Friday, September 20, 2019

Japan’s 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

Original surviving Japanese castles are a rarity. Only a dozen retain their original keeps, though there are many more that lie in ruins or have been reconstructed. Beyond the castles, however, many historic castle...

Charge Up On Luck & Love At Kyoto Power Spots (2)

Feel spiritually recharged at these spots believed to impart its visitors with a special energy, and bring home some luck in the form of an omamori (charm)! Jishu Jinja Shrine (Kiyomizu Temple)   For: Love/Good Marriage/Matchmaking Located  behind  the ...

Maple Hunting in Kyoto: Tofukuji

Sacred temple leafs As one of Kyoto's best spots for autumn foliage, Tofukuji temple should be high on the list of anyone that calls him/herself a "maple leaf hunter". You will be overwhelmed by the myriads of...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Kyoto (9)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Kyoto 25 Genko-an Temple (源光庵) in Kyoto First colors: Beginning of November Color Peak: Middle of November Hours: 9am – 5pm Admission: 400 yen (adults) , 200 yen (Children) Access: 15min bus ride...

Religious Encounters and Culinary Surprises in Shingu

By Rozemarije Zijlmans It’s said that the Kumano gods first descended to earth at the gigantic white, greyish rock that sticks out of the Gongenyama mountain. From this sacred spot, marked by the small red...

No Beef with Kobe: Eat, See, Enjoy!

I took a day trip with K-san (unnamed for privacy) to Kobe during my week-long Japan vacation. We took the direct JR line (around 50 minutes) from our Osaka accommodation to Kobe’s central station,...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Osaka (5)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Osaka 38 Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園) in Osaka First colors: Beginning of November Color Peak: Beginning of November until the Beginning of December Access: Direct Access from JR Osaka-jo Koen Station...

Nara National Museum

The Nara National Museum, situated in the Nara Park, is one of the four prominent national museums in Japan, along with Tokyo, Kyoto and Kyushu. It houses about 1,400 collection items which are extensively...

Osaka’s Over-The-Top Billboards

From Deep Sea Creatures to Cheese Puff s' Uncle Karl In Osaka, people are loud and things tend to get larger than life - especially their billboards. These flamboyant and extravagant advertisements show how Osaka has always been a city...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Kyoto

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Kyoto Kyoto 1 ~ 29  1 Zenporitsu-ji Temple (善法律寺) in Yawata A photo posted by 柴犬こむぎ&つくし (@mugi_tsuku) on Dec 17, 2015 at 3:01pm PST First colors: Middle of November Color Peak: Middle...