Posts Tagged "Japan"

Nagasaki, Japan

On February 16, 2017, the Amsterdam dock in Nagasaki, Japan, a centre of Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries and the site of an atomic bombing during World War II. The tour we took started by going up to the Inasayama Nature Park, on Mt. Inasayama, with its’ panoramic views of the city below. There was also a view of the Nagasaki Peace Memorial from the lookout. Our next stop was at the Nagasaki Peace Park, established in 1955, and near to the hypocenter of the explosion with the 10-meter-tall Peace Statue created by sculptor Seibo Kitamura. We returned to...

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Kagoshima Japan

We docked in Kagoshima, Japan, said to be the birthplace of Japan’s industrial revolution, on February 15, 2017. We explored Sengan-en Gardens, a Japanese style landscape garden along the coast north of downtown Kagoshima. that was constructed in 1658. After touring the gardens we went back to Kagoshima and boarded the Sakurajima Island Ferry, to go over to the island to view Mt. Sakurajima, one of Japan’s active volcanos. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Sengan-en Gardens Sengan-en Gardens Sengan-en Gardens...

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Kyoto Japan

On our second day in Osaka, February 13, 2017, we traveled to Kyoto where we started the day by visiting the Golden Pavilion. The pavilion is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Our next stop was the Nijo-jo Castle that was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period, which was also surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Our last stop was at the Heian Shinto Shrine, also surrounded by beautiful gardens. We returned to Osaka crossing the Heian River. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop...

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Osaka Japan

February 12, 2017, found us docked in Osaka, where we spent 2 days. On the first day we took a tour to three outlying towns of Fushimi, Uji & Nara.  As we left downtown Osaka, we passed the Osaka Castle and then traveled past the country side to our first stop, a Sake brewery and museum in Fushimi. We traveled on to to the Byodin Temple in Uji. At our final destination Nara, we first visited the Todaiji Temple, with its’ many deer that roam free on the grounds and then to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. The shrine has over 3,000 lanterns which were being lit as we were leaving at the end...

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