Day 6: Close Encounters with Japanese Wildlife October 20th 2009 Today we made a major discovery: a real French bakery about three blocks away from our ryokan. It's called Rauk and if you are ever in Kyoto, even for just a few hours, you must go find it.
At 8:48am, with pastries and coffee in hand, we boarded a train for Nara, a small but historically very significant town about 25 miles away. It's the perfect day trip from Kyoto.
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Asia » Japan » Nara In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
We've decided to take off six months to see Asia and Australia and revisit New Zealand before we turn 40. Angelique's been to Asia once (Bhutan, a few days in Malaysia, only one in Singapore) and this will be Adrian's first time on the continent. Neither one of us has been to Australia but we did spend 3 weeks in New Zealand in 2007 and can't wait to return. If all goes well, our plan to is to spend a week in Japan, six weeks in southeast Asia, 2-3 in Australia and then 3 months in New Zealand, returning home to San Francisco in late March, 2010. Enjoy the blog!... full info