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Travelling from Kyoto to Takayama

So, Kyoto was the easy part. We stayed in a very nice Western-style hotel, knew exactly what we wanted to see and if we did not rely on our feet, we just hopped into a train or taxi to get to the next sightseeing spot. If we were unsure were to go, there was always… Continue reading Travelling from Kyoto to Takayama

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Sakura in Kyoto

Every year in spring it snows in Japan - and it could be nice, warm and sunny but it will still snow. Why? Because of the cherry blossoms, which will fall to the ground as soon as there is a little wind. We had timed our trip accordingly and took into account that it might… Continue reading Sakura in Kyoto

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Kyoto: Zōri and Origami

While walking through Gion I noticed a few shops selling interesting looking footwear. Initially I thought that these are the typical shoes for Geishas, but then I did some research and found that Geishas wear two types of sandals. The wooden sandals, which can be very high, are called Geta. They can be worn with… Continue reading Kyoto: Zōri and Origami

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Kyoto: Night falls at Kamo River

After strolling through Gion the night was falling. We walked over the bridge at Kamo River, which is popular with residents and tourists. A few people were walking along and sitting next to the pathways running alongside the river. The water level of the river was quite low, but we enjoyed the reflections of the… Continue reading Kyoto: Night falls at Kamo River

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Kyoto: Nishiki Market and pickled vegetables

Nishiki Market is a narrow, five block long shopping street (conveniently covered for the rain - given that we were not so lucky with the weather) lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. It known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen' and our guide book said 'f it can be eaten, it can be found here'… Continue reading Kyoto: Nishiki Market and pickled vegetables

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Kyoto: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

One of Kyoto's highlights is the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. The pavilion was built in 1408 and has burned down numerous times throughout its history including 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.… Continue reading Kyoto: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

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Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

This is the most amazing shrine I've visited in Japan so far, it is very beautiful with fox statues and thousands of red torii gates lining the hills. It is one of the oldest (founded in 711 AD) and most revered Shinto shrines, and dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, sake, and prosperity. While… Continue reading Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Kyoto: Gioji Temple in Arashiyama

This is a very unusual temple - it is more like a secret garden. It is a little bit tucked away and might not be THE temple to visit according to your guide book, but it is very unusual with the moss garden, quiet and peaceful. The temple is named for Gio, a dancer from… Continue reading Kyoto: Gioji Temple in Arashiyama