All the major department stores have floors that feature Kimono and all the accoutrements. This beautiful kimono was on full display in Kyoto for the upcoming spring season.
Footwear styles in Japan have a lot of funk and these red, geometric shoes are no different. Men are much more adventurous with their footwear in Japan!
Can you guess what this is? The second picture tells the tail – it’s hardboiled egg shaped seats near Owakudani. The hot springs are used to hardboil the eggs and turns them black in the process.
The overhead signage calls attention to both the entrance to Kyoto’s famous food market as well as highlights the colorful glass roof that lets in light while protecting from the rain.
This picture shows some of the most popular and classic Japanese souvenirs, all items made from washi paper.
We just loved the color in this picture of green tea sweets, found neatly stacked in a shop on Miyajima Island.
While it’s now a worldwide phenomena, having a night out with friends to sing popular songs got it’s start on the streets of Tokyo. You can find Karaoke places with private rooms and English songs in Shinjuku.
What better way to relax after a full day of touring. Shops along Kawarawamachi offer a short respite from your day.
Who can resist the wide range of Japanese tchotskis offered near the tourist mecca of Fushimi Inari
This typical scene is repeated throughout Japan each day by the millions. Relaxing on a train while passing through the countryside. In this case, on the Thunderbird between Kyoto and Kanazawa.
The Japanese have the ability to eat so delicately. It’s more about presentation than quantity – so here are some delightful cookies that are delicious too!
Tenichi Honten, in Tokyo, is known for it’s famous tempura as well as ambience. But there is a “secret” location on the upper floor of the Takashimaya Department store in Nihonbashi. Same great food, no reservations needed. We love the Tendon set!
The tourist boat ride from Togendai station (end of the Ropeway) to Moto Hakone is a classic tourist activity that, on a clear day (not here!) gives you scenic views of Mt. Fuji
Customers stand in line to get a 10-minute back massage at this anime-themed stand in Tokyo Station.
The Fox is the the animal associated with Fushimi Inari shrine (10,000 torii gates). Lots of souvenirs with the fox theme are available.
While American women are no longer wearing hats regularly, the Japanese women are. So the department stores all have large millinery departments.
More guardians at the gate – this is found in the tourist areas of Asakusa, Tokyo
With both trains moving at over 150 miles per hour, it’s only by accident that you can get a picture of the Shinkansen train that is passing you – notice the slanted windows?
Looking for a unique gifts – try an umbrella with a traditional Japanese katana handle. You won’t find these at home!
The ceiling of the train station in Arashiyama reflects the most famous local landmark, the Bamboo Forest.