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Japan 5 - Day TourBy Sue Otis : 

Japan 5 - Day TourBy Sue Otis Tokyo---_Imrerial Palace_Ginza District Tokyo Tower- Shrine-Sumo- kabuki Kamakura---Buddhist Temple-Buddha Kyoto--- Temples –Gardens-Geisha Nara--- Todaiji Temple-Buddha Osaka--- Castle Transportations- Airplane- bus- bullet train

Well come to Japan : 

Well come to Japan .kamakura .Nara

Tokyo Imperial Hotel : 

Tokyo Imperial Hotel Imperial Hotel is built across the street from the park of the Imperial Palace. Within walking distance to many places in the city

Imperial hotel is a land mark of Tokyo Welcomed royalty, head of state, celebrities and international business leaders for over 115 years Offers highly personalized services Award-winning cuisine

Day one_Imperial PalaceTokyo Tower-Ginza : 

Day one_Imperial PalaceTokyo Tower-Ginza Tokyo Imperial Palace Residence of Imperial family Built- 1888_ moved from Kyoto Guided tour Japanese-English pamphlet Audio guide are provided Palace guard

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Emperor and his family greeting Public on Emperor's Birthday_ December 23rd

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The inner Palace garden and buildings are closed to the public except on January 2nd and December 23rd New Years-Emperor’s birthdays

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There are beautiful gardens through out the Palace

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Nijubashi_Double Bridge Also called”Eye Glass Bridge” Two main entrance to the Palace Palace-surrounded by walls and moats for its protection from intruders

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Imperial Palace Tokyo was destroyed during the War War II Rebuilt in the same style in 1968

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The East Garden Gate -Imperial Palace It is usually open to the public all year around –East garden is most beautiful part in the Palace

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Beautiful East garden Many visitors on weekends

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East Garden-open to public

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Remains of the Old Tower

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Tokyo Tower Model-Eiffel Tower Completed-1958 333 _meters high 13 meters taller than Eiffel Tower Symbol _Japan’s major economic power Television radio broadcast Tourist attraction Painted_ Orange for safety

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Inside _many attractions 1st floor- huge aquarium- Around 50,000 fish in it 3rd floor- wax museum- Guinness world Record-Holography masterly mazes Observatory- 150 meters high Special observatory- 250 meters high- On the clear days Mt Fuji can be seen(1500 yen)

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Tokyo Tower at night Romantic scene

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Meiji shrine -East Gate It is a beautiful walk On the weekends- very crowded Take walk to near by shrine

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Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Many couples exchange their marriage vows at this temple Main Entrance – Meiji Shrine

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Traditional Japanese wedding ceremony at Meiji Shrine

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Wedding photo time

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Purification water Purify your body-mind- soul

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Ginza is Tokyo’s most up scaled Shopping-dining-entertainment district Numerous department stores-boutiques Art galleries- restaurants Night clubs- cafes Great place for a window shopping Ginza Tokyo

The monk performing blessingsfor the store : 

The monk performing blessingsfor the store

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Ginza Wako Department Store The oldest and Landmark of Ginza

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Ginza Wako Built in 1932, the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza, standing at the northeast corner of the district's centrally located junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. Inside the building, jewelry and other luxury items are sold.

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Inside Ginza shopping center

Japanese cuisine : 

Japanese cuisine

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Ginza Tokyo

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Rush hour- Ginza

Big is beautiful The art of Sumo wrestling : 

Big is beautiful The art of Sumo wrestling

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Every sumo wrestler belongs to a stable where they live while they are young Stable is managed by stable master retired – high ranked in wrestling His wife supports in managing the stable Wrestlers get paid when they get certain rank They are 54 stables in Japan Each stable has their own ring to practice

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Sumo wrestlers train hard hoping to win Begin at five in the morning At 8: am Young ones go in the kitchen to help prepare the meal High ranked wrestlers take bath-get hair done They eat first meal at 11: am Young ones eat after them They eat two meals a day

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Traveling in kimono Waiting for the train Sumo wrestlers normally wear kimono traditional Japanese custom

Ceremony – They wear different customsAccording to their ranks Beginners wear black : 

Ceremony – They wear different customsAccording to their ranks Beginners wear black In ceremonial customs before the match

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Sumo wrestling match

Day-two-_Kamakura- JapanHalf day- bus tour : 

Day-two-_Kamakura- JapanHalf day- bus tour Giant Buddha (Daibutsu) built in 252 It used to be Housed in huge temple Destroyed by a tsunami in 1495 Still remains in original form

The entrance to Giant Buddha (Daibutsu) : 

The entrance to Giant Buddha (Daibutsu)

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Kamakura Giant Buddha- Built in 1252 13.35 meters ‘high-Bronze Statue Sitting outside since its temple was washed away by tsunami in 1495

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Kamakura -one of the most cultural area Many interesting temples – shrines Oldest architecture in Japan

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Many groups of school children can be seen on weekends - off school seasons

Many shrines and gardensin Kamakura : 

Many shrines and gardensin Kamakura

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Kamakura Japan Time to go back to Tokyo

Kabuki theater –Opened 1889 : 

Kabuki theater –Opened 1889 Kabuki show - performed year around Show last three to five hours Divided into three or four acts Sold for whole show or single act English earphone guides are available

Kabuki –Noh PlayJapanese traditional live show : 

Kabuki –Noh PlayJapanese traditional live show

Day-Three- Shinkansen(Bullet Train) : 

Day-Three- Shinkansen(Bullet Train) Kyoto - the capital of Japan until 868 Has thousands of temples-shrines with beautiful gardens Welcome to Kyoto

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Hachiyo Ryokan KyotoJapanese style Inn Opened-1916 2o-Rooms-famous Kyoto cuisine Beautiful Zen gardens

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Ryokan lobby-Zen gardenYou can sit there for hours Relax-enjoy the nature Connect with your inner self

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You may have your meal in the room or at restaurant Night – room become –bedroom Move furniture- place futon mats and covers Maids will take care of everything

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You can enjoy your meal in home atmosphere

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At night changed into bedroom Futon-mats and covers

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Ryokan rooms are like home to Japanese Simple-elegance- gives peace and tranquility

Special traditional cuisine : 

Special traditional cuisine

Yudofu (tofu hot pot)Vegetarian food served to priest : 

Yudofu (tofu hot pot)Vegetarian food served to priest

Beautifully presented meal : 

Beautifully presented meal

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Old Imperial Palace-Kyoto New Palace was built in Tokyo When the capital has moved

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Golden Pavilion (built in 1397) Emperor’s residence until 1886 When the capital moved-became a temple It was burned but built exactly like the original except added more gold

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Kyoto was never bombed during World War II Protected due to its historical value Now offers at least 13 World Heritage Sites to visitors

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Beautiful garden of Toji Temple Kyoto Japan

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Ryoan-ji Famous Rock Garden-Kyoto

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Pilgrims meditating at Zen garden of Ryoan-Ji (famous rock garden)

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Every morning-the monks rake the garden to keep in perfect shape

Over view picture of Kyoto : 

Over view picture of Kyoto

Day four-bus tour to Nara : 

Day four-bus tour to Nara Nara-first permanent capital of Japan- 710 to 784 – Prior to Kyoto Many shrines-temples- sacred deer It is center of Buddhist influence Home of The Great Buddha

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Todaiji- found in 745 by Emperor Shomu to protect against horrible epidemic diseases Inside the temple - Great Buddha Sitting on the lotus throne Took 15 years to build

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Built in 743-48meter(157feet) high 1790-Rebuilt at two-thirds its original size—Still the largest wooden building in the world Todaiji-House of Great Buddha

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Buddha-15 meters high- completed -751 His each ear – 2.5 meters(10 feet) long It used up most of country’s bronze Japan almost bankrupt

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Pagoda of Toji Temple

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Garden around the Pagoda

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Many Sacred Deer will welcome Visitors-hoping to get some munchies

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Nara is famous for tame deer Roaming all over the town They nudge- jostle – even bite Especially by the vender machine Begging for food

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Sacred deer all over the park Resting quietly when they are not hungry Time to go back to Kyoto

Enjoy the geisha show : 

Enjoy the geisha show

Gaisha-maiko : 

Gaisha-maiko Gaishas are well trained entertainers Japanese ancient dance-singing-playing shamisen( three stringed instrument) Before they become professional They are called maiko Maiko is usually very young Gaisha is generally older

Geishas in beautiful kimonotraditional Japanese customs : 

Geishas in beautiful kimonotraditional Japanese customs

They start their training in very early age- as young as five : 

They start their training in very early age- as young as five

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Enjoy dinner at an old geisha house With Zen Tempura

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You may want to have a cup of tea with geishas Ask some questions – It is expensive

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Shinkansen-Bullet Train Fastest train in Japan It goes about 150 miles an hour Day-5 Bullet Train- to Osaka

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Historical commercial city Capital of major industrial center-7th -8th centuries It still holds major part of industrial power Osaka _3rd largest city in Japan

Hotel Nikko KansaiInternational Airport : 

Hotel Nikko KansaiInternational Airport

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Original Osaka Castle- Built in 1583 By Hideyoshi Toyotomi It stands on plot land- 1 kilometer square Built on 2 platforms of landfill Supported by sheer walls of cut rock Each side over looking the moats

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The lions-tigers around each corner of castle Symbol of power-courage It played major role in Japan unification on 16th century Central building has five stories-outside Eight stories inside- Tree under the ground Osaka Castle-Symbol of Osaka

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Gate of the Castle The typical gate consists of two gates Placed in 90 degree angle to each other Creating small inner yard Heavily defended from all sides

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The original castle was destroyed 17th century Rebuilt many times after that This concrete replica was built in 1931 Expensive facelift in 1997 Exterior sparkles-Greeted by elevator on the inside

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Walls and Moats Several rings of walls and moats served as a defense measure Osaka Castle- Tokyo Imperial Palace Offer the most impressing examples

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Castle with chrysanthemums In autumn

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Cherry blossom festivals – Osaka Castle ground is cover with food venders- taiko drummers Spring - popular time for tourists Spectacular and breathtaking

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The courtyard of the castle with stone works

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Visit huge underground shopping center

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Osaka is known for food People like to go out to eat Busy city- everything is fast- even restaurant services are very prompt You might want take- Night- City Tour

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Sukiyaki Tempura Enjoy Japanese delicious food If you want MacDonald’s hamburger It can be arranged Try some warm sake-rice wine with your meals

End of 5-Day tour-Japan : 

End of 5-Day tour-Japan Kansai International AirPort Osaka Castle

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Sayonara - goodbye Thank you for your attentions I hope you enjoyed the tour

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