Trip Itineraries

Japan 2009

This is the itinerary for our trip to Japan in 2009. It is completely guided by a native Japanese, who is also a Japanese teacher.

Tokyo

Tsukjii Fish Market, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza, the historic Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nikko, Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Waterfall, Lake Chuzenji, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi.

Hiroshima

Bullet train to Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Peace Memorial Park, Kurashiki and a stay at a Japanese-style inn (ryokan)

Okayama

Korakuen Park, Himeji Castle

Kyoto

Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, old Imperial Palace, Kiyomizudera, Sanjusangendo, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine, Horyuji Temple. Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto Handicraft Center.

This is our group in front of Mt. Fuji on April 16, a dormant volcano famous for it's symmetrical shape.

Lillian Baker, in a restaurant located on top of Mt. Fuji enjoying Udon Noodles with Naruto (fish cake).

At the Misono Ryokan (Japanese style inn) in Kurashiki, our group wore traditional Yukata (cotton robes) while eating a traditional Japanese dinner consisting of assorted raw fish, beef boiled with garden vegetables, assorted tempura with salt, bamboo chute, octopus and a mochi dessert.

Here is Lillian on Takeshita Street in Harajuku with a Japanese girl dressed in the hip Baby Lolita fashion.

Enjoying his visit to Himeji Castle is Zach Cook, who met a group of Japanese students from North Japan. They were excited to see foreigners with blonde and red hair - a rarity in Japan.

Our group in front of Kinkakuji, or the "Golden Pavilion." The Golden Pavilion is a temple beautifully covered in 24K Gold. Expensive.

We visited the A-Bomb Dome and the A-Bomb Memorial Museum in Hiroshima. This site was the epicenter of the tragic mid-air explosion that took place on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM.

Sisters Brandi and Jenna Burgus in front of the Floating Torii, the famous red gate on Miyajima Island. It is a Shinto gate built in 1875, one of the most photographed sites in all of Japan. Miyajima Island is famous or its Oyster exports and the wild deer that inhabit it.

Bridget Ford, Hello Kitty and the tour bus driver in Kyoto.

Lillian, Zach, Brandi, Jenna and Brandt pose with Japanese girls dressed in traditional costume in front of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto.

Brandi, Lillian, Gilles, and Corinne pose with Shin, a former international student who graduated from Eldorado Emerson, going on to become a successful banker with Barclays Bank.

Charlotte and Bridget pose before lunch after touring the Korakuen Garden in Okayama.

Showing off their school spirit, the students all artistically collaborated on a tile, which would be used later to help renovate the Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple, in addition to being the largest wooden structure still standing, hosts the largest wooden Buddha in the world.

 

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