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 6 – Travel Day by Shinkansen, Kyoto

Travel day! Kyoto bound via the Shinkansen (the only way to travel). I’ll cover how to travel via train, subway and Shinkansen in a later post, but it’s hard to overstate how simple, convenient and efficient mass transit is in Japan. For those that haven’t been, you’ll love it.

But first: laundry.  And trying to figure out this combination washing machine/dryer at the hotel. It needs to be said, Japan does almost everything right, but our experiences with washing machines and dryers in Japan leave a lot to be desired.

Laundry in Japan, Not so Good. Image Credit: Ryan.

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