Trip Report: Japan 2012 – Days 12-13 – Akihabara Craft Beer Festival and Our Goodbyes to Japan

Late night and we needed to be in Akihabara, Electric Town. So we caught a quick brunch at Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai. First a cup of miso soup.

Cup of Miso Soup, Akihabara. Image Credit: Ryan.
And then 5 types of Indian curry.

5 Curry Brunch. Image Credit: Ryan.
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Trip Report: Japan 2012 – Day 9 – Kyoto Imperial Palace, Ginkakuji, Travel Day to Hakone

Another Travel Day. But there was still some things to see in Kyoto before we wrapped up. The Kyoto Imperial Palace, or Gosho, was the former residence of the Emperor of Japan. But the Imperial family hasn’t resided here since 1869, when the seat transferred to Tokyo. Access is limited by formal request, except for two times a year where the gates are opened to the public. And we happened to be there for one of those times.

Open House, Kyoto Imperial Palace. Image Credit: Ryan.

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Trip Report: Japan 2012 – Day 8 – Bicycling through Kyoto, Turtle Dinner

The hotel had bikes for rent so we decided to impromptu change things up and ride around town. Kyoto is relatively flat and its streets are laid out in a grid formation, which makes it perfect for bicycling. See if your lodging has access to bicycles, or there are a number of options around town, as well. The Kyoto Cycling Tour Project is one option, and they provide rentals as well as guided tours. Things started off a little wobbly, but improved towards the end.

Wobbly Start. Image Credit: Ryan.

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Trip Report: Japan 2012 – Day 7 – Kyoto and Nara Day Tour

So, in order to maximize the intake of cultural sites, we arranged for a day-tour of Kyoto and Nara. If you’re ever in the area, we suggest you do the same. We arranged our tour via Japanican, a subsidiary of JTB. One can only do so many temples and shrines, but this tour gives a really nice overview, and makes accessing Nara easy. I should add, there is an important reason why you should see Nara along with Kyoto and Tokyo – by doing so, you’d be visiting the New Capital (Tokyo, 1869-present), the Old Capital (Kyoto, 784-1868), and the Ancient Capital (Nara, 710-784).

But, to begin, the Japanese breakfast of champions: 7-11 musubi and coffee.

7-11 Musubi and Coffee. Image Credit: Ryan.

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