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Experience the Life of a Buddhist Monk for a Few Days at Fumonken in Kyoto!

Beautiful Kyoto is a place filled with many quiet temples and shrines, and among these temples, there are some of which you can stay for a couple of days, known as shukubo. One of the temples in Kyoto where you can stay overnight is Fumonken, which provides the opportunity to experience living as a Buddhist…

Go To Barcode in Kyoto for Karaoke, Dancing, Parties and More!

Do you love karaoke? Do you love drinking? Do you want to make new friends and have a great night out? Then I have the perfect place for you to visit – Barcode Kyoto! Barcode Barcode is located right in the heart of Kyoto’s nightlife district. It’s a big, bright bar that welcomes people from…

Make Your Wish Come True at This Kyoto Temple With…Graffiti?

Japan is world-renowned for so many cultural, gastronomic and natural wonders. None are as revered as their temples. There are temples in every city, if not every block! I have even seen one near a 100 yen store and in the middle of a playground! I know of no city that doesn’t have at least…

The Story Behind the Iconic Boars Near the Kyoto Imperial Palace

On the western side of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace lies a Shinto Shrine known as ‘Goo Shrine’. It enshrines Wake no Kiyomaro, a high-ranking Japanese official of the Nara period. It is guarded by boar statues which are believed to protect him. There is a good story behind all this, let’s dig deeper into it! Wake…

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…

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. The Composition of…

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.   While it is no doubt a popular choice for many, there is one idea that…