430 Photos - Jun 4, 2015
Photo: Photo: We board the subway to the Meiji ShrinePhoto: The Meiji Shrine is a wonderful park - a memorial the the Emporer of the 19th CenturyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Prayer boardsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Relaxing in the grounds around the shrinePhoto: The treasure museumPhoto: The Meiji Shrine train stationPhoto: A street market area across the street from the train stationPhoto: We head back to the hotelPhoto: Photo: Time to take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to KyotoPhoto: Photo: We pass Mt. Fuji traveling at 200 miles per hourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive at the massive Kyoto Train Station.  One of the most impressive buildings I have been in.Photo: The Kyoto TowerPhoto: Our first stop is the tower.  The view of KyotoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our home in Kyoto - the Hotel Granvia Kyoto - part of the train stationPhoto: Thousands and thousands of school kids were traveling throughout Japan on field tripsPhoto: Photo: Photo: The view from our roomPhoto: Our first expedition in the Kyoto area is the Miyajima Island - by ferryPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Deer everywhere!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Itsukushima shrine dates from 593 with its famous water gate - accessible only at low tidePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We then travel back to the mainland to visit the Peace Memorial/Ground Zero at Hiroshima - awe inspiringPhoto: Photo: The bomb exploded 300 meters directly above the building, which is why it was not destoyedPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: A really weird boat on the river through the parkPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Children's MemorialPhoto: Photo: Photo: The Peace MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The bomb exploded at precisely 8:15amPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A cloudy sunrisePhoto: Photo: Our first stop is the UNESCO site - the Nijo Castle, constructed in 1603Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We then head into the streets of Kyoto  to the Heian Shrine.  A wedding couple taking their wedding picturesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The shrine -- ShintoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's then off to the Nanzen-Ji TemplePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The AquaductPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: We arrive at the Rokuon-Ji temple - a representation of the pure land of Buddha in JapanPhoto: Photo: One of the most famous temples in Japan - all goldPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A stop in the tea garden for some refreshmentPhoto: Photo: Looking for a little 'culture' we stop at the Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine ArtsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our next stop is the Ryoanji Temple and its remarkable Zen GardenPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We head to the streets of Kyoto again to the Ninnagi temple - the former Omuro Imperial PalacePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our train back to the Kyoto StationPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The first stop this day was the Kiyomizu-dera - a Buddhist Temple from 1633Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's back to the historic streets of Kyoto heading towards the Shinto Memorial to those that lost thier lives in World War 2Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The MemorialPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Budda's footprintsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We again wandered through the streets of Kyoto to find the well hidden Fushimi Taisha shrine - circa 1499.  It's famous for its gated pathwayPhoto: Photo: Time out for some meat on a stickPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We head back to Tokyo today - typical Japanese Breakfast farePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: ...but eggs and sausage...Photo: and dumplings!Photo: We arrive in Toyko .....or New York....Photo: Photo: The view from our room on the 25th floor - again right near the train stationPhoto: It's Suma Wrestling Day - we head off to meet our groupPhoto: But first a stop at the Sony Electronics Building!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Japanese school kids off on a trip - they all squeezed into the trainPhoto: We head to the Suma arenaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Miki - our guide - has been a huge Suma fan since she was a childPhoto: Photo: Photo: The 'drum' tower - drummers announce the beginning and end of the matchesPhoto: Photo: Photo: The top tier East Division wrestlers enterPhoto: Photo: Photo: The West Division entersPhoto: Photo: Photo: The Grand Champion and his two escortsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The second Grand Champion entersPhoto: Photo: Photo: 13,000 spectatorsPhoto: Let the bouts beginPhoto: Photo: Wrestler sponsors are paradedPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The current Grand Champion is in the ring...Photo: ....and he winsPhoto: The closing 'bow ceremony'Photo: Photo: Off again to the train stationPhoto: We arrive at Odaiba Island - on the other side of Tokyo from where we are staying - near Tokyo Disney WorldPhoto: Photo: Some of the unique architecture of the islandPhoto: Photo: Photo: We take a tour of the Tokyo Big Site - the largest convention center in TokyoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's then down the promenadePhoto: Photo: Photo: ....to our stop at the Toyota ShowroomPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back on the PromanadePhoto: Photo: Photo: The Peace FlamePhoto: We stop at Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Science and InnovationPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sunset from our hotel roomPhoto: It's time for the Akihabara Electronics District!!!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: And then the Sky Tree - the tallest tower in the world at 634 metersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back down and we head to the Senso-Ji Shrine - in the middle of Tokyo - theh original temple was founded in 645, making it the oldest temple in TokyoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Just posing...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: For our final day we headed to the Ueno Park area of Tokyo - home of the Japanese National MuseumPhoto: But first we head to the Ameyoko MarketPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Enjoying the parkPhoto: Old Japan as displayed in the Shitamache MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A Peruvian band performs in the parkPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Street performerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Japanese National MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back to Tokyo and we pack to head home