Our final city in Japan was Nagoya. We took our last JR trip to get there, and saw many rice fields, towns, and a few shrines and graveyards along the way. It was starting to rain with the arrival of a typhoon. Continue reading “Nagoya “
We arrived in Hiroshima on August 5th, one day before the 72nd anniversary of the first nuclear act of war. As we neared the ending of our trip we realized we had the opportunity to be in Hiroshima on the anniversary; while we had seen a few other locations with somber histories, this was our first chance to see a memorial ceremony. Continue reading “Hiroshima “
We were very excited to see Japanese castles while in Japan. We have seen castles all over Europe and wanted to compare. Himeji Castle, the White Castle, is one of the most famous castles in Japan, and is a day trip from Kyoto. With 600 years of history within the walls of the castle it was a great site to explore with a lot history.
The outside of the White Castle was very impressive. It towered over a large courtyard. It was exactly the castle we had been hoping to see.
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 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”