Japan calls, again.
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We stayed in Tokyo to begin with. Millions of people all perfectly ordered. Polite and calm.

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I first came to Japan for a bonsai convention and was fascinated to see how they nurtured all their trees. Everyone loves and respects nature in Japan.

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Beautiful scenery, around every corner, abounds in Japan. Especially in Kyoto and surrounds but virtually everywhere.

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Good ol' MacDonalds. It's everywhere and Tokyo is no exception.

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We stayed at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, in Tokyo. Very nice.

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I think every Aussie panics a little about catching a bullet train. But like everything there, it's perfectly ordered and colour coded. The trains are never late and the people are always courteous.

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Signage is clear and precise.

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Of course, if you love manicured gardens, you will find none better.

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I really wanted to see the Tokyo fish markets. Apart from me leaving my wallet in the back seat and Taki having to run several hundred metres to retrieve it, I wasn't disappointed. Incredible place.

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Fish, shell fish and fillets everywhere. Millions, it seemed.

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Fruit and vegetables were not far away. Here...Wasabi.

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Just a selection of the fruit on one stall.

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Flower lovers might know that the Japanese invented beautiful 'disbud' Chrysanthemums. Growing the plant up a straight stake, they remove any side bud or shoots and encourage only the main flower to grow bigger.

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Of course we had to go to Disneyland, along with EVERYONE else.

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The same the world over.

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The celebrated Halloween too.

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The famous 'Mark Twain' Paddle Steamer.

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Mickey & Minnie. Favourites with kids everywhere.

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Taki taking a break and having a look at the Koi in the pond.

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Ticket machines were easy and the colour coded maps were perfect for tourists.

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Not so new anymore but the bullet train really impressed us in 2007

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Kyoto station. An amazing, modern structure in such a beautiful, old town.

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Thought I'd better try the night gown.

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Japan. Famous for its gardens & bridges. Especially in Kyoto.

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Spectacular waterfalls, man made.

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Palaces and temples everywhere it seemed. Each bigger and more incredible than the last.

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Just one of the many beautiful back streets of old Japan.

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Another temple in Kyoto

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Perhaps the most famous and dazzling of all is the Golden Pavillion in Kyoto. Quite spectacular from any angle.

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From memory this was Kinkaku-ji temple

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We came across this group of women gathered at a temple. Perhaps the Kyoto Country Women's Association?

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If you can see the people in the doorway of this temple, you'll realise how big it is. A giant buddha was inside.

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There are thousands of deer at Nara. All very friendly and very hungry. Although this one wasn't impressed with Taki and let him know as much.

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3000 Lanterns lined the paths at this temple in Nara. Probably my favourite. I believe there is a festival each year where they light all the lanterns. That would be spectacular.