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7 Matcha Sweets to Die for in Kyoto!

Love matcha? Then you have to try these seven unique sweets from seven hot Kyoto shops!

7 Great Train Passes to Save Money on Transit

There are a number of passes you can buy to get unlimited transit in popular tourist areas. Here are seven great picks, with a focus on the Tokyo and Kyoto areas!

12 Best Places for Unique Souvenirs in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the best places in Japan to buy authentic Japanese goods. Here's a handy list of some great Kyoto souvenirs and the best places to buy them!

Department Stores with a Long History

'Shinise' literally means 'old stores.' And with a strong culture of preserving history, Japan has the largest number of 'shinise,' especially regarding department stores!

Transform Tableware into a 5-Story Pagoda

What better way to dish out your homemade Japanese food than to serve it on dishes designed to look like Japanese-style architecture?

Tokyo to Kyoto: A Budget Two-Day Excursion

Spend two days in Kyoto, with a night at a hotel and bullet train tickets included for less than ¥26,000!

10 of Japan's Oldest Confection Shops

The sweet treats offered by these long-lived establishments have more than withstood the tests of time. Each shop is at least 350 years old!

Enjoying Kyoto’s Fantastic Japanese Cuisine

It’s no secret that Kyoto’s food scene is unique and delicious. Indulge yourself and enjoy Kyoto’s fantastic Japanese cuisine!

Painted Imaginary Camouflaged Leaf Insects

To avoid becoming prey, leaf insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings. But what happens when the insect's natural environment has been completely destroyed?

The Oldest Paper Company in Japan

Founded in 771, Genda Shigyo makes 'mizuhiki,' the multicolored cords used to decorate envelopes for weddings, funerals and other major life events.

Discover the Secrets of the Haunted Restaurant

Step in to this fantasy horror restaurant in Kyoto and enjoy all-you-can-eat and drink, including desserts, for a full two hours—if you dare!

Fall in Love with Kyoto's Unique Flavors

Make yourself fall in love with Kyoto not only by exploring the city, but by treating yourself in these stores full of Kyoto's unique flavors!

54 Fun Things to Do in Japan!

Japan is filled with quirky and fun bucket-list-worthy things to do, with countless sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and neighborhoods to explore. Here are the 54 fun things to do in Japan!

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

The Perfect Rentable Guesthouse in Uji

If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto or Uji, this guesthouse is worth checking out!

10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.

Cheap Kimono Rental & Dressing in Kyoto

Spice up a trip to Kyoto with this special set plan including a kimono, sash, bag and sandals. Choose from a variety of patterns and fabrics to fit your style!

Flavors of Japan: 10 Unique Cafés in Kyoto!

Explore the culinary gems hidden away in Japan's former capital and try the unique cafés to experience a combination of traditional and modern flavors.

20 Free Things to Do in Japan This Summer

Japan has a host of things to do for budget tourists, and we've compiled our list of the best free things to do. Enjoy!

5 Free Guide Services in Kyoto

Kyoto is so full of temples and shrines, it can be hard to know where to start. Why not try a free guide?

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