Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The Trip to Kyoto

Jan 2, 2007:

The first stop of our Kyoto trip was the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Temple).

It was raining that day, but still many tourists.

Walking in the rain.

For the New Year's wish.

We went to the restaurant which is famous for Tofu dishes.

Jeff and Shanon had a tough time to eat these.

This restaurant has a pretty impressive garden.

And it's quite big.

After lunch, we visited Nanzen-ji.

Then we moved to Ginkaku-ji (the Temple of the Silver Pavilion).

Beautiful gardens.

The view from the hill.

On the way to the Gion area.

In front of Chion'in Temple.

The room we stayed.

Killing time before dinner.

The dinner time.

Poor non-Japanese (Jeff, Shanon and Fiona) did not enjoy 100% this very traditional Japanese meal.

After dinner, we went for a walk.

With a Geisha girl.

She's too white...

There wasn't much going on that night. Everything was closed pretty early.
I guess on new year's time in this area isn't so busy.

Jan 3, 2007:

The breakfast in the next morning.

Again, it's very traditional Japanese meal for this special time.

The one new year's styles, we got to drink sake!

It's the first time for Jeff and Shanon to drink sake in the morning.

We left the hotel around 9 o'clock.
Jeff and Shanon needed to catch the airplane, so we went to Kansai airport.
Taddy's mom cried so hard when she had to say good bye to them.

By the way, Jeff liked Yukata ( Japanese garment) from the hotel.

So he brought it back with him as a souvenir.

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