Last week we visited Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka–three important cities in the Kansai region. Our friend Yuki whom we met at the Asian Rural Institute is from the area and she was gracious enough to be our guide. Nothing beats having a local show you around. Kyoto is especially famous as the former capital and cultural hub of Japan. We packed a lot of sightseeing into these seven days and we hope these images capture some of our experience:
Disembarking the overnight ferry from Beppu to Osaka
Our awesome tour guide,Yuki!
Shinkansen train from Osaka to Kyoto. These things can go around 170 mph!
Anna at the temple
The biggest wooden building in the world in Nara
Nara is famous for tiny deer that roam around the temples
4 ways they can hurt you
Sizing each other up
Bamboo grove in Kyoto
We were lucky enough to see a geisha performance
Fancy scrambled eggs
With the owner of Soba Cafe in Kyoto. A former agriculture student, she is now trying to introduce people to cultivation and numerous uses of buckwheat
Thanks for a great time Yuki!