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Top Things to Do in Kyoto with Kids (or Without)

No matter what kind of traveler you are, you’ll find loads of things to do in Kyoto. Flashpackers and family travelers alike will find Japan’s ancient capital to be a fascinating place to explore. Travel in Kyoto with kids is amazing, but those same Kyoto attractions are just as cool for adults, as well. Scroll […]

Kyoto Restaurants After Dark: The Magical Trip Kyoto Food Tour

Like many aspects of Japanese culinary culture, Kyoto food traditions (and even some Kyoto restaurants) can be traced back hundreds of years. Local tour operator, Magical Trip, connects you with local Kyoto food guides for a tantalizing walk through one of Japan’s most famous dining districts. In this Kyoto Night Foodie Tour review, we’ll cover […]

JR Kyoto Station Guide: Kyoto Station Hotels, Restaurants & Things to Do

The JR Kyoto Station is a hub for the entire Kyoto area and an essential stop for anyone using a JR Rail Pass. The station itself is a little overwhelming, but there’s good news. There are loads of Kyoto Station hotels to choose from and the building itself is one of the most interesting in […]

The Kyoto International Manga Museum – Tips for Visiting the Kyoto Manga Museum

Any fan of Japanese manga will enjoy a visit to the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Built into an old elementary school downtown, the Kyoto Manga Museum is one of the best places to learn about the history of manga in Japan.  The Kyoto International Manga Museum Opening in 2006, the Kyoto International Museum serves as […]

Arashiyama Itinerary: Where to Stay & Things to Do in Arashiyama Kyoto

The district of Arashiyama in Kyoto is a magical place. You’ll find beautiful temples, quiet gardens, and the famously photogenic Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. These are just a few of the many things to do in Arashiyama. Read on for what to do in Arashiyama, as well as tips on food, weather, getting around, the best […]

The Kyoto Railway Museum – The Trainspotter’s Museum in Kyoto

The Kyoto Railway Museum is one of the newest and most interesting museums in Kyoto. Sure, you may have come to Kyoto for the temples and shrines. But the train museum in Kyoto is one of the best of its kind in the world. If you have time and interest in trains, then this may […]

The Best Hiking in Japan — Hiking Near Tokyo, Kyoto & Beyond

Hiking in Japan offers loads of options, but hiking near Tokyo is easier than you may think. No matter the season, there are loads of options for hiking near Tokyo, and in my column for the Japan Times this month, I mention a few of my favorites. All of these Tokyo hiking opportunities are possible […]

Where to Stay in Kyoto – Best Hotels in Kyoto for Families & Groups

Where to stay in Kyoto and the best hotels in Kyoto for families: where are they? We’ve found them. In fact, these Kyoto hotels are great for just about anyone, but especially good for those visiting Kyoto with children. As a long-time Japan resident, I appreciate a good Japanese hotel, so I’ve searched for the […]

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo and Kyoto. Osaka cherry blossoms, too! Are you planning to visit Japan in spring? If so, then you should definitely make time to see the sakura (cherry blossom) trees. Spring in Japan is a magical time. All around the country, millions of once-barren sakura branches burst open with pink and white […]

Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle – One of the Oldest & Highest Castles in Japan

A fortress in the heavens. A stronghold in the sky. Japan’s Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle is a vision from a distance and a time capsule up close. With roots back to 1240, this one of Japan’s oldest castles. It’s also the highest castle in Japan out of the original twelve that have survived. While not a large […]

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