I got to go to Japan over Thanksgiving! Japan is just a 2 hour flight from Seoul and we found tickets (after a lot of work) for about $200. So hey, in Denver you might go to Las Vegas but in Seoul, you go to Japan. We're jet setters now. And by "we" I mean me and some of my friends, not me and Jim (someone had to stay home with the kids and it wasn't going to be me).
We bought a rail pass and took the train from the airport to Kyoto.
When we arrived in Kyoto, we walked a short distance to our very nice accommodations (a loft apartment) and headed out to dinner. We walked around for a bit and finally stumbled upon a very small ramen restaurant. The food was amazing.
|There are vending machines with both|
hot and cold drinks. This is a can of hot
corn soup for about $1
|"$3, I swear"|
|The switch part of the old bait and switch|
|This gives me an idea for all desserts:|
Why not stick a piece of cake on everything?
|Katie rapping part of "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch|
|Jeff and Meredith singing John Denver|
When I showed the pictures to Grace she asked me who won at Karaoke. I think it's safe to say we were all winners that night.
After a great night's sleep, we grabbed breakfast at 7-11 and took the train to the Torii Gates. The weather was perfect and the Torri Gates were beautiful. Here are some pictures.
|paper cranes near the entrance of the Torii Gates|
After hiking around for about two hours, we got on the train and went to the bamboo forest.
|This artist sells his paintings of the bamboo forest to tourists like me|
We got lunch at a small cafe near the bamboo forest, then got on the train for Osaka. When we were arranging accommodations before we left Korea, we booked the loft for the first night and had trouble finding anything that was really affordable online, so we decided we'd find a capsule hotel to stay in when we got to Osaka.
|Osaka JR train station|
We kept walking and came to an actual hotel. It was totally out of our price range, but they gave us their wifi password and let us use their lobby. We called 7 capsule hotels while Jeff went out to see what there was nearby. Nothing. What's the deal Osaka? Why so popular?
|Us looking for a place to stay.|
|Here's me eating pate and liking it|
|Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas themed love |
motel turned us away too. :(
We finally found one that would take us. We got two rooms. It was pretty nice. It was fully stocked with Shiseido products, which I am a big fan of.
I thought it was interesting that this type of establishment had a guest book. I don't know what these say, but it would seem that everyone who has stayed there really had an adorable time.
When I returned to Korea, the house was clean and the children and Jim were so glad to see me and the assortment of Japanese snacks I brought back for them.