Tom wanted to take the kids somewhere very special after they finished school this year. He could not have chosen a more beautiful place. He made all the reservations and arrangements a month in advance. He scheduled a 1/2 day off work and took us to a place that people travel from all over the world to come to. Absolutely gorgeous. The pictures do not do it justice, but it gives you a sense. Click on a picture to make it larger if you would like to see more detail.
|The Entrance to this magical place. Everything was designed around 16th century Japan. You can click on the picture to make it bigger for detail.|
Traditional tea ceremonies are held here. I would absolutely love to have a room in my house designed like this. Serenity.
|The Lantern boats floated on many of the streams and ponds that dotted the landscape of these gardens. Each party of 4 or more dined in their own little room.|
|Miranda and Aaron watching the evenings fish being prepared.|
|The details of the entire place were very well presented. This restaurant represents the true identity of Japan. Zen at its best.|
|A tea house|
|Miranda enjoying the enormity of the place. You don't often expect to see such large houses in a garden|
|Aaron following our Japanese guide to our dining house. We enjoyed an hour before our reservation to wander the gardens. It was a perfect evening. Pretty awesome for reservations made a month early.|
|7-course meal. We did pretty well with most of the food...tried a few new things. This is river fish. It was actually quite appetizing, I could have done without all the bones.|