Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Camellia Tea Ceremony: an All-English Experience in Kyoto!

One of the charms of Japan, is the fact that many activities can be made into beautiful ceremonies. This includes making beautiful matcha tea. For many foreigners, it is very intriguing to be able to watch these ceremonies, but many are put off by the language barrier. But, fear not! If you are in Kyoto,…

The 2017 Sakura Forecast in Japan: Where to Go and How to Plan

Sakura blossoms are a truly iconic aspect of Japanese nature and culture. The short time for which the petals bloom is a coveted sight in Japan and thousands of people flock to see this brief spectacle. Although the flowers may only last for a mere few days, their beauty is second to none. It is…

Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu–dera: The Magic of the Two Most Famous Temples in Kyoto

If we were to recommend our favourite must-see temples in Kyoto, they would definitely be following ones : 1. Kinkakuji, also called Golden Pavillon Being the most popular place in Japan, Kinkakuji temple is one of the must see attractions if you are visiting the city. It is actually a UNESCO world heritage site, built…

Kiyomizu-dera: Iconic temple in Kyoto

A shot of Kiyomizu-dera is a truly iconic image of old Japan and the history of this temple lives up to that idea. Kiyomizu-dera was first founded in 778 and the present buildings that you will recognise were built in 1633 by Tokugawa Iemitsu. One surprising fact about the temple and the veranda is that…

Temple Hopping in Japan!

It’s oh so nice to go traveling! Traveling is a way to expand our imagination and zest for life. It is always exciting to visit a new country. Learn about its people, its history, its culture and go shopping too. Visiting a new place let me see what is possible. I am always enriched by…

6 Deep Cultural Experiences to Have in Japan

Japan is a storehouse for cultural, social and entertainment related experiences. From its amazing history and heritage to the recent modern technological developments, it offers a lot of recreational opportunities to people of all ages. Relax in an Onsen! Meditate in zen gardens! Study in manga cafe or try your luck at pachinko shops! The…

Kiyomizudera, The Pure Water Temple in Kyoto

KIYOMIZU DERA Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺) is an independent Buddhist temple. In 780, this temple was founded on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the east of Kyoto. It is also a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. THE MEANING Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺) consists of three words, “Kiyo” (清),…

A memorable Journey in Kyoto in Sakura Season

The cherry blossom season or the Sakura season is the most stunning time to be in Japan. To all the international visitors and everyone wishing to see Kyoto during Sakura, here I share my experience of a one day trip in Kyoto along the pink and white beautiful flowers leaves. Generally for a one-day trip,…

Seven Places in Kyoto to Top Your Must–See List

As you may know, Kyoto is the ex-capital of Japan filled with nothing but magnificence. Known for being more traditional than the big cities such as Tokyo or Osaka, Kyoto will take you on a journey that will give you a glimpse of the Shogun lifestyle and the Onin war effects and many other historical…