A Discovery Off the Beaten Path: Wazuka, Japan’s Most Beautiful Tea Town

There are many tea farms in Japan; Shizuoka and Hamamatsu in Kanto, Chiran in Kyushu, and Uji in Kyoto. While the clear weather in Shizuoka sometimes offers spectacular views of Fuji with tea fields, charming Wazuka in Kyoto prefecture has many breathtaking spots on its own. Author’s photo Wazuka and Tea Author’s photo Most of…

The Palace Side Hotel: Prime Location and Comfort for Travelers Exploring Kyoto

Kyoto is a top tourist destination in Japan for locals and tourists alike; if you find yourself in Japan, chances are you’ll end up passing through Kyoto sooner or later. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a hotel in a big city which is both comfortable and reasonably priced – two things which can…

Monkeying Around in Arashiyama at the Iwatayama Monkey Park!

What better way to celebrate the year of the monkey than by visiting the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyama, Kyoto? The Japanese Macaques (sometimes known as ‘Snow Monkeys’) are best known for their penchant for bathing in hot springs, but this practice takes place mainly in the north of Japan where the weather is much…

A Great Two-Day Itinerary to Experience the Magic of Kyoto!

Kyoto is lined with old rustic streets which give it a charming but almost a slightly melancholic feel to it too. It was the old imperial capital for more than a millennium before Tokyo took over in 1868. It is located in Honshu, the center island of Japan and although, Kyoto is the name of…

What Is the Meaning Behind Ryoan-ji Temple’s Rock Garden?

One interesting part of Japanese culture is the beautification and preservation of gardens. There are several art forms of gardens in Japan and one these types is a famous rock garden or zen garden in Ryoan-ji Temple of Kyoto. It is a dry landscape designed with large rock formations and smooth pebbles. aestheticapperceptions.wordpress.com/ The Composition…

Experience the Famous Stars and Fire Rites Traditional Festival in Kyoto this February!

Every year on February 11 in Yamashina of Eastern Kyoto, a festival of destiny and good luck occurs with the blessings of Buddha. It is a procession style festival with bonfires and exhibitions filling the air of Yamashina with excitement. Agon Shu flickr.com/ ‘Hoshi’ is Japanese for ‘Star’. In the context of this festival, it…

Experience a Geisha Tea Ceremony and Plum Blossom Festival in Kyoto!

Early spring in Japan is the season of Plums, where plum flowers can be seen blossoming everywhere around the end of February. Many people flock to plum viewing areas to enjoy the best views, picnics and celebrations. Let’s have a look at this unique Baika-sai Matsuri festival dedicated to plums held in Kitano Tenmangu shrine…

A Must-Visit in Kyoto: Goddess Kannon, the Central Deity of Sanjusangen-do

Sanjusangen-do is a popular temple building in Kyoto which was completed in 1164. It is officially known as ‘Rengeo-in’ or ‘Hall of the Lotus King’ which houses 1,001 human-sized statues of the goddess Kannon. Its temple hall is the longest wooden structure in Japanese history and measures around 120 meters. The temple has actually been…

Boost Your Karaoke Experience and Go Next Level with ’Boulkara’ in Kyoto!

Living in Japan, there are many options to choose from to prevent boredom, whether it’s activities with your family, friends or even alone – there is certainly plenty to do. Also, in Japan, many people tend to favor karaoke. jankara.ne.jp/ A simple play of words and very easy to understand, Boulkara is a mix of…

Take a Stroll Down Eerie ’Yokai Street’ and Greet the Monsters Along the Way

In Japanese folklore, a class of supernatural spirits and monsters is called “yokai.” It can also be called mononoke or mamono in other terms. These are often seen in the form of animals as well as humans or as inanimate objects with no specific shape. Most of these are dangerous but some are thought to…
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