Edo period

76 Hotels and Inns for Luxury Stay in Kyoto, Japan’s Culture Capital, in 2017!

Kyoto (京都) is often described as the most beautiful city in Japan. It is home to some of the nation’s most precious national treasures, including the Golden Pavilion, the shrine of a thousand torii (鳥居) gates, Nijo Castle (二条城), and streets where Geisha (芸者) in training roam. Anyone interested in Japanese culture must take a…

6 Things to See in Sendai’s Gorgeous Hidden Treasure of Shrines and Temples

Sendai (仙台) is a beautiful city set within the prefecture of Miyagi (宮城県). Famous for its beef tongue, kokeshi dolls, and Feudal Lord Date Masamune (伊達政宗), is it a major stop on the Tohoku (東北) trail. Linked by shinkansen (bullet train; 新幹線), it’s only a 90-minute ride from Tokyo. Yet despite its fame, there is…

Following the Yamagata Mountain Pilgrimage of One of Japan’s Greatest Poets

The Mountain Temple has long been synonymous with haiku master Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉) and his immortal travel log, Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道; The Narrow Road into the Deep North). Its very name evokes feelings of mystery and tranquility. Situated in the Yamagata (山形) region of the beautiful Tohoku (東北), Yamadera (山寺), meaning “mountain temple”, is…

Discover the Beauty of San’in, the Hidden Treasure of Japan!

Traveling to Japan is fun, but it can be easy to stay within the different cities connected by bullet trains as it is conveniently reasonable and less-time consuming. However, the best-kept secrets are usually situated far from the main cities, which means you need to get off trains and do some good old-fashioned exploring! One…

Is This Japanese Traditional Method of Kimono Coloring Almost Dead?

“Innovation” is a word that most people are familiar with. This simple word has allowed societies to advance beyond our imagination. It has brought us to an era where it seems like anything is possible. Japan, in particular, is a well-known country when it comes to innovation. Similarly, the country is also known for its…