Kyoto is easily one of the most FOMO-inducing cities in the world. Packed with so much to see/do/taste/try/fall in love with, you might be unsure of what should be on your Kyoto-do list. That’s why we’ve done it for you! Here are the 15 things you absolutely must do in Kyoto in order to get the ‘full experience’ and keep those nasty feelings of missing out safely at bay.
1. Explore a world of temples
There are more than 1600 temples in Kyoto.
2. Stroll through Shinto shrines
Meaning “the way of the gods”, Shinto is Japan’s oldest religion and lives on in over …continue reading
Source: Hiking in Japan
It’s the winter of 2007, and I’m hiking along an isolated track called the Kogumotori-goe in southern Wakayama Prefecture with my newlywed wife Kanako. The faint, poorly-marked trail leads up to a viewpoint flanked by a large weather-beaten jizō statue. Armed with a Japanese magazine about the Kumano Kodō, we scan the kanji text and barebones descriptions to find that we’ve reached the Hyakken-gura tenbōdai. We pause here, admiring the splendid views while poring over the limited knowledge in our less-than-ideal information source.
Had we been armed with Cicerone’s latest guide to the Kumano Kodo, Kanako and I would have been in much better hands and definitely would have taken a bus to Yunomine Onsen instead of opting for the extra 6km uphill walk on a paved roadway at dusk.
The Kumano Kodō has come a long way since our fateful walk a dozen years ago. Since becoming a World Heritage site in 2004, Wakayama Prefecture has invested an immense amount of money into both promoting and maintaining the Nakahechi route, adopting the ‘if you build it he will come‘ philosophy that would make Kevin Costner proud. Indeed, the Field of Kumano Dreams has not only brought in the tourists, but has put the Kumano Kodō on the world stage by teaming up with the Camino de Santaigo to form a dual pilgrim program and creating an English-language support network connecting visitors to the many inns and facilities along the way. This has resulted in a 40-fold increase in overseas visitors compared to just a decade ago.
But I really don’t need to tell you all that. One quick net search will reveal a wealth of information about the riches of Wakayama Prefecture, and it’s one reason why I haven’t devoted much of my server space to the Kumano Kodō …continue reading
Saidaiji Kannon-in is a large historic temple to the East of Okayama City. It is the first temple on the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, though I visited it on the second day of my walk along that pilgrimage as temple 2 is further East and it made logical sense.
When I visited it was very quiet, which it is for most of the year, but in late February it is filled with thousands and
Visiting the 8 Hells of Beppu – An Introduction
No visit to Kyushu would be complete without a stop in the famous spa city of Beppu. Beppu is a place that appears as if it’s about ready to blow at any moment, as steam rises from the ground throughout the city. A steady stream of tourists arrive throughout the year to visit the famous hot springs. There are many public bathhouses you can go to, in addition to hotel hot springs known as onsens. Aside from the type of onsen you bathe in, one of Beppu’s biggest attractions is the “Jigoku Meguri”, otherwise known as the “Hell Tour.”
The eight hells of Beppu are natural hot spring sites, and each one has been converted into a stand-alone attraction. Six of the hells are situated on the same site, so can be reached easily on foot. The other two are next door to each other, a few minutes’ drive away. If you’re not driving there are also regular sightseeing buses you can ride which travel between the two sites. Although the tours are conducted in Japanese, there is good English signage throughout along with English language printed guides.
The entrance fee to visit all eight hells is 2100 yen per person. I think it’s quite fun to visit them all and collect the souvenir stamps from each of them. Below is some more information about what you can expect to see at each spot!
Source: Tokyo Cheapo
Tokyo events for Monday, July 15 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
Marine Day Lantern Festival in OdaibaDates:15th Jul, 2019
Kawasaki Daishi Fuurin-Ichi
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