So Civilized and Handy!

Many Japanese restaurants provide small boxes of some sort to hold women’s handbags, small packages or anything else you may be carrying around. Remember – most Japanese in the cities are not driving around with a car available to hold things!


Engaku-ji Temple complex in Kamakura is a quick day trip from Tokyo and one of the highlights after seeing the Big Buddha.

Classic Japanese Garden

This classic garden with carefully pruned bushes, towering stones and a sand “river” can be found at Miyoshinji temple in Kyoto.

Walking through Light

This room filled with strings of lights and mirrored on the ceiling and floor is just one of the many different “fun with light” displays at the Mori Digital Museum.

Moss Gardens

This is one of the hundreds of moss varieties that you will find throughout Japan offering a carpet of green as a foundation for the tranquil peace of a traditional garden.

Special Geisha

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto often will have a geisha or maiko in the late afternoon for the entertainment of hotel guests.


Japanese bakeries are just the best! Choose a few from the ever-changing seasonal selections to take with you on your Shinkansen ride.

Drive Through Bamboo

Hidden in a secret spot in Kyoto is a beautiful bamboo forest that you can drive through to see. Takes a while to get there, but worth the wait if you want to avoid the crowds.

Steamy View

This is the view of the Owakudani sulfer springs from above as you ride over it on the Ropeway.

Many Many Money

Honestly, we’re too scared to ask for the translation of this, but the “many, many, money” was just too alliterative and fun to say.