Category Archives: TRAVEL

Tokyo Events This Week: Free Yoga, Salsa on the Street and Food Festivals

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Tokyo events for Monday, June 17 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
This week, celebrate International Yoga Day with a free yoga session, visit the Africa and Taiwan food and culture festivals and bust a move at the Salsa Street festival.
Rosenzuiro: Erica Ward Solo Exhibition
An exhibition of 14 works of art that uses the colors of the Tokyo’s subway line by artist Erica Ward.

Rosenzuiro: Erica Ward Solo ExhibitionDates:11th Jun–23rd Jun, 2019
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Hope Quiz Night at Hobgoblin
A classic pub trivia night in Roppongi. Proceeds go towards helping the neglected poor become self-reliant.

Hope Quiz Night at HobgoblinDates:19th Jun, 2019


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The Hyuga Myth Cycle

Part of Aoshima Shrine near Miyazaki is a small museum with tableux displaying the cycle of myths set in Hyuga, the old name for what is now Miyazaki. This cycle of myths are now very well known, but historicaly there were many different versions of the myths. It is only in the modern period that one particular version has been established as the “national” myth. For instance, in this first

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Your Guide to Gion, Kyoto’s Famous Geisha District

If you’re fascinated by the atmosphere of old Japan, then Gion is the place for you. Gion (祇園) is Kyoto’s famous Geisha district, as well as the home of the large Gion Matsuri festival held every year in July. Here’s what to do when visiting Gion!


Gion is a historical district in the city of Kyoto that is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (お茶屋, Japanese teahouses). Gion is famous for being one of the few remaining places in Japan where geiko (芸妓, what “geisha” are called in the Kansai region) and maiko (舞妓, apprentice geiko/geishas) train to perform for guests.

Gion includes the area around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. The Yasaka Shrine was actually originally called Gion Shrine, and was an important pilgrimage spot. The entertainment area developed here to provide the many pilgrims with food and drink.

As kabuki theater grew in popularity, more high-end forms of entertainment were developed, leading to the rise of the geisha. Even today, Gion is known as Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. The district remains packed with bars, restaurants and traditional teahouses, and reaches its peak atmosphere in the early evening. After the sun goes down, street lanterns light up, and the apprentice geisha walk around the back alleys on their way to their various appointments.

Gion can be reached from Kyoto Station by bus 100 or 206, which cost 230 yen to get to Gion bus stop. The closest train stations are Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line and Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.

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Shijo Avenue (Shijo-dori)

Shijo Avenue is a popular shopping area filled with stores selling local products. Called Shijo-dori in Japanese, the avenue runs through the center of the Gion district and connects the Kamo River to the Yasaka …continue reading


Mount Fuji: How to Climb Japan’s Most Famous Mountain

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Gazing down on Japan from atop its symbolic mountain is high on the bucket list for most visitors and residents alike, but at 3,766m it’s not the effortless stroll that many elderly Japanese people make it seem. If climbing Mount Fuji is your summer to-do this year, here’s what you’ll need to know.
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The various trails of Mount Fuji
It’s possible to take four different trails to the summit of Mt Fuji, as well as one that goes on an ambling circular route around the fifth stations, for anybody who enjoys punishing themselves without much payoff.
Which trail on Mount Fuji is the best?
All the trails up

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