Me: “So…the Imperial Palace was kind of a snore fest.”
Chris: “Yeah. But I’m glad we did it.”
We returned to Kyoto in 2011 with four-week-old Isaac to tour Kyoto’s Imperial Palace and Fushimi Inari Shrine. But after we bought our shinkansen tickets and reserved our hotel we of course discovered the English tours were all full for the entire time we were there. Prepared traveler fail. No sweat, we are resourceful; we joined the Japanese tour. That’s right, we spent our third Japanniversary becoming authentic Japanese tourists!
To greet His Majesty
In Kyoto, His ancestral place,
The palanquin bearers, dance
Tonight under the young moon.
~Year-end Waka poem by His Majesty the Emperor, 2004, 16th year of Heisei