Jinan, China

This was my husbands third trip to Jinan, China. The university he works at has an exchange program with Shandong Jianzhu University. Professors go to teach during the summer and winter semesters and undergraduate and graduate students can participate in student exchange programs to attend classes overseas. Professors and students from Shandong Jianzhu University gave…

Touring Japan Days 7-8 Osaka

Osaka, Japan Accommodations Hotel Garden Palace & Kansai Airport Spa, Izumisano This hotel was super nice and a great place to end our trip to Japan as well as relax before heading to China. I chose a hotel not far from the Kansai Airport. The hotel had a restaurant, breakfast buffet, onsen, spa area, sauna,…

Touring Japan Days 4-7 Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan Accommodations Izutsu Hotel 52 Daikoku-cho, Kawaramachi-Sanjo-Sagaru-Nakagyo, Kyoto 〒604-8031 Japan Like Tokyo, Kyoto is a big city so this room was on the smaller side but worked just fine. We actually met two people in the lobby who went to the same university that we did. It is a small world. The location of…

Touring Japan Days 3-4 Hakone

Hakone, Japan Accommodations Yamanochaya Ryokan 171 Tounosawa, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, Japan 〒250-0315 One of the experiences most important to me was to stay in a traditional style Japanese home or hotel (ryokan). This ryokan was amazing and depending on your budget, you could really live in luxury for a few days. Tonosawa hot spring is…

Touring Japan Days 1-3 Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan Accommodations APA Hotel Kanda-Jimbocho-Ekihigashi 3-1-22 Kanda Ogawamachi, Tokyo, 〒1001-0052 Japan, Chiyoda Ward Keep in mind, you’re in Tokyo. This was the smallest room I have ever stayed in but it was super clean, the staff was incredibly friendly, and breakfast was amazing.  Restaurants & Food Our first meal in Tokyo was at Ramen…

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