We recently returned from our first visit to Japan. Karen and I have been wanting to go for quite a while, and the time was right – so most of the month of October was dedicated to that endeavor.
I loved our trip, and we were fortunate enough to even be in Kyoto during on of the festivals – Jidai Matsuri.
Our trip and tour included Kushiro, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Meijima Island, and Kyoto – as well as a number of places in between that will take a while to unblur in my memory.
We took a tour through Samurai Tours – Best of Japan, which I highly recommend if you want a good sampling of a wide swath of Japan. Their guides were excellent and informative, and I can’t thank Charlie enough for his instruction in how to navigate the signage for the Tokyo trains and subways, which more or less held us in stead through the entire trip. I do wish we could have stayed longer in some areas, but another trip in the future will have to do.
The sheer artistry in every day life in Japan was amazing, and I miss it already being back in the US. Another trip in the future, I tell myself…