Budget hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

Best TV: Villa Fontaine Jimbocho. I will comment on the hotels on our recent trip. I reserved 3 different hotels on http://www.Hotels.com in advance. You have to pay in advance, although the refund conditions appear to by quite reasonable. The process went perfectly smoothly. Here is where we stayed. Although there was no grandeur, we were very happy…

Navigating from Kyoto to Tokyo

One always collects too much stuff at a conference – mainly heavy paper stuff.  On the morning of departure from Kyoto we had to sort through it all and make hard decisions. I brought my wheeled suitcase on this trip so I could put the heavy stuff in it, and carry light things in a…

Eating in Japanese

Our first morning in Tokyo we headed out toward the Yasukuni military shrine and happened upon the Sunday antique market. There was everything from World War 2 helmets and memorabilia to old photo albums, kimonos and junk jewelry. Maybe there were real jewels too, but how would I know? As we exited from the East…