My Second Trip to Japan, October/November 1998
Trip Summary (10/30-10/31):
- 10/30 was our travel day, where we took the bullet train (or Shinkansen) to Nagoya, then took the local subways and trains to Toyota City and visited the Toyota Museum in the Toyota factory area. We then went to downtown Osaka and stayed at the Ritz-Carlton.
- We woke up early on 10/31 and took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, then took a half-day bus tour of Kyoto which was extremely efficient. We visited various places including Kinkakuji, Heian Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Old Imperial Palace. After the tour was done, we decided on a whim to take an improvisatory tour of Nara. A very kind taxi driver drove us through pedestrian walkways so we could make it inside the Daibutsuden to see the Big Buddha.(we got in less than 5 minute before close - it was great!)
- Before Tokyo, Kyoto was Japan's capital. Before Kyoto, it was Nara. Were we going backwards in time?
Here's Toyota's E-COM, a cute little electric car. I don't believe
this car is on the market yet. The Toyota Museum displayed prototypes
like these and new '99 models. They also had lots of interactive tools
in educating the public on the science and engineering behind car
manufacturing - a highly recommended visit.
The first place we visited in Kyoto while on the tour bus was Kinkakuji, pictured
here. Originally built in 1397, this palace was completely burned in a fire
in 1950. The Kinkakuji that exists now was restored in 1955.
This is a view of downtown Osaka looking east/northeast from the 29th floor of
the Ritz-Carlton. You can see the traffic jam on the main thoroughfare below.
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