Japan

Daigoji temple - Bentendo HallDaigoji temple - Bentendo Hall

Daigoji Temple and a Sakura Festival

Local festivals are a great time to visit a Japanese Temple or Shrine. This large UNESCO listed temple is especially beautiful during the cherry blossoms and the Hanami Gyoretsu festival but it’s not the only season that it’s excels.

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Philosophers Path in Kyoto

The Philosophers Path in Kyoto (called Tetsugaku-no-michi in Japanese) runs alongside a section of the Lake Biwa canal lined with cherry trees in the northern Higashiyama (eastern hills) district of Kyoto.  It begins at Ginkaku-ji (the silver pavilion) and ends at Nanzen-ji.  Along the path you can…

Sakura - Cherry BossomSakura - Cherry Bossom

Is that blossom Sakura or Ume?

During March and April my Instagram feed is full of beautiful blossoms and I’m constantly trying to pick whether it’s an early cherry blossom (Sakura) or a late plum or apricot bloom (Ume).  I’m the same when we’re in Japan in the late winter and…