Taking the Fam to see Traditional Japan-Kyoto/Nara

Trip Start Jul 27, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

KYOTO/NARA (March 15-16th)

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. But I'm glad we did it because it ended up being the only opportunity mom and dad had to sleep on futons and experience tatami.

We spent the day exploring temples, and met up with my friends at night to feast on tonkatsu (batter fried pork.) Afterwards we hit up a karaoke joint for a little singing. I thought Alana would be the one to most enjoy this experience, but she was so JET lagged that dad (yes, my father Tim) saw the microphone more than she did.

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
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