Kyoto

6 Reasons Why the Kansai Area is a Great Place to Visit or Live in Japan

Japan is a truly beautiful country. Across its various islands, one can experience nearly every type of climate. In the north, beautiful snow peaks and skiing. In the south, an island experience that rivals Hawaii or any of the other pacific islands. In the heart of Japan we have Tokyo; the Japanese megalopolis that has…

The Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018 Sakura Season in Japan is Here!

With the end of winter approaching and the first signs of spring in the air, it is time to start getting excited about the upcoming cherry blossom season! Locally called “sakura,” the cherry blossoms are some of the most anticipated flowers in the country; all around parks, temples, and even streets are thousands of trees…

A Quick Introduction to Understanding the Riddles of Kabuki

Kabuki is one of the famous well-known aspects of Japanese culture, yet for many non-Japanese, Kabuki remains a mystery. The exaggerated movements and oddly done make-up are more baffling than the archaic Japanese that the actors are using. Now, some Kabuki theaters offer English translations for its foreign fans, but the language is only half…

3 Best Ways to Get to Kyoto from Tokyo

Want to go to Kyoto from Tokyo but unsure of the best way to get there? Getting to Kyoto may seem a daunting task (especially as a foreigner) since the most popular option, Shinkansen, may be a bit out of tourists’ price ranges. But fear not! There are other ways to get to the old…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Geisha

A geisha is a traditional Japanese hostess trained to entertain men through dance, song and conversation. The best way to translate a word geisha into English would be “artist” or ” performing artist”. White makeup, a colorful kimono and beautiful hair is probably the world’s most popular image of a geisha. To become a professional…

Transportation Etiquette for Kyoto: New Akimahen Rules

Manners and politeness in Japan are a big deal. The Japanese are renowned for their polite and unassuming ways and Kyotoites are no exception. The ancient capital has started to become fed up of the mess tourists are leaving so have devised several illustrations to help travellers behave well on their trip. Akimahen In order…

Tourists, Akimahen! Please Follow Kyoto’s Etiquette Guidelines

One of the many downsides of Kyoto being one of the top tourist destinations in Japan is the exponential growth of travellers who do not follow etiquette guidelines. The city of Kyoto is no exception to the struggles of a typical Japanese to express his frustrations against travellers committing a cultural blunder. On July 2015,…

Where to Go During Autumn in Arashiyama (Kyoto)

Autumn has just arrived, and you may think that going sightseeing in Japan at this moment will be all about admiring the beautiful landscape, right? But it is not. Besides the gorgeous coloured leaves, you can also enjoy the gentle weather of the season and do interesting (outdoor) activities. West of Kyoto there is one…

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…

Planning your Trip to Japan by Season: Which is the Best Season?

For many people who live outside of Japan planning a trip is an exciting prospect. Flights and hotels can be expensive, especially if you are coming from far away so you want to make the most out of your trip to Japan. There are many things to take into account when you are planning your…