My host family took us to the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Group trip to Nara and Todaiji, Nara is known for its rather friendly deer. Todaiji is the larget freestanding wooden structure in the world and contains one of the largest Buddhas in the world.
Meeting old friends from the Meiji program in Shichijoji
The neighborhood children quickly warmed up to the two new foreigners in their neighbor
Strong-maning in front of the famous Gilco sign in the Dontonburi area of Osaka. This is the center of a huge shopping district that comprises Namba, Dontonburi and Kurumon market.
Kyomizudera is a large temple in Kyoto that is famous for its large platform and red pagoda, unfortunately when I visited the main platform was being worked on. Still the temple and surrounding grounds have a unique and gorgeous aesthetic.
Kinkakuji is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture, the temple pavilion is covered in gold leaf and was built in the late 1300s originally as a small retreat for a local regent.