Day 12: Home

My last day in Japan, though only really a part day because my flight was at 4pm. I checked out of my hotel then wandered around going to some of the more famous wards of Tokyo. My first stop was down 2 stops on the Yamanote Line to Harajuku, known as the center of youth…

Day 11: Tokyo

Today was a bit of a disappointing day. I woke up around 8 to have breakfast with the other guests in Fujitomita, my ryokan(hot spring bath hotel), and noticed it had snowed. A lot. In fact, now it was raining, and there was no chance of seeing Fuji today, at least I got 1 picture…

Day 10: Fuji-San

I actually slept fairly well considering it was on a futon and it was -5C in the morning when I woke up. I had some rather weird dreams last night, very vivid and real, and what was almost disturbing about it, was how mundane they were, as if I were in normal life, or even…

Day 9: Koya-San

Long entry for today. Less than 24 hours after being in Okinawa, I found myself on my way to Koyasan mountain and the nearly 60 Buddhist temples offering temple lodging called shukubo. I wanted to have a taste of traditional Japanese life, and how the monks pursue their enlightenment through prayer and meditation. I had…

Day 8: Shuri

Its hard to believe I’ve been here for 8 days. Today I only had a half day in subtropical Okinawa. There are still a few things I would like to have done. There is a Chinese Botanical Garden that looked nice, and I still would like to have gone to that aquarium, not to mention…

Day 7: Okinawa

I slept in nice and late compared to usual since my arrival in japan, partly because of my flight. Finding that I was down to my last set of clean clothing and it was time for laundry I set out to find where I could get my laundry done. Little did I know that in…

Day 6: Himeji

Today is new years day, but unlike in America where we celebrate the night before the year ticks over and through into the new year, Japan really doesn’t celebrate new years eve. There were a host of variety shows on the TV, and an understated program live at a Shinto shrine with the priests ringing…