Kyoto's Top 5 Key Things to Know Before You Go
No two places are quite alike in Japan. If you think you know the rules of Tokyo, get ready for the adjustments you'll need to make when in Kyoto. This is the info you need to know if it's your first time in this historic city of culture.
Top 5 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Hyogo
When viewing the cherry blossoms in the Kansai region, it would be easy to get lost in the beauty of Kyoto and Osaka and forget Hyogo Prefecture. But these sites are well worth traveling to as well. Check out our Top 5 picks!
Great Cities Made Greater with Kimono Rentals
There are a number of places in Japan where you can rent a kimono and enjoy walking around town, typically centered around regions with well-preserved historical streets. And it's not just Kyoto!
Breathing New Life into Old Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for its rich history, including temples and palaces that have existed for more than a millennium, but there are some new and exciting sites around the former capital that are sure to delight people of all ages.
How To Explore Kyoto on a Student Budget
If you think Kyoto is too expensive, just ask students for secret tips to help you get going on an adventure to this ancient city that truly depicts Japan's culture, tradition and history.
Top 10 'Hanami' Spots in Japan
The transient nature of cherry blossoms is an essential part of their beauty, but no one wants to be left in the dark when it comes to finding the perfect spot to see them.
Munch on Tiny Pancakes-on-a-Stick
The newest craze of skewered food in Japan is not a type of meat, but a dessert!
Fun & Weird Temples in Kyoto
Already done all the big spots in Kyoto—or just sick of the crowds? These fun and weird temples and shrines are definitely not going to be listed in your typical tourist guide!
This Luxury Bus Gets You to Osaka in Style!
Overnight buses are one of the cheaper options for traveling from Tokyo to Osaka, but this isn't your run-of-the-mill overnight bus!
Go Back in Time on Historic Streets of Gion
Gion, the traditional entertainment and geisha district of Kyoto, is famous for its streets and picturesque alleys that retain the atmosphere of the past.
Tenjin-san Flea Market
If you're visiting Kyoto around the 25th of any month, be sure to stop by one of the largest shrine markets in the Kansai area and get yourself a souvenir! You'll be surprised at what's in store for you!
The Weeping Willow Plum Trees of Mie
The city of Suzuka, in Mie Prefecture, has a garden that opens its gates after nightfall, allowing guests to see the gorgeous blossoms in a whole new light.
What's the Difference Between Tokyo & Osaka?
Debating between visiting Japan's two most prominent cities? Tokyo's got the bright lights, but Osaka's got the character. Here's a comparison to help you choose between the two!
Top 10 Historical Hotels & 'Ryokan' Inns
Stay at an accommodation that once served Japanese feudal lords or one that has been around since the Edo Period!
The Best 'Hanami' Spots in Each Prefecture
Enjoy the best of the cherry blossom viewing season with this list of the top spots to see sakura around the country.
Kyoto Studio Transforms Customers into 'Oiran'
Ever wanted to try out the glamour of a Kyoto 'oiran'? This studio will give you a gorgeous makeover!
Hikone Castle: A National Treasure at 410
2017 marks the 410th birthday of Hikone Castle, one of just 12 remaining original-construction castles in Japan. Join us as we take a look inside!
East Meets West at Kyoto's Ran Hotei Teahouse
Discover green tea chocolate cheesecake at this Kyoto teahouse run by a Canadian!
Get 'Spirited Away' by These Photos of Kyoto
Try if you can, but we don't think you'll be able to resist packing your bags for Kyoto after seeing these gorgeous photos.
'Truly Kyoto' Finds for the First-Timer
Each prefecture in Japan has a distinct character and something to be remembered for. Kyoto is not all shrines and temples, but a place for good food and other finds too! Here's a half-day plan for first-time experiences in Kyoto.