Our trip to Japan was perfect. We were attracted to and curious about learning Japan. We had a limited time of 8 days with our two teenager kids. We wanted many things actually and the time is always not enough. Apart from learning the culture and the country, we were individually interested in culinary world and architecture parts of the culture as well. Our travel agency prepared a program and a unique experience for us. They also thought about our kids and reshaped our tour program based on our requests. We had a great time overall. Everything was so much organised and we just found ourselves travelling from one location to another with not rush, although with our luggages and mostly in public transportation, and diving right into the culture. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Awaji Island were the places we visited and we are glad that we visited Osaka for instance apart from Kyoto and Tokyo.Awaji Island as a final location was also perfect; as it was a mind switcher and putting everything that we learned on our journey on a holistic picture. We were very much interested in architecture and especially buildings of Tadao Ando. Our tour guides and our program and our walks were shaped based on seeing these buildings through our walks.The small touches such as the traditional candy workshop with kids and staying at a house for our own at Kyoto were perfect things that we wouldn’t think of.
There are so many. We enjoyed everybit of it. Being in Tokyo and Kyoto streets and walking through the city. Tsukiji Tokyo Fish market and the sushi session. We learned so much. The dinner experience at Narisawa was unique and a life time experience for all of us. The guidence for such restaurants and their booking arrangement from our agency was perfect. You need that guidence if you would go such dining experiences. The Visiting Arashiyama area together with Kyoto to see the traditional Japan were a complementary experience. We are glad that we stayed in Arashiyama in a Ryokan. In Kyoto, we did a girls vs boys day and boys cycled through the city and they enjoyed so much. It is almost impossible where we live to cycle such freely within the city and seeing everything. We, girls, walked a lot that day, and we also enjoyed our relaxed but long walking day within the city. We went to Gold Pavillion area and came back to downtown for some shopping. Our guide took us to the traditional knife store Aritsugu, and being at that knife store, which kept its tradition of knife making since 1560’s, was amazing. We felt blessed. So many more things to remember; our guides were perfect and they thought us how to be mobile within the areas by ourselves. This is the best part of their approach. Because, by then, you can make your own journey also based on your own rhythm. The private house we stayed in Kyoto was amazing. It was newly redesigned as a modern but traditional Kyoto house. We had the chance to have our own relaxed time there . Finally, Osaka, with all the food experience, was great and again our guide gave us a very gooddirections around.
Awaji Yumebutai Center visit and stay was a very unique experience and getting closer with Tadao Ando. How the area was transformed from the way it was was a learning for us about Japanese way of thinking as well.
Nothing to change much, perhaps one more day in Tokyo and may be I would select the season as August was hot and humid (we knew that the weather will be as such and it is not much different than what we have at the same time, so it was not a big deal actually; but we are sure that it will be so pictureque in Sakura time around April)
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