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Go on a Pilgrimage Aboard This Unique Sightseeing “Lens” Train in Kyoto

You might have already heard about cool, unique-looking trains in Japan. Some of them course through the air at exhilarating speeds, some make you feel like a royal with luxurious facilities, and some take you sightseeing in undiscovered places. Amongst all of them, there is one particular train that takes you on an amazing pilgrimage…

The Challenging Life of Mt. Hiei’s Marathon Monks

Somewhere in the mountains of Kyoto live the marathon monks. These monks seek enlightenment by running 1,000 marathons in 1,000 days. Though it is very rare for a monk to embark such kind of challenge, those who succeed are regarded with respect as living Buddhas. tumblr.com/ Who are the Marathon Monks? theguardian.com/ The term “Marathon…

The Kyoto Trail, a Hiker’s Paradise

Kyoto is located in central Honshu and was the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, before the capital was moved to Edo (Tokyo). With a population of almost 2.6 million people (1.5 million in Kyoto City), Kyoto is a metropolitan hub. Strikingly different to Tokyo, Kyoto has kept most of its history…