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Fun facts about Japan


It looks like our trip is over and tomorrow morning we head back to California.  We’ve learned a lot visiting this wonderful country.  I just thought I’d share a few thoughts about Japan for those of you who may ever want to travel here.

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Hiking at Fushimi Inari-taisha

We took the train today from Osaka back to Kyoto and exited at the Inari station to visit Fushimi Inari-taisha, a very important Shinto shrine dedicated to Inari, the God of rice.   How convenient that the train station is right across the street from the entrance to the shrine!!

Chuck & Ken at the Torii Gates

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Shinsaibashi and Dōtonburi – Shopping & Dining in Osaka

They said that Osaka is a shopping city, but we had no idea to what extent until we visited the Shinsaibashi and Dōtonburi districts.  Both of these areas get their name from bridges that span the canal which run along side of the shopping area, the main place for shopping and dining in Osaka. These two areas seem to criss-cross each other, with the main activity of the hive being centered at the intersection where neon billboards and signs come crashing together creating their famous, giant, landmark logos.

Shinsaibashi Shopping District

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