Kyoto

Kyoto is a treasure trove of historical sights and customs in Japan. It was very nearly destroyed by the Americans during World War 2 but was fortunately saved by Secretary of War Henry Stimson, who argued that the cultural significance of the city was too important to risk. That story is fascinating in itself in terms of the decision making process during a war to consider the importance of art and culture above human disagreement. Anyway, I was extremely excited to visit Kyoto given the copious amounts of research I had done leading up to it. 

Alas, on the day before my arrival in Kyoto, I suffered intense food poisoning from some raw seafood consumed in Osaka (still don't get the hype around Osaka), and spent an entire day recuperating. While I didn't get to see all the places I wanted to in Kyoto, it was still a remarkably enjoyable experience.

FUSHIMI INARI

Fushimi Inari is world-renowned for its photogenic torii (the orange structures that line up the entire mountain that leads out from the shrine). Each torii is donated by a Japanese bsuiness.