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Cool Off by the River & Order Some Drinks

If you find yourself needing a pick-me-up, yet still wanting to take in the views of Kyoto, stop by this Starbucks café!

Top 4 Tempting Treats to Bring Back from Kyoto

We've chased down Kyoto's four favorite traditional snacks.

Surprising Truths of Teaching at Girls' School

I was lucky to have the unique opportunity to teach English at a private all-girls' high school, but it was definitely not what you might expect.

10 Events to Attend During Golden Week 2016

2016 is a golden year for Japan's big Golden Week holiday. Not only can you catch a few traditional annual Golden Week events, but also some pretty rare ones as well!

Amazing Aerial Video of Western Japan

Discover Western Japan as you have never seen it before from a breathtaking birds-eye view!

Japan's Top 4 'Best 3' Sightseeing Spots!

Witness the best sightseeing spots Japan has to offer in four official, comprehensive lists.

Full List: Japan’s UNESCO Shrines & Temples!

Japan is home to thousands of historic shrines and temples, and a good few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to just one can give insight into Japanese culture.

Hike the Mackerel Highway

Back in the day, getting ocean fish to Kyoto was back-breaking work. You can still hike the 1,300-year-old path that brought mackerel to the ancient capital.

Top 6 Souvenirs to Take Home from Kyoto

Kyoto's deep history makes it one of the best places in Japan to find old-fashioned crafts and handmade goods you won't find anywhere else.

Upholding Beauty & History at Yojiya

One of Kyoto's most historic and best-known shops happens to be an unassuming makeup and beauty store.

Regional Station Souvenirs You Can't Miss!

Don't let these yummy station souvenirs pass you by on your next Shinkansen ride!

The 6 Coolest & Most Unusual Lawson Stores

Ever seen a convenience store with a patio? How about one with a play area for kids? Or why not just go for one where you can get a Dragon Quest slime?

4 Purrfect Kansai Cat Cafés

Tired of running around, trying to see all the beautiful temples and castles in the Kansai area? Recharge your batteries at a cozy cat café!

47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!

Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!

The Ultimate Samurai Pants

It might not be as tough as armor, but these leather samurai pants sure are fashionable!

Japan's 12 Best Keepless Castles

These castles may not have keeps, but many of them are much older than any of Japan's so-called "original construction" castles.

Turn Heads with Some Eye-Popping Accesories

This Japanese fashion designer gets rather creative with her bags and scarfs, creating bold fashion statements!

5 Expert-Level Chopstick Sets

Chopsticks, or 'ohashi' as they are locally known, are synonymous with Japanese cuisine, and the nation has long loved crafting its own smooth, attractive sets. Here are five of the best!

How to Ninja-Proof Your Castle

Ninja and other assassins were a serious problem for high-ranking officials and royalty back in the day. Here we take a look at how they managed to thwart these silent killers.

A Historical Walk Through Japanese Tea

Take a stroll through Kyoto’s Yamashiro region, the historical nexus of Japanese tea production, with a history dating back some 800 years.

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