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Beyond Kyoto: Tokyo Sightseeing


We’re all about Kyoto here at KyoTours Japan, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have other favorite spots all over Japan. Our Beyond Kyoto series of blogs is all about things to do and places to visit throughout Japan. Today, we’ll fill you in on a few unique locations in Tokyo, the world’s largest city and a must-see spot on any Japan vacation. Some of these places are well known, and some are off the beaten path, but we think they’re all worth visiting! A bit of googling and online research can provide location info and visiting hours for all of these sightseeing spots. Enjoy!

Tokyo From Above

The Tokyo Skytree has been an eye-catching monument towering over the city since it opened in 2012. At 634 meters, the Skytree is the world’s tallest tower and the second tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Located right across the river from the busy Asakusa district, it’s easy to access and a popular tourist destination. Because of it’s popularity, many visitors write it off as simply a tourist trap that they …continue reading


Writers in Kyoto Anthology – Now on Amazon

Source: deep kyoto

Kyoto’s busiest man of letters, John Dougill, has written in to say that the Writers in Kyoto Anthology for 2017 is now up on the Amazon website. Here’s the blurb:

This anthology collects writings by established and new writers associated with Kyoto. The contents range widely from fiction to non-fiction: an extract from a novel, a short story, and a fantasy; articles on child-rearing, ceramics, the tokonoma, and the spirit of rocks; contemporary free verse, poetry with a Taoist flavor, and new translations of Basho. Also included are three winning entries from the Writers in Kyoto Competition, and two longer pieces about that giant of Japanology, Lafcadio Hearn, who continues to cast a shadow more than a hundred years after his death. Rounding out the anthology is an essay by Alex Kerr, leading commentator on present-day Japan, together with illustrations by award-winning designer, John Einarsen.

And you can order it right here: Echoes: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017

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