Taking the Fam to see Traditional Japan-Kyoto/Nara
Trip Start Jul 27, 2006
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Erma gave us a wake up call at 5:30 am the morning after they arrived, and we headed off to Kyoto to explore some traditional Japanese life. We had a little bit of trouble finding a hotel in Kyoto because of the high travel season, and ended up staying in a ridiculously overpriced ryokan.
The following day we visited the old area of gion, saw some rickshaws and geisha, and were drug into a barber where dad experienced a Japanese shave- complete with the shaving of the forehead and eyelids!
From Kyoto we took the train to Nara where we enjoyed a picnic in the park. Then we took a daunting hike to visit the largest wooden structure in the world which houses the Daibutsu (big Buddha.) After trying various street foods, playing with the tame deer, and doing a little shopping, we boarded the train back to Kobe.
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Where I stayed
Hayato Inn, Kyoto