Japan

Daigoji 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.

Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Japan

Umeda Sky Building Views Over Osaka

Get a birds eye view of Osaka city from the Umeda Sky Building. Orientate youreself ready to start exploring and spot iconic locations like Osaka Castle and the lights of Dotonbori.

Central Kyoto Walking Tour

Kyoto Walking Tour – Central Kyoto

Explore the city with this self guided Kyoto walking tour around central Kyoto. Follow the marked route or pick attractions to suit your interests. This Kyoto walking tour of central Kyoto is entirely self guided.  Take it at your own pace and spend the most…

Sapporo snow festival

Exploring the Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is an incredible winter wonderland of all things snow & ice. Spread across 3 huge sites it’s the biggest winter festival in Japan so here are a few tips for getting the most out of your visit.

Maruyama parks famous weeping cherry tree

10 fun free things to do in Kyoto

Kyoto is a beautiful city to visit but it can get expensive. Here are our top 10 picks of fun and free things to do in Kyoto that you don’t want to miss. Did you know there are some great fun and free things to…

Nishiki market (ichiba) in Kyoto city

A walk though Nishiki Market, Kyoto

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

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…

The golden pavilion temple, also known as Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion Temple

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Temple should be on your list of things to do in Kyoto. Here’s what you need to know to plan your visit. We’ve been to the Golden Pavilion temple during spring time and in winter and thoroughly enjoyed both visits.  It’s…

Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan

Visiting Nijo Castle in Kyoto

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

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

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.