Staying in a traditional Kyoto Townhouse on a budget!
Have you ever wandered through Kyoto and marveled at the gorgeous old townhouses? And secretly imagined yourself staying in one and feeling like you're part of Memoirs of a Geisha? Well, I confess, I have! But did you know, you actually can stay in one of thes
The best ground soybeans in Kyoto! Made by you!
If you have experienced New Year's in Japan, you are most likely familiar with the traditional New Year's dishes, Osechi-ryōri, one of them being kuromame, a dish consisting of black soy beans cooked in sweet syrup. These soybeans are supposed to symbolize ha
Rilakkuma Goyururi Kyoto – Explore the ancient capital with the cute characters!
Rilakkuma is one of the most famous characters in Japan nowadays. New product lines are released regularly, time-limited restaurants are always crowded and new product collaborations are coming up more and more. The hype around the cute brown bear and its smal
A guide to all of Kyoto's UNESCO world heritage sites
If you enjoy traditional art, architecture and history, there is truly no better place in Japan to visit than Kyoto. The ancient capital is so well preserved it produced a whopping 17 UNESCO world heritage sites, each of which with its own charms. For those pl
Staying at 9hours Capsule Hotel in Kyoto
On July 6th, I found myself at 9hours Capsule hotel in Kyoto, Japan. While some consider this a claustrophobic's hell, this was the coolest "hotel" I'd ever been in. I made my reservations at Booking.com and chose this location over others in Japan specificall
My First Omurice: The Kichi Kichi Experience
On January 2017, my boyfriend Mike and I bought our first ever tickets to Japan. The logical next step after that was to make reservations for Kichi Kichi (キチキチ). I'd seen videos all over the internet of the red knit beanie-donning chef Yukimura Motokichi slic
5 Awesome Wagashi and Where to Get Them
Confection so delicate and beautiful you hesitate to eat them -- but it is exactly this moment of hesitation that wagashi (和菓子) inspires, a moment of hesitation perfect for reflecting about the poetry of nature and the elements represented by these exquisite c
Why you should attend Jidai Matsuri- one of Kyoto's 3 great festivals!
The Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's renowned three great festivals takes place on October 22 annually (please note that the festival will be postponed to the 23rd in the event it rains on the 22nd). The lively festival is celebrated by locals of all ages, ador
Luxuruious Geiko (Geisha) Photoshoot in Kyoto
If you think of Kyoto, you're likely to also think of Geisha (or Geiko, as they are called in Kyoto). There are many studios in Kyoto and other cities that allow you to experience what it is like to dress up as a cute, colorful Maiko or a mature, stylish Geiko
Iwatayama Monkey Park – An Adventurous Journey to Arashiyama, Japan!
8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-Ku, Kyoto +81 75-872-09500900 – 1630 $500 Y – Adults, $250 Y – Child With more than 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, as well as gardens, palaces and scores of architecture, Kyoto is truly one of the most beautif
Kyoto Imperial Palace – A serene and sublime experience!
3 Kyoto-Gyoen Kamigyo-Ku, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto PrefecturePhone: +81 75-211-1215 It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo with its pop culture, karaoke bars, shopping and fashion – and that’s just day one of your visit. For many w
Japanese Geisha Culture - Experience the Miyako Odori & the Gion Odori
Source: kimonogeisha.comIntroduction The Japanese geishas are famous all over the world and a true icon of beauty. However, when in Japan, it might be a bit difficult to see the geisha, since they usually perform only in private parties in tea houses around t