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Maruyama parks famous weeping cherry tree

10 fun free things to do in Kyoto

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Did you know there are some great fun and free things to do in Kyoto city?  I heard so many times as I was planning our trips to Japan what a terribly expensive place it was to visit.  I’d be the first to agree that…

A walk though Nishiki Market, Kyoto

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As a self confessed and unashamed foodie it’s not surprising that we found our way to Nishiki market (Nishiki Ichiba 錦市場) within hours of arriving in Kyoto.  Known as Kyoto’s kitchen this is a market used extensively by locals to source fresh ingredients, artisan produce…

Kenka-sai ceremony at Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto

Kenka-sai festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine

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As soon as I knew we’d be in Kyoto on the 1st April I mentally blocked out the middle of the day for the Kenka-sai festival.  Incorporating festivals and cultural events on our Japan trips is something we’ve done since our first visit and it’s provided some…

Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan

Visiting Nijo Castle in Kyoto

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Nijo Castle is one of the must see spots on our Kyoto list.  We were really surprised to hear several visitors to the city say they weren’t going because there’s ‘no point when there’s no castle’.  It is true that the main tower of Nijo castle…

Okayama Castle in Japan

A visit to Okayama Castle

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Okayama castle is easily accessed from the main Sanyo bullet train line making it a practical day trip from Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. For anyone with an interest in castles, gardens or Japans feudal history Okayama is a worthwhile city to visit.

Best Japanese Gardens - Tokyo Imperial Palace

10 Top Japanese gardens to visit

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Japanese gardens aren’t just beautiful and relaxing spaces. They’re full of history, culture and tradition. These are 10 of the top gardens in Japan, they feature traditional Japanese garden design techniques and an all-season appeal that makes them well worth a visit.

The complete guide to sakura in Kyoto, Japan

Kyotos best sakura viewing

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Headed to Kyoto for spring time? It’s one of our favourite cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan so here are some of the best locations and events for watching sakura as it unfolds in this beautiful city.

A day trip to Enoshima

A day trip to Enoshima

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Take a day trip from Tokyo to Enoshima. The island has been a tourist escape for centuries but now is only 70 minutes from central Tokyo. Enoshima offers something for everyone; great food, caves, gardens, shrines, views history and beaches.