We stayed in Tokyo to begin with. Millions of people all perfectly ordered. Polite and calm.
I first came to Japan for a bonsai convention and was fascinated to see how they nurtured all their trees. Everyone loves and respects nature in Japan.
Beautiful scenery, around every corner, abounds in Japan. Especially in Kyoto and surrounds but virtually everywhere.
Good ol' MacDonalds. It's everywhere and Tokyo is no exception.
We stayed at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, in Tokyo. Very nice.
I think every Aussie panics a little about catching a bullet train. But like everything there, it's perfectly ordered and colour coded. The trains are never late and the people are always courteous.
Signage is clear and precise.
Of course, if you love manicured gardens, you will find none better.
I really wanted to see the Tokyo fish markets. Apart from me leaving my wallet in the back seat and Taki having to run several hundred metres to retrieve it, I wasn't disappointed. Incredible place.
Fish, shell fish and fillets everywhere. Millions, it seemed.
Fruit and vegetables were not far away. Here...Wasabi.
Just a selection of the fruit on one stall.
Flower lovers might know that the Japanese invented beautiful 'disbud' Chrysanthemums. Growing the plant up a straight stake, they remove any side bud or shoots and encourage only the main flower to grow bigger.
Of course we had to go to Disneyland, along with EVERYONE else.
The same the world over.
The celebrated Halloween too.
The famous 'Mark Twain' Paddle Steamer.
Mickey & Minnie. Favourites with kids everywhere.
Taki taking a break and having a look at the Koi in the pond.
Ticket machines were easy and the colour coded maps were perfect for tourists.
Not so new anymore but the bullet train really impressed us in 2007
Kyoto station. An amazing, modern structure in such a beautiful, old town.
Thought I'd better try the night gown.
Japan. Famous for its gardens & bridges. Especially in Kyoto.
Spectacular waterfalls, man made.
Palaces and temples everywhere it seemed. Each bigger and more incredible than the last.
Just one of the many beautiful back streets of old Japan.
Another temple in Kyoto
Perhaps the most famous and dazzling of all is the Golden Pavillion in Kyoto. Quite spectacular from any angle.
From memory this was Kinkaku-ji temple
We came across this group of women gathered at a temple. Perhaps the Kyoto Country Women's Association?
If you can see the people in the doorway of this temple, you'll realise how big it is. A giant buddha was inside.
There are thousands of deer at Nara. All very friendly and very hungry. Although this one wasn't impressed with Taki and let him know as much.
3000 Lanterns lined the paths at this temple in Nara. Probably my favourite. I believe there is a festival each year where they light all the lanterns. That would be spectacular.