Kyoto: Fushimi Inari and Strolling

Kyoto, Day 3 of not nearly enough! Today started with a trek to Fushimi Inari, a shrine with lots and lots of bright red gates stretching up a mountainside. It’s an iconic view you’ve probably seen before. Because today was the vernal equinox, the site was really crowded with domestic tourists. It was neat, though,…

Kyoto: Arashiyama, mostly

Another title for this post: Way too many pictures of bamboo. We slept in today! Boy, did we all need it. Then, we hopped a series of trains to far northwest Kyoto, to an area called Arashiyama. It’s famous for being home to several temples and gardens, as well as the iconic bamboo forest. Our…

Kyoto: In Which We Immediately Realize Our Folly

Folly is: OMG this place is amazing and we are only here for four nights. Clearly we have lost our minds and need to just sell our stuff and move here so we can wander tree-lined canals, admire stately temples, and soak in the light of a moss-covered traditional garden until we burst, or at…

On to Kyoto!

We woke up in our ryokan one last time today and presented ourselves for breakfast. Because apparently this wasn’t enough food for us, we supplemented with our black-shelled eggs from yesterday in Owakudani. After breakfast, we shut our eyes tight and paid our bill, and then grabbed a bus down into town to do some…

Hakone: “Ami like flying car!”

Hakone! This is our only full day here, so we made the most of it. By oversleeping our 8:30 breakfast. One week in, and I guess we’ve finally acclimated! Breakfast was at our ryokan and was super traditional. Lots of pickled things and small bites, a soup, and a fish. After breakfast, Ami wanted to…

On to Hakone

I am exhausted, and my wireless keyboard died, but I know if I don’t write up each day as it happens I’ll fall behind and never catch up and totally forget what we did on each of these amazing days! So please excuse brevity, typos, incoherence. We started out today with with lots of packing….

Rainy Tokyo

(Ami wakeup time: 5:50. Woohoo!)  We had a plan for this morning! We were going to head back to Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu shrine and then grab a lovely lunch. We walked outside at 8:15 and… it was raining. And cold. And gray. And yuck! So instead, we went to 7-11 and bought…

Tokyo: Mornings and Friends Arrive

4:30. I hope someday to start one of these posts without first listing the painful time the toddler awoke and demanded 1. Attention 2. Water 3. “Ami watch Daniel Tiger” 4. “Ami eat”, or 5. Tawbeddies (strawberries). Anyway. We left the house just before 7 and took a mostly empty train to Ginza, where we…

Tokyo: Strawberries, Tsukiji, and MEAT.

Good morning, evening, whatever this fugue state is! Who even knows what time is, anymore. Started the day today at 5, which is definitely better than 3 but still Needs Improvement. We figured since we were up early, we might as well head to Tsukiji Market. The trains were quiet and mostly empty this morning,…

Tokyo, Day Two!

Does it count as Day Two, even if we didn’t get to our apartment last night until 7:30? Today started early. There is apparently no explaining jet lag to a toddler. She woke up at 3 and never went back to sleep. We all laid in bed, watching Daniel Tiger and Dinosaur Train, until Logan…

Day One!

22 hours on the dot door to door. Ami was pretty uninterested in the giant bag o’ toys I brought for her amusement, but was into the screens. She didn’t fall asleep until 10 hours into our 13.5 hour flight from Dallas to Tokyo, so, uh, that was fun? (Maze in the DFW international terminal….