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Explore Himeji – The flying castle
If you are fans of the animations of Studio Ghibli, it’s hard to forget the images of the magnificent castles in Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. These castles were exactly inspired by Japanese buildings. Therefore, during your 100 step journey, don’t forget to visit old buildings which store secrets within their paper windows, wooden gates, and battlements. Text and photos: Cac Truc I visited Himeji Castle in Hyogo Province on a beautiful day. From a distance, the nearly ...
Gion – The last street of Geisha
As beautiful as the settings of classic movies, Gion greeted me with traditional wooden houses with small bowls of salt in in front and charming girls wearing kimonos in the narrow streets. If you are lucky enough, you will meet a geisha and maiko wearing traditional kimonos and make –up like fine porcelain dolls. Text and photos: Cac Truc Geisha, or geiko in Kansai local language, refers to artists who are trained to perform various types of art and follow strict rules of costume an ...
Don't miss 4 ideal places to admire autumn in Osaka
From mid - October to the end of November each year, visitors come to Osaka, Japan will enjoy the brilliant fall colors as the maples, tidbits simultaneously moving red leaf color, yellow. 1. Mino Park This is a valley located in the north of the Osaka city. From Umeda Station in central Osaka, you catch the train to the Ishibashi station, then changing the train to get the Hankyu Mino, takes about 30 minutes and 270 yen (nearly 60,000) you will reach the magnificent forest. From ...
10 great places for exploring in Tokyo you should know
For many years, Tokyo always stands on the top of the busiest cities, the most expensive, the most famous in the world ... If having an opportunity to come here, do not miss the 10 following destinations. 1. Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji fish market is the largest and busiest area in the world over 220.000 square meters and 1.677 booths. Before entering to the main market area, you have to go through many seafood shops. when entering the main market area, you will see the huge tunas are ...
15 fantastic places to see autumn leaves in Japan
Autumn is considered by many as the most amazing moment of the year in Japan as "The land of the rising sun" seems to be surrounded by yellow and red colors of plants and flowers. The Japanese call the red leaves season as Momiji. The stunning scenery with red maple leaves tinged with a little quietness has enchanted so many tourists to come to this country in autumn. Let go with buffalotrip.com to explore 15 places for watching stunning red leaves in Japan to experience the ch ...
10 gorgeous places to see autumn leaves (Momiji – fall foliage) in Kyoto
Coming to Kyoto in the fall, you can easily be caught red color everywhere. From the majestic mountains to the sacred temples inside the city. Kyoto is the "spirit party" for international visitors when they come here. In Kyoto, the leaves began to change color from October. But the most brilliant is around mid-November. However, until mid-December, if visiting Kyoto, you can still leisurely to admire the red leaves ! Kyoto autumn is one of the charms of Japan. Here we pick the list of 10 ...
9 things to do and see in Kyoto you can’t miss
Kyoto is the capital of Japan during the 1000 years; Kyoto fills glory of the past. Besides a place is recognized as world cultural heritage by UNESCO, this ancient capital region also boasts features such as a culture town and unique cuisine. Kyoto attracts tourists by ancient color with temple architecture characterized Japan as well as modern breath is expressed through the bars and coffee shops. Let’s buffalotrip.com to discover some things to do and see in Kyoto that make sure you ...
6 better alternatives to Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo Disneysea
Tokyo Disneyland and its equally whimsical, yet unequivocally wetter neighbor, Disneysea, are two of the most popular destinations in Japan. Despite the three-hour ride queues, overpriced stale churros and the clean-shaven kid in a fedora standing in front of The Indiana Jones Adventure signing autographs, people still go. Everyone also seems to have a super secret plan on how to avoid the crowds. As if no one reads the same super secret websites. Newsflash: people don’t care about cold weathe ...
Visit Maneki-neko cats shrines in Gotoku-ji, the Tokyo’s Buddhist cat temples
Tokyo’s Buddhist cat temples, Gotokuji & Imado! How to visit the Japanese Maneki neko cats shrines. This article originally appeared on lacarmina.com Did you know that Tokyo has two temples… dedicated to lucky cats? At Gotokuji and Imado Shrines, Japanese visitors make prayers and offerings in front of thousands of cat statues! In this photo diary, I’ll show you both of these very special places, and provide all the travel information you ne ...
8 wonderful things you should know about Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo
Just a 10 minutes’ walk from the Shinjuku station, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a true natural oasis amid of the hubbub of the metropolis. It features three themed gardens, the English Landscape, the French Formal, and the Japanese Landscape. The park is much loved by tourists and locals alike for a lovely, relaxing day out. Read more Tokyo travel guide at here and Japan travel guide at here. What is Shinjuku Gyoen? Shinjuku Gyoen, a beautiful oasis amid the bustle of ...
Top 30 hottest spots to visit for foreigners in Japan (Part II)
It is always a huge challenge to choose what to see and do while you are in Japan. Here we introduce you to 30 places that are especially popular with international visitors, just to narrow down your challenge a little. You will find some of the best places to savor the traditional, unique culture and landscapes of Japan! See more: Top 30 hottest spots to visit for foreigners in Japan (Part I) 15. Ritsurin Garden [Kagawa] yutaka2010.web.fc2.com kasaoka.sub.jp This traditio ...
Top 30 hottest spots to visit for foreigners in Japan (Part I)
It is always a huge challenge to choose what to see and do while you are in Japan. Here we introduce you to 30 places that are especially popular with international visitors, just to narrow down your challenge a little. You will find some of the best places to savor the traditional, unique culture and landscapes of Japan! See more: Top 30 hottest spots to visit for foreigners in Japan (Part II) So you decided to visit a new country for the very first time! Where to go? What to s ...
7 UNESCO world heritages sites you must-visit while traveling in Kyoto
Next to Tokyo, Kyoto is the second most popular city for tourists to visit, and it should be. Kyoto is considered among the first capitals dating back to 794AD and today its become own Japan’s living cultural archives. If you’ve come to see shrines and temples, you can’t go wrong visiting Kyoto. This city has more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto shrines. Regardless of how you spend your time exploring, it would be impossible to leave Kyoto without running into ...
Autumn colors in Kyoto
Japan’s cherry blossoms are famous the world over, but the fall foliage in Kyoto is perhaps even more beautiful. Here’s our guide on how to see the Autumn Colors in Kyoto at it’s best. Sentō-gosho Garden, Kyoto. Photo by np&djjewell While the cherry blossoms at their peak are almost excessively lovely, even tawdry in their obvious appeal, the fall foliage is a more restrained beauty that grows on you the more you look at it. And, while catching the cherries in pe ...
6 of the best exclusive experiences in Japan
For many travellers, Japan is the holiday of a lifetime. Shrouded in myth and mystique, it holds its own special allure, drawing visitors back again and again with its distinctive combination of time-honoured tradition and hyper-modernity. Japan is also a fantastic place for luxury travel, as that little extra really can make the difference between a great trip and an extraordinary one. If you are in any need of convincing, just take a look at this list – which represents just a handful of ...
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