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We took a 17 day family trip to Japan in June 2002. It was the first time the girls had been to Asia, so it was a quite different experience for them. We bought bullet train passes and made good use of them as we journeyed from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Takayama in the mountains and Nagano, before returning back to Tokyo. In each city we took day trips to places such as Nikko, Miyajima Island and Nara.

Day

Date

Location/Activities

1

8 June 2002

Fly from LA to Tokyo, crossing the International Date Line on the 10 hour, 50 minute flight

2

9 June 2002

Arrive in Tokyo, dinner in Ginza

3

10 June 2002

Day trip to NIkko

4

11 June 2002

Sightseeing in Tokyo: Zoo; Ginza; Shinjuku

5

12 June 2002

Travel to Hiroshima via a 540 mile, five hour train trip

6

13 June 2002

Miyajima Island Day Trip via a 25 minute train and 10 minute ferry trip each way

7

14 June 2002

Visit Hiroshima sites: Peace Park, Peace Memorial Museum

8

15 June 2002

Travel to Kyoto via a two hour train ride

9

16 June 2002

Explore Kyoto: Ninnaji, Ryoanji, Kinkakuji (Golden), Yasaka-jinja and Kiyomizu Temples

10

17 June 2002

Day trip to Nara, taking a 45 minute train trip each way

11

18 June 2002

Travel to Takayama via two trains

12

19 June 2002

Takayama Rest Day: Visit a market, Relax and hike in a park

13

20 June 2002

Travel to Nagano via three trains and along the Japan Sea

14

21 June 2002

Visit Nagano Zenkoji Temple; Matsumoto Day Trip to Castle and Japan Folklore Museum

15

22 June 2002

Travel to Tokyo, via a one hour, 40 minute train ride

16

23 June 2002

Explore Tokyo: Sensoji Temple, Imperial Gardens, Meji-jingu Shrine

17

24 June 2002

Travel from Tokyo to Los Angeles, via an eight hour, 40 minute flight