Japan

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Japanese Wedding Kimono

Something you will regularly see as you travel around Japan in the shines and in public places are Japanese Shinto weddings, or post wedding photography.  On the first day of our first trip to Japan we were at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo and saw three…

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto

Japanese New Year Traditions

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

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

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 we’ve found some many great options across Kyoto but it’s the variety and seasonal tasting…

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…

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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 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

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.

Kiyomizudera

Walking Kyoto: Kiyomizudera

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.

Exploring Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Sanjusangendo is an unique and impressive temple in Kyoto. It dates back to 1164 and is famous for it’s 1001 golden statues of Kannon, goddess of mercy. We explored Sanjusangendo as part of our self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto.  For this leg we…

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

Exploring the Kyoto Train Station Precinct

Kyoto station is the hub for all transport in Kyoto. It’s also a major shopping district and there’s restaurants to satisfy every taste and budget. This post is one of a series that make up a self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto. The full route…

Walking Kyoto

Walking Kyoto: A guide to exploring eastern Kyoto

This post will take you on 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.