Local Girls Scouts from three local Service Units including Unionville-Chadds Ford, Kennett, West Grove and West Chester School districts joined Girl Scouts from the states of New York and California on a cultural and educational adventure throughout Japan.
Early arrivals were treated to a tour of the Ghibli Museum, then a ride up the Tokyo Tree Tower. Next was the tour of Asakusa and Asakusabashi districts and the Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine. A walk through and lunch in the Harajuku and Akihabara district including Takeshita Street yielded some fun treats. The Tokyo tour was jam-packed with a tea ceremony, Kimono Fashion show, origami workshop, Kauai Monster Cafe, Technology lecture and showroom, student exchange experience and an evening at Tokyo Disney.
From Tokyo, the Girl Scouts ventured to Kamakura via Yokohama and saw the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and then to the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple. That evening was spent at a traditional Japanese Inn where the Girl donned a Yukata and ate a traditional Japanese meal, enjoyed the hot springs and slept on mats. The next day was a Ferry ride across the Ashi lake for a Cable car to the top of the Komagatake mountain.
The girls took a bullet train to Kyoto, followed by the tour of the Golden Pavilion, the Nijo Castle and the Fushimi Imari Taisha Shrine. The next day was a visit to Nara. with the bowing deer surrounding the Taji-ji Temple and another "Great Buddha."
A walk through the bamboo forest was followed by a visit to the Monkey Park or a pet cafe with owls or cats. The next day was a bullet train to Hiroshima- and a very moving tour of this very educational Peace Memorial. The next tour was of Miyajima "Itsukushima Shrine"- another World Heritage Site.
The last day was spent visiting Himeji Castle and shopping in the Doton-bori in Osaka. This 11-day trip with tours was educational for the girls. The Brandywine Valley Girl Scouts plan to go to Greece next year.