Tokugawa Ieyasu is an important name in Japanese History. Appointed Seii-Taishogun (or Shogun) by the Emperor in 1603 after he unified Japan and ended the Civil War. Under his rule he established the Tokugawa Shogunate which lasted over 260 years.
Tokugawa announced his appointment at Nijo Castle and used the castle as his residence when visiting the Imperial City.
Many of you know that Hannah, Emma, Ben and I started Karate with Douvris just over two years ago. It was touch and go whether or not we would leave on the trip as the great team (Sensei Martina and Sebastien) offered many compelling reasons to stay. In the end, the world trip won and we are on our way.
After looking at the Imperial Gardens in the sweltering humidity we started looking for some lunch. Colleen noticed that a Godzilla statue was near by. We slowly made our way towards this mammoth beast only to find out he is about 2 feet tall. Continue reading “A Lighter Side of Tokyo”
This is my view as I’m writing this. The photo does not do it justice. And we can only capture one section of it (photo tips welcome). There is a zoo directly below and five elephants rambling by not 700 metres away. Dozens of temples. And too many gorgeous green hills in the near distance to count.
Aside from the Japanese writing everywhere, Tokyo could have (almost) been any other large city with a temple thrown in every few blocks. In Kyoto… I feel like I am in a different country. Completely. This is what I’ve been waiting for… distant lands. Continue reading “First Impressions of Kyoto”
Every hundred steps leads to a temple or shrine. The first morning we walked by many without knowing what exactly we were looking at. Fortunately, A little bit of help from the internet, and we gained some factual knowledge. For example, the red hats on the statues are generally gifts to bring luck or to ease suffering at the loss of a child.
Isn’t that clever? I bet I’m the first one to use that post title.
With a population over nine million and a transportation system to go with it, I was completely intimated by visiting Tokyo. Most especially by the subway system that we certainly had to use if we wanted to see anything beyond our immediate hotel area.
Turns out it wasn’t so bad. Once we jumped in and made our first outing on Tokyo’s extensive underground, the second and subsequent rides were painless. And we felt old hat. Transportation in Japan is expensive. A cab from Narita airport (which is in a completely different city by the way) to the downtown area of Tokyo starts at 22,000 yen. That’s $255!?!
One of the most common questions I get about our world travel plans is how much all the hotels and airfare for a family of five are going to cost. Well, so far we’ve spent $511.16 for all the flights we’ve booked to date. Between the five of us that’s 20 one way flights, seven of which are in business class. Continue reading “Sweet Spots and Travel Hacking – Airfare”