Speaking of food (and then on to the pictures, I promise) that was our biggest challenge while being on our own. We learned very quickly that we needed to start scoping out places to eat about 2 hours before meal time instead of right at noon or 5ish, when we were all starving. Most restaurants have picture menus or plastic replicas of their food dishes in their windows however, everything looked very similar and it is very hard to distinguish between meats when seen in their plastic form! To our credit we set out every meal time and did actually try local cuisines and different restaurants but then, depending on the portion size or our satisfaction with what we decided on in the end, we would supplement with McDonald's! I know this sounds crazy, but we discovered the Shaka Shaka (breaded chicken breast) on their dollar menu and since it got two thumbs up from Eli, that sealed the deal. At least we always had a fall back in case we couldn't find something to eat. And since there were always lots of Japanese people in McDonald's as well I never felt that bad for eating there.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple Grounds & Spring blossoms
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) - One of the most impressive sights of Kyoto
Stay Tuned for Hiroshima and our return to Tokyo...