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.
Headed to Kyoto for springtime? It’s one of our favourite sakura spots in Japan so here are some of the best locations and events for viewing cherry blossom in Kyoto. In early March cherry blossom fever hits Kyoto. The ume (peach blossom) are wafting their delicious scent across the city and the first early cherry […]
If you’re visiting this historic city a Kyoto geisha experience might be one of the things you’d love to do. For most foreign visitors an intimate evening with a geisha, or geiko and maiko as they are called in Kyoto is unlikely but we have seen them surprisingly often in the city and there are […]
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 make small detours to other temples, cafes and traditional shops. […]
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 early spring, each tree must be closely examined to work […]