Our day with Mana was full of many highlights as she expertly navigated us through a series of trains, buses and taxis to arrive at Kinkaku-ji, the bamboo forest, and the textile center, among other sights. Along the way she took time to explain some cultural history and background and to give us some simple lessons on Japanese characters and writing, which we greatly appreciated. We also went through some interesting shopping areas and took time to stop and buy some lovely items such as small wooden earrings and silk Christmas ornaments. Our sushi and tempura lunch ( she gave us a choice of steak or sushi restaurants) was delicious. We also saw a kimono fashion show, observed silk kimonos being designed and woven, and ended the day with tea and a demonstration of making beautifully artistic Japanese cakes.
Dear Judith and Lori I appreciate your kind review for my tour. Japanese people often say when they get good weather that it's they have been behaving well everyday. It must be true because the weather was good ! I'll keep your present and see it every day. Japan has 34 national parks. I hope that you will visit Kyoto and I can see you again. Thank you