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Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto

Japanese New Year Traditions

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Japan celebrates New Year, or Oshogatsu in Japanese, on the 1st January.  It’s a particularly important holiday for Japanese families who gather together often in their hometowns to celebrate.  The traditions are a mix from Shinto, Buddhist and modern origins.  Plenty of preparation goes into…

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10 things to see and do in Arashiyama

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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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Great noodles at Omen Restaurant in Kyoto

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Omen is one of my favourite restaurants in Kyoto, and that’s really a strong recommendation as there are a LOT of amazing restaurants in Kyoto, I love Japanese food and pretty much everywhere we’ve eaten has been good.  Still the variety and especially the seasonal…

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

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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…

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Free Kimono Fashion Parade in Kyoto

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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

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On this weeks section of our Kyoto Photo-walk series 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 geisha district. Being right…

ryozen temple

Walking Kyoto – Ryozen Kannon

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In this series we set out a self guided walking tour around Eastern Kyoto from Kyoto station in the south to the Silver Pavillion in the north. Complete one long walk or take just the section that interests you. In this posts we continue on from Kiyomizudera to the Ryozen Kannon temple.

8 Reasons to visit Tian Tan Buddha

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1.  Tian Tan Buddha The Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are located on Lantau Island, one of the 260 odd islands making up Hong Kong.  I was in Hong Kong for a couple of weeks on business which overlapped a public holiday so I…

Kiyomizudera

Walking Kyoto: Kiyomizudera

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This post is one of a series that make up a self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto. The full route is around 10 km from Kyoto station to Ginkakuji, the silver temple, in the north. Make a day of it or select only the sections that appeal the most.

Sanjusangendo temple in Kyoto, Japan. The size and number of gold plated statues in this unassuming hall is incredible.

Walking Kyoto – Sanjusangendo

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On this segments of the self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto we’re heading northeast from Kyoto Station to Rengeo-in Temple which is much better known as Sanjusangendo.  It’s famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, but as we’ll see there is more…

Kyoto station, the starting point for our self guided walking tour of eastern Kyoto

Walking Kyoto: Kyoto Station

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This post is one of a series that make up a self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto. The full route is around 10 km from Kyoto station to Ginkakuji, the silver temple in the north. Make a day of it or select only the sections that appeal the most.

Walking Kyoto

Walking Kyoto: Introduction

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This post is one of a series that make up a self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto. The full route is around 10km from Kyoto station to Ginkakuji, the silver temple in the north. Make a day of it or select only the sections that appeal the most.