We have created “Must see places in Japan” Top 40 lists. Here is No.1 through No.10. No.1 Fushimi Inari, Kyoto No.2 Kanazawa, Ishikawa No.3 Todaiji Temple, Nara No.4 Asakusa Sensoji, Tokyo No.5 Mr. Fuji, Shizuoka and Yamanashi No.6 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima No.7 Shirakawago, Gifu No.8 Miyajima, Hiroshima No.9 Takayama, Gifu No.10 Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Let’s find out No.11 trought No. 40....Read More
Day 1/2 Honolulu – Kansai Airport – Kyoto Our tour started smoothly. Honolulu Airport TSA line wasn’t too long and both of our flights, JAL and Hawaiian departed on time. At the Kansai Airport, long line at the Immigration counter. 1 hour! On top of that JAL had arrived about 30 min. earlier than Hawaiian so it was the long wait for JAL using members. Thank you for your patience. Day 3 Kyoto –...Read More
March 24 (Tue) Kansai Airport – Kyoto After 10 hours of long flight, we were held back for another 100 minutes at the immigration!! It is the beginning of spring break and cherry blossom season, there were so many Asian visitors. We checked in New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto about 10:30pm. March 25 (Wed) Kyoto Our English speeking guide, Ms. Toshie Mimura, met us at the hotel and we started a day with hands-on experience....Read More
KYOTO & TOKYO SPRING BREAK TOUR (Kyoto, Nara, Hakone, and Tokyo) March 22- 29, 2014 Day One & Two First two days were dedicated to flying from Honolulu to Narita, then from Narita to Itami, then lastly from Itami to Kyoto. After arriving safely in Kyoto around midnight, we checked into New Miyako Hotel Main Tower and called it a night. Day Three: Kyoto After a good breakfast we got together...Read More
Nijo Castle(Nijojo) was otiginally built by Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa Sho-gun to serve as his residence on the ocation of his visit to Kyoto.
Nijo Castle (NijoJO- 二条城) was belonged to the Imperial House and was given to the city of Kyoto in October 1939, is situated to the west of Nijo Horikawa. At the time of the Restoration in 1868 the palace was made the temporary sent of government, and it was from here that the Emperor Meiji issued the Edict abolishing the Shogunate. Between 1871 and 1884 the palace was used as the Kyoto Prefectural Office and almost incredible damage...Read More
Kyoto Chionin（知恩院）is the head temple of most popular the Jodo sect. The Massibe Sanmon Gate is must see!
Chionin’s massive Sanmon Gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan. It was built in 1621 by Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada. It is National Treasure and is not open to public except certain days. This year it was open to public until Nov. 27th due to Honen Shonin 800th Memorial Anniversary. You have to climb up very steep stairs, sometimes almost 90 degrees. Scenery from Sanmon Gate’s balcony is beautiful! Stairs behind the gate...Read More