Tokyo

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Without a doubt, almost every traveller visiting Japan will visit Tokyo. It is the country’s capital city and a great first place to start for your trip to Japan. However, within Tokyo…

Catching A Shinkansen From Tokyo To Kyoto

High speed bullet trains were born in Japan. It’s where they began and one of the countries that are most famous for these exciting machines! We decided to catch the bullet train…

Kyoto

Kinkaku-ji, The Golden Pavilion

Continuing on my tour of Japanese temples is the beautiful Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺 the Golden Pavilion. Kinkaku-ji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto, whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.…

Kibune

Lunch On a Waterfall in Kibune

Kibune is a small town in a forested valley in the northern mountains of Kyoto, which was developed around Kibune Shrine. I first heard about Kibune as a place where you could…

Kyoto

Staying at Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto

Gran Ms Hotel was absolutely the perfect place to stay in Kyoto. On the recommendation of one of Laura’s friends who is Japanese and visits Kyoto often, it kind of felt like…

Arashiyama

Iwatayama Monkey Park

Hidden at the top of Mount Arashiyama is a crazy little place called Iwatayama. A monkey park at the top of the mountain, with beautiful views over Kyoto and monkeys roaming freely…

Arashiyama

Arashiyama & The Oi River

When we were planning our trip to Arashiyama we had specific sights we were hoping to see – the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and the Iwatayama Monkey Park. I was absolutely not expecting…

Arashiyama

The Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama’s Bamboo Grove is well known for it’s beautiful extensive bamboo gardens, with stalks stretching up to the sky and swaying gently in the wind. As much as I tried, no photo…

Understanding a Japanese Temple

As a visitor to Japan you will no doubt be visiting quite a few temples or shrines. They are a staple of a Japanese itinerary and with their rich culture and beautiful…

Kyoto

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Temple

One of the most visited attractions in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari-Taisha, the shrine famous for it’s thousands of tightly placed torii gates set along it’s beautiful hiking trails around the shrine grounds. The…

Kyoto

The Essentials: Kyoto

One of my favourite places in Japan, and actually Asia so far – Kyoto is beautiful, historical, and completely special to everyone that visits. Within a short train ride of stunning traditional…

Tokyo

How To Navigate The Tokyo Subway

Japan is known for trains. They have one of the best underground systems in the world, are famous of their bullet trains, and have one of the most efficient public transport systems…