Our trip to Japan started by flying from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to the Kansai Airport near Osaka, Japan. We spent the night in Osaka and then toured Kyoto the following day. Kyoto was the capital of Japan until 1868 and maintains its "old charm" with traditional Japanese architecture, old neighborhoods, and countless temples. Our tour was focused on these traditional aspects of the city. We traveled with Helen's family which included her mom, dad, brother Frank, sister Jody, maternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, and uncle. The only disadvantage of this arrangement was that our tour guide did not speak English -- however, I was well equipped with tour books to help me through.