Day 23: Sengakuji, Fukagawa Edo Museum, Kozukappara Execution Grounds, Akihabara, Ikebukuro, and Deadpool 2 in 4D

On Monday June 18th, we headed to our last few historical sites, Sengakuji Temple, the Fukagawa Edo Museum, and the Kozukappara Execution Grounds, had lunch at a local Indian restaurant, and spent some time together exploring Tokyo for the last night of the program. Sengakuji Our first stop on Monday was Sengakuji, a Zen Buddhist […]

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Day 22: Meiji-Mura Museum, Lunch from the Station, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sensoji, and Dinner in Tokyo

On Sunday June 17th, we began the last stretch of our journey through history in Inuyama and Tokyo by taking a bus to the Meiji-Mura Museum, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and Sensoji Temple. We then finished the night by making okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake) at a local restaurant in Taito called Tsujirou. Meiji-Mura Museum The Meiji-Mura Museum […]

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Day 20-21: Atomic Bomb Peace Park, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Oka Masaharu Memorial Peace Museum, Dinner at Traditional Ryokan Inn, and Nagoya

On Friday June 15th, we continued our journey through history in Nagasaki by visiting the Atomic Bomb Peace Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and the Oka Masaharu Memorial Peace Museum. We then finished the night at a traditional Japanese ryokan-style inn where my roommate and I tried an indoor onsen (Japanese hot spring bathing) […]

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Day 18-19: Nagasaki and 26 Martyrs Monument and Museum, Dejima, Siebold Museum, Oura Church, and Glover Garden

On Wednesday June 13th, we arrived in Nagasaki, had lunch at a local mall, and checked out the 26 Martyrs Monument and Museum after dropping our stuff off in the hotel. On Thursday June 14th, we also checked out Dejima, the Siebold Museum, Oura Church, and Glover Garden, and ended the night with some karaoke. […]

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Day 17: Nijo Castle, Goodbye Kyoto, Lunch in Osaka, Osaka Castle, Osaka International Peace Center, and Osaka Pokémon Center

On Tuesday June 12th, we saw one last site in Kyoto, Nijo Castle, before heading off to Osaka to visit Osaka Castle and the Osaka International Peace Museum. With the extra free time, I stopped by the Osaka Pokémon Center as well on Daimaru Umeda Department Store near Osaka Station. Nijo Castle Nijo Castle was […]

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Day 16: Kinkakuji, Ryouanji, Lunch at a French Bakery, Tenryuji, Giouji, Ginkakuji, and Dinner at Doshisha University

On Monday June 11th, we visited a total of 5 different temples in Kyoto– Kinkakuji, Ryouanji, Tenryuji, Giouji, and Ginkakuji– and saw the remaining rubble of a former empire at Doshisha University. Pictures and details are below. Kinkakuji Kinkakuji is at the extreme northern part of the city, and the outside of the temple is […]

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Day 15 (Free Day): Nishiki Market, Local Handicraft Flea Market, Dinner with Friends at an Izakaya, and Kyoto Game Panic

On Sunday June 10th, we had free time all day, so I started it off with a long-awaited visit to Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, which was just a short walk away from the hotel. After Nishiki Market, I went to a local Handicraft Flea Market with Dani, Peter, and Taku, and we had dinner together at […]

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Day 14: Tale of Genji Museum, Ujigami Shrine, Lunch in Uji, Byodoin Temple, Daigoji Temple, Seimei Shrine

Today we had a full day traveling to museums and temples in Kyoto and Uji. Details of everything are below. Update: The descriptions are also now up for days 12 and 13 as well. Tale of Genji Museum The first place we visited was the Tale of Genji Museum in Uji. The Tale of Genji […]

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Day 13: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo Treasure Hall, Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Jinja, Lunch in Kyoto, and Takashimaya Mall

Today was a shorter day of sightseeing and historical storytelling and included a lot of fun and free time that I primarily spent at Takashimaya Mall. Kyoto Imperial Palace First we visited Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former ruling palace of the emperor of Japan. The gate to the palace is over 150 years old and […]

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