On September 14, we spent the day at the Peace Memorial Museum and Park in Hiroshima, a site memorializing the history and impact of the atomic bomb. We also listened to a moving, second-hand account of an 87-year-old bomb survivor. The entire visit was sobering, especially in light of the news that North Korea launched another missile over Japan today. Man's capacity for cruelty and annihilation is simply astounding.
We took a high-speed train from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka station and are staying at a hotel attached to the station. The next day, we took a local train to see the Osaka Palace. This train has "women only" cars. Our Tokyo tour guide told us about these train cars, necessitated by men groping women on trains.
In Kyoto, we visited the Temple of the Golden Pavillion, a stunning Buddhist temple. The pictures don't do it justice.
While living in China, we only visited Japan once, to ski/snowboard in Niseko—a breathtaking experience that we would highly recommend for any ski enthusiast.
It is also where Dale fell in love…with Japanese toilets and all of their wizardry. Initially freaked out by “the wand,” we’re hoping that Darcie warms up to these gadgets during the trip. Their performance is actually much more, um, effective, and environmentally friendly, than our US toilet and TP routine
Plus we both love Japanese food and were interested in the culture. Since Delta had nonstop flights between Minneapolis and Tokyo, we made it our first stop