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10 things to see and do in Arashiyama

Tourists have been coming to Arashiyama for 1000 years, so I absolutely had to have it on my ‘must do’ list when we first visited Kyoto.  Arashiyama is a western suburb of Kyoto city and has the attraction of both nature and tradition.  During the…

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Recipe: Creamy mango ice-cream

I couldn’t resist a tray of ripe and rosy mangos for $15 and as I’ve been promising to either use the icecream maker again or make some space in the cupboard I thought I’d try making a creamy mango ice-cream with a couple of them….

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The best Auckland Christmas Lightup

Whether at home or travelling I like to take a drive or walk in the evenings to enjoy the Christmas lights.  If you’re in Auckland, New Zealand this Christmas then the best Auckland Christmas lightup is on Franklin Road.  That’s just off Ponsonby Road which…

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9 Perfect Xmas Gifts for Travellers

Travellers can be a little difficult to buy for, particularly those of us that like pretty and practical and don’t want to be weighted down with a mountain of luggage.  Here’s a few of my favourite ideas for holiday gifts for travellers in your life…

Festivals in Japan are a fabulous way to enjoy a community atmosphere and local culture. Here's all you need to know to plan a visit to the Nagahama Kabuki Festival

Visting the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri

A great day trip from Kyoto is to Nagahama and it’s even better if you can time it to be there on the 15th April for the annual Nagahama Hikiyama matsuri (festival).  It’s a float festival where Kabuki theatre is played out by local boys…


Jan Powers Manly Markets

I love farm fresh produce and with weekend markets springing up all across Brisbane city it’s now getting easier to find tasty, organic fruit and vegetables.  Jan Powers hosts a variety of Brisbane markets but the first and third Saturday of the month is our local,…

Kimono & Silk Weaving in Kyoto | 2AussieTravellers.com

Free Kimono Fashion Parade in Kyoto

Although Japan has a reputation as being an extremely expensive place to travel there are thousands of free and low cost things to do whatever your interests are.  In today’s post we look in on a kimono fashion parade, watch intricate silk weaving being demonstrated…

Yasaka Shrine

Walking Kyoto – Yasaka Shrine

On this weeks section of our series on walking the streets of central Kyoto we pick up from Kodai-ji temple and continue north-west to explore the Gion district. Yasaka Shrine is at the eastern end of Shijo (fourth street) and is the major shrine of the Gion…