture. There are statues on the grounds to war widows, the 2 million horses killed in war, and the pigeons who served as a communication delivery system. We proceeded walking back to the Imperial Palace...

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