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.
This classic garden with carefully pruned bushes, towering stones and a sand “river” can be found at Miyoshinji temple in Kyoto.
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.
Miyajima oysters are readily available as street food, just don’t stray too far from the stall while consuming. It’s impolite to eat while walking on the street.
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.
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.
Stroll along the river in Kanazawa, past traditional Japanese houses.
Mt. Fuji, if it’s out that day, can be easily seen from the Shinkansen. Sit on the right side when traveling South, on the left when traveling North.
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.
This is the view of the Owakudani sulfer springs from above as you ride over it on the Ropeway.
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.
We found this amazing nail polish done in “geisha” colors in Kyoto. Non-toxic and offered by a small, hidden shop.
We found this high carbohydrate offering on Miyajima – a spaghetti sandwich.
Alone in the bamboo forest with just the wind and your camera? What could be better?
Guess there is some power in doubling up, but this is one of the stranger combinations we’ve seen for a food shop.
Sighting not one, but two! Can you spot the second one?
Catch the fish as it goes by on the conveyor belt at a Kaiten sushi restaurant.
This Nio Guardian stands at the gate of Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. Good thing he’s fenced in!