Getting close to the end of our time in Vietnam, I realized that I haven’t tallied up our expenses for Japan. The delay was initially due to waiting for charges, especially cash advances, to show up on the credit card. Then it was just lack of momentum.
All in, our 11 nights in Japan cost this family of five $1,630.16 Canadian.
That’s for everything. Flights from Boston to Tokyo, Tokyo to Kyoto round trip, all hotel fees we paid (only one night was a paid stay), all meals, currency conversion fees, activities and rail transport to get around the cities. That last one was by far our largest expense. Oh, and any miscellany as well. Check out the details below: Continue reading “11 Nights in Japan – $1,630.16”
One of our more memorable days in Kyoto was visiting the area of Arashiyama. Originally this area was a walking area reserved for Noble Families during the 794-1184 time period. Today it is a popular tourist attraction for the temples, the bamboo grove and the Monkey Park.
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!?!
Our journey to the far side of earth started in style in the British Airways Lounge. Our pre departure time whizzed by too quickly before we boarded the Japan Airlines (JAL) flight from Boston to Tokyo and settled into our business class. All thanks to the Queen of Points, Colleen.