Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Monday, March 18, 2013

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Summary of my trip to Alaska, China and Japan

I went to a few interesting restaurants.  Over half of them were in Seattle and the rest in Japan.  They were:
  • The Walrus and the Carpenter (Seattle, WA)
  • Slim’s Last Chance (Seattle, WA)
  • The HerbFarm (Seattle, WA)
  • Canlis (Seattle, WA)
  • Tokyo Shiba Tofuya-Ukai (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Gion Hatanaka Kyoto Cuisine & Maiko Evening (Kyoto, Japan)
I went to quite a few museums although not that many considering the length of the trip.  I visited:
  • The Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA)
  • The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour (Seattle, WA)
  • Aurora Ice Museum (Chena Hot Springs, AK)
  • St. Sophia Church (Harbin, China)
  • Sapporo-shi Tokei-dai aka Sapporo Clock Tower (Sapporo, Japan)
  • Daimyo Clock Museum aka Daimyo Tokei Hakubutsukan (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Shitamachi Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
  • National Museum of Western Art aka Kokuritsu Seiyo Bijutsukan (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (Omiya, Japan)
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Sento Gosho (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Shugaku-in Rikyo Imperial Palace (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Isui-en & Neiraku Art Museum (Nara, Japan)
  • Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Konchi-in (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims (Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Mazda Museum and Factory Tour (Mukainada, Japan)
  • Mitsuo Aide Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Kite Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Toguri Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan)
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
I went to the following temples and shrines in Japan:

  • Hokkaido Jingu (Sapporo, Japan)
  • Ushiku Daibutsu (Ushiku, Japan)
  • Hase-dera Temple (Kamakura, Japan)
  • Daibutsu (Kamakura, Japan)
  • Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Temple (Kamakura, Japan)
  • Nishi Hongan-ji (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Kinkaku-ji aka Golden Pavilion (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Nino-jo (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Kitano Tenman-gu (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Hirano Shrine (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Kiyomizu-dera (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Tainai-meguri (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Fushimi-inari-taisha (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Saiho-ji (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Jinzo-in (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Ginkaku-ji aka Silver Pavilion (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Chion-in (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Shoren-in (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Yasaka-jinja (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Todai-ji Daibutsu-den Hall (Nara, Japan)
  • Nigatsu-do (Nara, Japan)
  • Tamukkeyama-hachimangu (Nara, Japan)
  • Kasuga Taisha (Nara, Japan)
  • Wakamiya-jinja (Nara, Japan)
  • Kofuku-ji (Nara, Japan)
  • Nanzen-ji (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Nanzen-in (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Meiji-jingu (Tokyo, Japan)
Most of what I did during this trip is hard to categorize.  I guess I'll just call this category miscellaneous:
  • Saw the aurora borealis (Fairbanks, AK)
  • Skied at Shiga-Kogen (Japan)
  • Saw the Snow Monkeys (Japan)
  • Saw the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (Harbin, China)
  • Skied at Yabuli (Yabuli, China)
  • Saw the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri aka Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo, Japan)
  • Went up in the Sapporo Terebi-to aka Sapporo TV Tower (Sapporo, Japan)
  • Saw the Ni-jo Ichiba aka Sapporo Fish Market (Sapporo, Japan)
  • Skied at Niseko (Niseko, Japan)
  • Took the G-Cans Tunnel Project tour (Kasukabe, Japan)
  • Saw Omiya Bonsai Village (Omiya, Japan)
  • Went to the Tenjin-San Market (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Went to Omizutori Matsuri at Nigatsu-do (Nara, Japan)
  • Saw Peace Memorial Park (Hiroshima, Japan)
  • Saw a kabuki theater performance at Shinbashi-enbujo Theater (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Saw Kokyo (Imperial Palace) (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Scrambled across the Shibuya Crossing (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Stayed in a capsule hotel (Tokyo, Japan)
Compared to my recent trips this is a relatively short list but at eleven weeks, the trip was shorter than my drives around the U.S. have been and many of the things I did - seeing the aurora borealis, skiing, the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival and the Sapporo Snow Festival - took a week or more.  Japan has a lot to offer and the roughly a month I spent sightseeing there wasn't long enough to even see a majority of the highlights.  I hope to make it back again soon.
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