Kyoto: Yasaka Shrine

On our way back to our hotel in Southern Higashiyama we walked passed the Yasaka Shrine, which is located between the Gion District and Higashiyama District. It is considered the guardian shrine of Gion. The present buildings are from 1654. The granite toori was erected in 1666 and stands 9.5m high, making it one of… Continue reading Kyoto: Yasaka Shrine


Kyoto: Kodaiji Temple

After our stroll through the Higashiyama district we visit Kodaiji, which is a temple that was established in 1605 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's greatest historical figures, by Hideyoshi's wife Nene, who is also enshrined at the temple. Kodaiji is a Buddhism temple. Its main buildings were constructed in the lavish style of… Continue reading Kyoto: Kodaiji Temple


Kyoto: Higashiyama and Senbei rice crackers

After visiting the Kyomizudera Temple we walked through the Higashiyama District. This is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to wander through narrow langes, with wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops. It feels a little of how Kyoto must have been many years ago. The shops and restaurants… Continue reading Kyoto: Higashiyama and Senbei rice crackers


Kyoto: Kiyomizudera temple

We landed at Osaka Kansai International Airport on a Sunday night and took a car service to Kyoto, which is about 1,5 hours away. We checked-in at the amazing Hyatt Regency Kyoto in Higashiyama and went straight to bed, to ensure we will be full of energy for the next day packed with sightseeing. We… Continue reading Kyoto: Kiyomizudera temple

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Tokyo here we come (and a book recommendation)

We have been talking about this for months and finally we've made it: We are going to go to Tokyo for four days and take in the culture, the hectic city, tranquil parks and shrines, the fantastic food and try to understand some of the traditions and habits. I am really excited about this, especially… Continue reading Tokyo here we come (and a book recommendation)