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October 1, 2014  OMG, we are up at 5:45 am to get to the Sheraton Miyako Hotel by 7:50 am. I am really getting to know the metro system. Thank goodness I’m the map reading expert.

Toshogu Shrine, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its lavish decorations, ornate details, and five structures categorized as National Treasures of Japan. This shrine houses the remains of Edo period's founder, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Unfortunately it was a rainy day so all the buildings were shrouded in a white mist which did lend a magical atmosphere to the area. It took a total of 4,540,000 people 1 year and 5 months to complete construction. It was amazing.

We found a cute place to have lunch on our own - the meal was delicious. We raved (as much as you can rave in sign-language) about the pickled onions and the waitress brought more!

After lunch was a visit to Tamozawa Imperial Villa. The current emperor was a child of 10 when he was brought to this villa to get away from the bombings in Tokyo. Hirohito (Emperor during WWII and father of the 10 year old boy) criticized plans to go to war with the United States as “self-destructive” and opposed an alliance with Nazi Germany, though he did little to stop the war that Japan waged in his name. I didn’t know this.

Kirifuri Falls was last on the list. I let Gary climb to an observatory deck to take pictures of a waterfall that I didn’t think we would be able to see. Did I make the correct choice?