• Kyoto – part 4
  • Kyoto – part 3
  • Kyoto – part 2

Kyoto – part 4

May 1, 2019

Himeji-jo is about an hour by train from Kyoto, one of the few original castles left in Japan and what must be their most brilliant one. Very stunning! They recently finished comprehensive renovations, which they conduct every 50 years to be sure they pass on the required skills to the next generation. While the first […]

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Kyoto – part 3

April 30, 2019

The next morning we were back in the tourist masses at Arashiyama bamboo grove. I can’t imagine how all of this has been two weeks ago, the main weeks to travel for cherry blossoms. In Himeji, our guide told us they had over 12k visitors in one day. The grove was beautiful though with endless […]

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Kyoto – part 2

April 29, 2019

The town of Nara, 40km away from Kyoto, was Japan’s first permanent capital and is another Unesco World Heritage Site. The main sight is the great buddha (Daibutsu), 16m high and consisting of 437 tonnes of bronze and 130kg of gold. The Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall) is a beautiful towering wooden building, one of the […]

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Kyoto – part 1

April 28, 2019

After a disappointing ride in the Thunderbird train (it was fast but with that name, we expected more), we arrived mid-day at Kyoto, to another rainy afternoon. Tokyo is all the new, the bright lights, skyscrapers, cute food and colorful fashion. Kyoto is the old Japan, lots of temples and shrines, peaceful gardens, picturesque old […]

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Kanazawa and the Japanese Alps April – part 2

April 22, 2019

The trip to Takayama was super smooth as overall traveling in Japan was. We booked the tickets online and with a three hours break in Ogimachi, to see the famous gasshō-zukuri farmhouses. They are steep reed-roofed wooden homes, made for harsh winters and meters of snow piling up on their roofs. It’s an Unesco world […]

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Kanazawa and the Japanese Alps

April 20, 2019

Kanazawa and the Japanese Alps April 11-13 Kanazawa is one of the best preserved Edo-period cities in Japan, the 260 years period of the Tokugawa shogunate that united the country in 1603 and brought peace and prosperity. The town is famous forKenroku-en Garden – one of Japan’s top three gardens, the Nagamachi Samurai district and […]

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