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When it comes to eating in Japan, dining doesn't only happen in the open, wide streets. It happens in the alley, too! One of the most atmospheric dining places can be found in Kyoto. It is popularly called "Pontocho" (先斗町) which is a narrow alley lined with traditional-looking entrances....

Japanese women are popularly known for wearing kimonos coupled with folding fans. But do you also know that a flat, non-folding fan called "uchiwa" has also been used by families in Japanese ancient times? It is even considered more expensive since it is harder to make. This is particularly...

When you spend summer in Japan, you will notice that there is a festival related to the stars on the 7th of July every year. This festival, known as Tanabata, celebrates the annual meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. It is custom for people to write their wishes...

From a young age, girls, in particular, are encouraged by the media and the world around them to dream of one day walking down the aisle in a beautiful wedding gown. Personally, I find it quite difficult to merely pass by a wedding gown without admiring the artistry of...

Kyoto has a large collection of shops that sell sweets, and out of the many shops, here is a list of 7 traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi) that you can buy in Kyoto. There are a lot of seasonal limited edition sweets that are definitely worth trying if you ever...

One of the best luxury hotels in Japan providing an unparalleled Japanese cultural experience is the Ritz-Carlton resort. Its main location is in Boston, Massachusetts but has successfully expanded abroad. In Japan, it can be found in Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and Kyoto. The hotel in Kyoto provides guests with...

Power spots are places where visitors are believed to receive spiritual power and are most often located in the mountains. Some of these include adventurous hiking treks and in Kyoto, the most powerful power spot is the Shimogamo Shrine. On top of that, it has also been designated a...

With hundreds of different trains available all over Japan that range in different shapes, sizes, and colors, there is no doubt that are many train enthusiasts or train otakus that have been admiring these brilliant mechanical machines for many years. To the joy of many people all over Japan...

Japan has a reputation for being one of the most expensive countries to visit. And on top of this Kyoto especially is well known for being over-priced with many shrines and temples requiring you to pay an entrance fee to enjoy the city. This can be challenging for backpack...

Funatsuru's history stretches back into the 1800's where its journey of specializing in fresh seafood all began. The name originates from 'funa' (a type of freshwater fish) and part of the founder's name, Tsuruzaburo Tanaka. Funatsuru then expanded into a large Japanese inn and restaurant in 1922 which greatly...

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