We started our day be hoping on the train and going to see Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, about 20 minutes outside of Kyoto. This Shrine is known for its Senbon Torii, or Shrine Gates. The shrine is considered the head shrine of the 30,000 Inari-sha shrines within Japan. It is located at the food of Mt Inari, which is the southern tip of a mountain range. Continue reading “A Temple and a Forest “
We spent the day touring Kyoto and some of its beautiful temples. Kyoto is known for its temples because there are so many of them! There are 14 major temples to see, and countless other small temples in the city. It was a hard choice to decide which ones are to visit, but we tried to choose ones that were different from each other. Continue reading “Kyoto Temples and Tea “
After the night bus we were unable to check into our hostel until late afternoon. So, we took off to see the city! We started at Nijo-jo castle. This castle was completed in 1603 and was the residence of the head of the Shogunate (samurai government) from completion until 1867.
The castle is surrounded by a moat and to enter you go through the Kara-mon Gate. This gate uses cypress bark as the roof along with brilliantly colored carvings. Continue reading “Our First Day in Kyoto “
We spent our last day in Tokyo at the museum. We walked through Ueno park to get to the museum; it was an enjoyable walk. The park was being used by tourists as well as locals. It felt similar to Central Park, but smaller. Continue reading “Tokyo National Museum “
After we summited Mt. Fuji, we returned to Tokyo for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, which dates back to 1733. The night we returned, had ramen at our favorite ramen restaurant in Tokyo. You order from a computer at the front that also takes your payment. You then give the receipt to the cook, who makes your soup. Continue reading “Japanese Firework Festival “
Ubud is a city on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is known for Hindu arts and for the surrounding rice fields. We spent one day meandering through the city. It was much bigger then we expected, and quite busy, but it was easy to walk around and everyone was very friendly.
After a busy morning at the Gardens by the Bay, we next went to the ArtScience Museum. This museum is located in the lotus-shaped building on the marina. The unique shape of the building is suggestive of the innovative and unique exhibits inside. This museum explores the creative process around art, science, and technology with ever changing exhibits. We had been hoping to find an art museum that was modern with a different look on the world, and we certainly found that here. Continue reading “ArtScience Museum of Singapore”