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 2, Part 2 – Asakusa, Kappabashi

Day 2 of our Japan 2012 trip continued on to Asakusa. It’s an older part of Tokyo and still retains a bit of decade’s past charm. The attraction that everyone comes to see here is Senso-ji Temple, originally built in and the Nakamise shopping street that leads up to it.

When we got there, it was still 7:30am, and most of the merchants were shockingly still closed. They’ll sell you all the trinkets, collectibles and snacks you want when they’re open.

Nakamise Dori (Shopping Street). Image Credit: Ryan.

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