A quiet moment overlooking Kyoto
We've love eating iza kaya, small local eating houses where close proximity and banter with the chef makes for a great dining experience.
At 300+ km/h and with trains every 20 minutes or so across the network, the shinkansen remains an extraordinary transport experience.
If you look closely you can see a little dog hanging out the window over a busy street in Gion, Kyoto.
No trip to Kyoto would be complete without a visit to the Kinkaku Ji (Golden Pavillion).
As any traveller will tell you, interesting English abounds in Japan. Yesterday I saw a new style of jeans advertised as 'bottoms of happiness', and this sign at a restroom entrance left me wondering what the alternative might be; unfinely?