Hiking Southern Kyoto

Waking up early in the morning on Day Three was no accident. I was set to leave Kyoto at around 5 pm that evening - meaning that I wanted to get in as many sightseeing activities as I possibly could. And with this in mind, I went off to Southern Kyoto - to visit its …

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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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Japanese Gift Giving Occasions

The gift giving culture in Japan is a huge part of this society, with presents given for all types of occasions. Now, while there are plenty of gift giving etiquette to remember, it's also important to know the different occasions when gifts are appropriate - and the best type of gift for each occasion. So here's …

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5 Basic Japanese Customs and Etiquette

When traveling to any country in the world, you should most definitely brush up on any local customs and etiquette so that you don't look like an idiot or offend anyone. So I decided to make a list of some basic Japanese etiquette for anyone wanting to travel to, or work in, Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rq9uStNbU4   …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Onsen-ing

Once in the dressing room, you should strip down naked. That's right, you have to be starkers in an onsen - no bathing suits allowed! Now this may intimidate you, but remember, everyone there is naked and no one is looking nor judging you. And on the plus side, there's nothing better than hanging free!