Traveling Northern and Western Kyoto

Waking up early on Sunday morning, I wanted to get in as much sightseeing as possible on my only full day of Kyoto. Luckily for me, the day was perfect - with lovely sun shining strongly and washing away the rain. So, after eating a traditional Japanese breakfast of fish, rice and miso soup, I …

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A 3 Day Weekend in Kyoto [Video]

Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto (京都), is famous for its Buddhist and Zen Temples, Shinto Shrines and other cultural centres. After Japan moved its capital to Tokyo in 1868, Kyoto remained the country's 'intellectual center' with traditions and cultural practices being kept alive in the city. In recent years, Kyoto has become the most popular tourist …

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Business Etiquette in Japan

Japanese business culture is pretty strict. Whether it's the exceptionally polite use of language, the long working hours, or the inability to interrupt, Japan has a very hardcore view on business and business etiquette. But luckily for foreign business visitors, not all Japanese companies expect you to know all the ins-and-outs of business etiquette. However, …

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5 Incredible Reasons to Visit Japan [Video]

Want five reasons to come to Japan? Then check out this video. The Beauty Japan is one hell of a beautiful country. Full Stop. But don't take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! With the rolling mountains, the forests, parks, sweeping landscapes, beautiful oceans, and dazzling lakes, Japan should be on …

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Trekking Mt Takao

On a beautiful May Monday, a friend and I decided to take a hike up one of the many mountains that Japan has to offer. But because neither of us is fit enough to attempt the 3776 meters that is the famous Mt Fuji, we decided to visit the lesser known (but no less beautiful) …

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Kawagoe Festival: An Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property

After having used my fool-proof methods of discovering places in Japan, I decided one weekend to go to Kawagoe - a city in Saitama famous for its traditional style buildings and candy penny street. In fact, the whole town is known as Little Edo due to its traditional feel from the Edo Period (1603-1868). Little …

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Summer in Tokyo: Festivals and Humidity

I arrived in Japan during the summer rainy season (tsuyu梅雨) - a very wet and very humid month. And if you didn't arrive at your destination dripping with rain - you would definitely reach your destination drenched in sweat.