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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.

Munch on Tiny Pancakes-on-a-Stick

The newest craze of skewered food in Japan is not a type of meat, but a dessert!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Get the Best Seats on the Shinkansen

Japanese bullet trains, or Shinkansen, offer three types of seats for your traveling ease. Check this out for a helpful description of each as you plan your next train trip around Japan!

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!

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!

JR Explained

When talking about Japanese trains, surely Japan Railways (JR) comes to mind. But did you know that JR isn't one single company, but six?

#Followmeto Couple Capture the Beauty of Japan

This well-known Instagram duo is leading us by the hand on a spectacular journey to some of Japan’s most famous sights.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

How to Hang with Glamorous Geisha in Kyoto

So just who are these mysterious geisha, and how do you meet them? Having spent time with geisha in Kyoto, we can help you unveil their mystery!

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