Bullet Train to Kyoto
Our Japanese style room at Kyoto Tower Hotel
Time for tea!
Some toilets in Japan come with many bells and whistles
Our room was so big it even came with its own shrine
Japanese schoolgirls gave us a how-to on drying off your umbrella
We stumbled across a bar called Fenway Park that advertised itself as an “Official Red Sox Bar” yet they didn't even show the games
Patrick tries to negotiate the complexities of the Pachinko machine
Biggest bell in Japan at Chion-in
Biggest temple gate in Japan at Chion-in
Seriously, that's big
Patrick rings the bell at Yasaka-jinja
Tea houses at Kodai-ji
Up close and personal with tea house roofing
Market in Eastern Kyoto
Geisha spotting in Gion
Higashi Hongan-ji cleansing well
Gate at Nishi Hongan-ji
Entrance to A-Bar
Night out in Kyoto, A-Bar
Our fuel for the evening...sake and Sapporo Yebisu
Us after a few too many
Turtles basking in the Nara sun
Pagoda at Kofuku-ji
Five story pagoda at Kofuku-ji, the second tallest in Japan
Sidewalks/deer petting zoo in Nara
Nandai-mon gate at Todai-ji
Nio guardian at Nandai-mon gate
Daibutsu-den Hall, largest wooden building in the world
Patrick is pumped!
Daibutsu (Great Buddha) on right made of 437 tons bronze and 130kg gold
More muscle in Daibutsu-den Hall
It is said that if you can shimmy through this hole, the equivalent size of one of the Great Buddha's nostrils, you are guaranteed enlightenment
Katrina struggles at first...
...but then makes a breakthrough...
...and then BAM! Enlightenment.
Another big Buddhist bell
Patrick decides to join in on the deer feeding
He makes a new friend!
But the friendship is fleeting. No more donuts = a headbutt in the butt
One of the thousands of lanterns at Kasuda Taisha
A bride at Kasuda Taisha!
Another bride and groom show off their new rings
Just wait three months and see if you look at him the same way
Lanterns at Kasuda Taisha
An idyllic park in Nara
Fresh mochi, still warm and gooey
Looks like the Colonel already picked out his costume
Patrick braces himself for uterus on a stick
Lots of bikes
Kinkaku-ji aka Golden Temple
Our room at Uno House
The toilet at Uno House came with very specific instructions
Best noodles in Kyoto, on Kawaramachi-dori
Katrina and her new accessory. Wait...what's that big thing over there?
It's a castle!
Ceramic eave tiling bearing the insignia of various families that resided at the castle
They did not have Patrick in mind when they built the castle
The view from the sixth floor of Himeji Castle
Plastic food models entice prospective diners
All you can eat Japanese BBQ (and all you can drink sake and beer) in Kobe
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Train Station
Katrina is excited to begin the scavenger hunt game we devised to pass time while being stranded for 15 hours at the Kyoto Train Station due to Typhoon Melor
Some of the scavenger items included...toothbrush
...a Louis Vuitton bag
...a US state name
...some place we've been on our trip
...and Santa Claus, which was the clincher for Patrick en route to victory