Destination: Nara Park & Osaka, Japan

 

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Dotonbori district in Osaka (June 2016).

On our final day, we made stops at both Nara Park and Osaka as means of finishing off strong our eight-day tour on the island of Honshu in Japan. Considering that they’re two of the island nation’s biggest attractions (next to Tokyo and Kyoto), Nara Park and Osaka didn’t disappoint when we visited, despite the short amount of time.

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Destination: Kyoto, Japan (Part 2)

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Kiyomizu Temple in the early morning (June 2016).

Rising early the next morning (5:15, at latest), our tour took us over to the Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple and an UNESCO World Heritage Site situated east of Kyoto. Considering its high status, it would of course be packed with tourists by 9:00, so we sloughed off the early-morning drowsiness to beat the crowds before then.

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Destination: Kyoto, Japan (Part 1)

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Kinkaku-ji, aka “Golden Pavilion Temple” (June 2016).

The following morning after our visit to the Miho Museum, we boarded our coach to head back toward Kyoto. However, we weren’t visiting the city proper just yet—rather, we would be visiting the natural surroundings in the parks and forests, situated on the outskirts, away from the hustle and bustle of the city itself.

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Destination: Shinkansen Bullet Train & Miho Museum, Japan

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Outside of the Miho Museum (June 2016).

Halfway between our time in Tokyo and Kyoto, my family and I spent a day with the tour taking the Shinkansen bullet train over and making a stop at the Miho Museum in the afternoon. Compared with the other long days we had in the city, that day was slower-paced, for it served merely as a transition from one city to the other.

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