MyTripJournal - Personal Travel Blogs
Oct 8, 2011 - Portland to San Francisco to Kansai.
Oct 9, 2011 - Arrive Kansai airport, outside Osaka, Japan. Stay at Nikko Hotel, Kansai Airport
Oct 10, 2011 - Meet tour group, begin journey to Kyoto. Sambo-in Garden, lunch at Ume-no-Hana restaurant, tour of Gekkei-kan Sake Brewery, KTV Go-joh model home village, check into PalaceSide Hotel in Kyoto, neighborhood walk and dinner at Kurikuma, a local donburi restaurant
Oct 11, 2011 - Enkoh-ji garden, Shisen-do villa, visit to Mr. Ibata's house and garden to see him do large calligraphy, lunch at Heihachi Chaya Ryokan, visit to Sasae (tatami maker), visit to Konan (Kyoto's version of Home Depot)
Oct 12, 2011 - Silver Pavilion, Philosopher's Walk, Honen-in gate and garden, Yohji-ya Cafe for Smiley Face matcha cappucino and lecture on sukiya home construction, visiit Mrs. Andoh's home and garden, lunch at Junsei Tofu Restaurant (former medical school), visit Junji Kagata's bamboo warehouse.
Oct 13, 2011 - Walk to Nijoh-jo via Horikawa River Walk, bonsai lesson in front of neighborhood house, Nijoh Castle and Ninomaru Garden and Palace, matcha tea at semi-private Seiryu-en garden behind Nijoh-jo, lunch at Kokusai Hotel garden, taxi to Imperial Household Agency to make reservations to visit Katsura...  (more...)
Oct 14, 2011 - Subway to Tenjingawa, street car to Arashiyama, scenic walk along the river, lesson on bamboo at the Bamboo Forest, lesson at local graveyard, visit to Tenryu-ji (Kyoto's oldest garden), Torooko train through river gorge, Italian lunch at Raku-Raku-Soh beer garden, train back to Uzumasa, visit to...  (more...)
Oct 15, 2011 - Subway and train to Nara, walk beside deer park to Yoshiki-en Villa and garden, visit Isui-en garden, brief stop at machiya townhouse replica to study architecture, lunch at Harishin Restaurant for upscale bento and tempura, visit to Kinko-en (Mr. and Mrs. Nagano's home for sumi ink making...  (more...)
Oct 16, 2011 - Free day. Bunch of us took long bus ride to Miho Museum. Nighttime visit to Kyoto Heian Hotel for dessert, wine, and garden viewing.
Oct 17, 2011 - Bus ride up the mountains to Ohara, village stroll. Brief lectures abour rice, forestry, minka-style houses. Foot spa at Ashiyu Cafe (what a treat!). Visit to Mr. Okamoto's koi breeding facility, lunchat Tamba Chaya restaurant, bus trip back down the mountain, visit to "quiet" Renge-ji garden.
Oct 18, 2011 - Visit garden at Kyoto Heian Hotel, with garden lecture by Mr. Saito, retired director of the hotel. Walk through Imperial Park to Shusui-tei home beside the water, with look at 300-year-old teahouse annex, "how-to-wear-kimono" lecture by Tamao on Shusui-tei's second floor. Visit to Kyoto Fumin...  (more...)
Oct 19, 2011 - Subwsay to Keage station, walk along Biwa Canal waterway and power plant. Visit to Shirakawa-in Teachers' Retreat and garden. Ikebana demonstration by Mrs. J=Hiraishi at Kokoka International Culture Center. Visit to Murin-an house and garden, taxi to Kiyomizu District. Stroll through Ishibe-kohji...  (more...)
Oct 20, 2011 - Visit to Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa, taxi ride to Urasenke Tea Ceremony school for art exhibition. Downtown walk to river, sayonara dinner at Ganko Sushi Restaurant and nighttime garden viewing.
Oct 21, 2011 - Last official day of tour. People scattered, but the fun didn't stop. Visited Toji Temple flea market. Viewed top of Kyoto Station gardens and eco-roof.
Oct 22, 2011 - Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Himeji Castle. Visit to castle only, not gardens because of rain.
Oct 23, 2011 - Shinkansen to Hiroshima. A-Bomb Memorial Park. Shukkeiin Garden
Oct 24, 2011 - Shinkansen to Tokyo, visit to Disneyland.
Oct 25, 2011 - Tenmangu Flea Market, The Museum of Kyoto, paper stores.
Oct 26, 2011 - Photograph Alan working in the Hotel Heian Garden, Shinkansen to Himeji, visit to gardens, ikebana exhibition, lunch at garden restaurant, explore rest of the 9 gardens, Shinkansen back to Kyoto.
Oct 27, 2011 - Return to Portland.
Oct 27, 2011 - Walk through Imperial Palace Grounds, Teramachi Street, Ippodo Tea Company, calligraphy store, paper store. Shuttle to Kansai Airport. Flights to SFO and PDX