Thursday, November 1, 2012

Days 135 and 136 September 25 to September 26 New York to Kyoto

Off We Go-  20 Hoursof Travel, Four Movies, Three meals,  and then Land in Japan
By Sally


We arrived at La Guardia at about 4:00 a.m. Our gate area had an ipad for at every chair- thus avoiding the need to talk to another person during your wait for the plane!  An adjoining restaurant also had an ipad at every seat.  I had not seen this feature at an airport before.

Al and Amy get off the plane- happy and tired.  Actually, they look more tired than happy.

Our first view of Japan- out the window at the Kansai airport- which is built on a man-made island  about 1/2 mile out into the ocean by Osaka.

My first Japanese toilet.  This key pad allows you to play music to cover the sound of urinating, and also has two ways to wash your bottom. I don't remember what the other features are.  Japanese toilets are two extremes- either squatting over a hole in the floor (a picture will appear later) or one of these multi featured toilets which does everything except wipe your bottom.  Hope that was not too explicit.

A display with traditional geisha.

Japanese subway trains typically have a car solely for women.

Our first meal in Japan- ramen noodles with small bits of meat, fish, and green onions.  We ate very little meat in Japan.
By Al

We all got up about 3:30 AM to get a 5:30 AM flight to Japan.  Actually, we flew back to the Twin Cities.  Then we flew to Seattle where we go on the plan for Osaka.  We left New York at 5:30 AM on Tuesday, September 25 and got to Osaka at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 26.  But, our time in transit was really only about 18 hours.  There is a 13 hour time difference.  From the airport in Osaka we took the train up to Kyoto for our first Japan adventure.   We stayed at the Hotel Monterrey Kyoto.  This is a hotel chain that is quite a few places in Japan.  It was very nice.  Small room, but that is the standard in Japan.  We had supper at a very small traditional Japanese restaurant.  Instant immersion into Japan.

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