The Best of Kyoto: Tenryu-ji Temple

The Best of Kyoto: Tenryu-ji Temple

The Best of Kyoto: Tenryu-ji Temple “Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi If I ever return to Kyoto (cross my fingers), Tenryu-ji is a place I could see myself coming back to. That’s how special it is. Tenryu-ji...
The Best of Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji Temple

The Best of Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji Temple

The Best of Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji Temple “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty” Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is one of the three most stunning and unforgettable sites in Kyoto. Like two other famous Kyoto places, Fushimi Inari and the Bamboo Forest,...
The Best of Kyoto: The Bamboo Forest

The Best of Kyoto: The Bamboo Forest

The Best of Kyoto: The Bamboo Forest The second most unforgettable site in Kyoto is another atmospheric place and that is the Bamboo Forest, also known as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It’s not a temple, and it’s not a shrine. It’s just a forest of bamboo trees....
The Best of Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

The Best of Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

The Best of Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine The most impressive and most unforgettable site in all of Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You’ve probably seen pictures of it before. It’s the one with the never-ending tunnels of red torii gates. It’s an incredibly...
What to do if you get sick in Japan

What to do if you get sick in Japan

What to do if you get sick in Japan You’re in Japan, and you find yourself sick or injured. What do you do? In the immortal words found on the cover of the book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, first of all, DON’T PANIC. And then read this article to find out...
Kamikochi Hiking: The Perfect Day Trip from Takayama

Kamikochi Hiking: The Perfect Day Trip from Takayama

Kamikochi Hiking: The Perfect Day Trip from Takayama Visiting Kamikochi makes for an easy and relaxing day trip from Takayama. Hiking at Kamikochi is ideal for both inexperienced or physically challenged hikers like me and for expert hikers. There’s a wonderful...
The Ultimate Day Trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima

The Ultimate Day Trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima

The Ultimate Day Trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Remember the first time you heard those two names? For me, 5th or 6th grade. I can’t remember which grade exactly, but I remember which part of the school my classroom was in, so it must have...
Nara Itinerary: An Easy Day Trip from Kyoto

Nara Itinerary: An Easy Day Trip from Kyoto

Nara Itinerary: An Easy Day Trip from Kyoto Nara makes an easy and relaxing day trip from Kyoto as well as an excellent day trip from Osaka. It’s got so much to see: deer, giant Buddhas, famous temples and shrines, and great food. In this Nara itinerary,...

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