+ Getting around by train was so easy and comfortable. Seeing so much beautiful scenery including many mountains was a real highlight. We met wonderful people who made us feel so welcome. The reputation Japan has for its cuisine is well deserved.
+ We stayed in Tokyo for some sightseeing before Mary's conference and left on the last day of the conference for Kyoto followed by Koyasan, Takayama and Matsumoto. We got to Nara from Kyoto. We got to the Japanese Alps from Matsumoto.
+ Kyoto is a sacred city for the Japanese with plenty of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. We had to deal with a lot of rain as a typhoon passed through but we were definitely treated to some wonderful temple, shrine, garden, museum, park and resturant experiences. We loved our stay at a very nice Housekeeping unit of the Sakara Inn on a covered street very near some famous sites. Here is the link to my Kyoto Photo Gallery > http://www.pbase.com/abundancetrek/kyoto2016
+ Heian Shrine "has a relatively short history, dating back just over a hundred years to 1895. The shrine was built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city, Emperor Kammu (737-806) and Emperor Komei (1831-1867). Heian is the former name of Kyoto. -- according to https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3904.html
+ Nanzen-Ji "is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan. It is the head temple of one of the schools within the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism ..." according to https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3905.html