Michael, in reply to your comments:
We couldn't find the retaurant/cafe area at the fish market so missed out there. As for jet lag (seasoned travellers us Lythgoes), the best advice I could give is set your watch to local time and try and work around it (if it's night time try and have a few hrs sleep). I don't pay attention to the 'don't drink' brigade. Have a couple (and I mean a couple), you are on holiday after all. Plenty of soft drinks as well(water, oj etc) keeps the body hydrated. The last thing you want is a hangover. After arriving don't give into temptation to have a sleep (you should have had one on the plane!!), a shower/change of clothes refreshes the parts... and then go out and enjoy the sights, even if its just a short stroll around your hotel. It will give you your bearings and keep the body clock ticking. Visit a local cafe/shop etc..Keep going on local time and try and stay up to at least 10pm. Then get a good nights sleep (ensure your curtains are well closed as a 4am wake up courtesy of the sun is the last thing you want!!).
As for the kids, best parts 'everything' (even better than South Africa, although the safari...). Worst parts- I don't think we had any (apart from the 'cold noodles'-Blog 4 Kyoto), but then again I forgot about the 'mosquitos' (Blog 4- Kyoto gives details), although Paula did have a visit or 2 at Ueno zoo!! It doesn't matter which country, Paula is the smorgasboard for all local insect life!!
All in all,it was fantastic (we all wanted to stay longer) and the people who we met/interacted with (from shopkeepers, restaurant staff, locals in bus queues etc.) just made it so special. Ok, so it was an expensive holiday (flights/hotel bills etc were costly) but once there it was no dearer than back home.
Blog 3 posted, 4 to follow. Enjoy.