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More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go

After our brief visit to Ainokura we travelled to Shirakawa-go, the largest village with gassho-zukuri houses. We first stopped at the Shiroyama Tenshukaku view point to glance over the village with its old style houses with those large triangular roofs. It is a very pretty sight, all year round. Probably even more so in autumn… Continue reading More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go

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Ainokura gassho-zukuri houses

We travelled from Takayama one hour on a bus to reach the Gokayama region. This region is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri houses, which have survived for hundreds of years because the region's secluded location in the upper reaches of the Shogawa river. This is also the reason that Gokayama's lifestyle and culture remained very… Continue reading Ainokura gassho-zukuri houses

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Kyoto: Nishi Honganji Temple

After our amazing visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine we went back to the area surrounding Kyoto Station to visit Nishi Honganji (sometimes written as Hongwanji too). It's next to Higashi Honganji, but as there are still renovation works going on, we decided to visit only Nishi Honganji, which is the temple to the West.… Continue reading Kyoto: Nishi Honganji Temple

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Kyoto: Arashiyama and the Tenryuji Temple

Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto and it really is worth a visit. We took a train from the central Kyoto station to get there and in just three short stops we arrived in Arashiyama, which is known for its bridge, several temples and a famous bamboo groves. First, we walked… Continue reading Kyoto: Arashiyama and the Tenryuji Temple

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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