Shopping Guide to Kyoto

Shopping Guide to Kyoto

Kyoto, one of Japan's largest and most significant cities is famous not only for its touristic sights (amazing temples, Geisha districts, parks, museums, restaurants etc), but for its shopping areas as well. The unique style of Kyoto combines the aspects of a modern city with the traditional characteristics of an old Japanese city. In connection with the shopping places, you will find here hundreds of modern shops, malls, supermarkets etc, but on the other hand several shops, celebrating ... [ read more ]

Most Beautiful Japanese Gardens in Kyoto

Most Beautiful Japanese Gardens in Kyoto

Kyoto is undoubtedly the most traditional Japanese city. It was the capital of the country for more than a millennium, so it is not surprising that Kyoto had preserved several traditions of Japanese culture. It is a very significant city from the point of view of history as well as from cultural and touristic perspectives: Kyoto is visited by millions of people every year. The 2400 temples, the 4 major geisha districts, the 70 Japanese gardens and several other touristic sights contribute... [ read more ]

Best Traditional Japanese Restaurants in Kyoto

Best Traditional Japanese Restaurants in Kyoto

Kyoto is definitely the most traditionalist city of Japan. The beautiful temples, the popular Japanese gardens and the unique Geisha districts are all between the most visited sights of the city. Millions of tourists visit Kyoto every year, and it looks like they don't do it without a purpose. Kyoto has more than 2000 restaurants, including luxurious five-star restaurants, Sushi places, French or Western cuisines, vegetarian, Michelin-ranked restaurants, but cheap fast-foods as well. Thi... [ read more ]

Must-see Geisha Districts in Kyoto

Must-see Geisha Districts in Kyoto

Kyoto is considered the most traditional Japanese city. As the former capital of Japan, it played an important role in the country's history. With a population of more than 1.5 million inhabitants, it is still a significant city. Nowadays, besides Kanagawa and Tokyo, it is one of the most important cities with a geisha population. Gion is clearly the most popular geisha district in Kyoto, but it is important to mention the other districts too. Other hanamachi, like Pontocho, Kamishichiken... [ read more ]

Getting Around in Kyoto

Getting Around in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most crowded cities of Japan. It has more than 1.5 million inhabitants and hundreds of tourists visit the city every day. Not all these tourists know the whereabouts of the city's sights and important places. Lots of English-language signs are placed all around the city to help foreigners reach their destinations. The central area of Kyoto has the most interesting sights of the city, but the other districts also have dozens of tourist attractions. This article will p... [ read more ]

The best traditional inns in Japan

The best traditional inns in Japan

Traditional Japanese inns, called ryokans, first appeared over four centuries ago, in the Edo period, when weary travelers on the highways needed bed and food for the night. Nowadays, stopping at a ryokan is not just a necessity on a long trip, it is a pleasure. People come to stay at ryokans simply to enjoy traditional Japanese hospitality and food. The greatest charm of ryokans is their traditional architecture: the rooms have sliding doors, the floors are covered in tatami mats, communal ... [ read more ]

The weirdest attractions in Japan

The weirdest attractions in Japan

Japan is a wonderful country with fascinating culture and history, where you can see works of art and monuments at practically every corner, if you know where to look. It's not difficult to single out the most popular attractions in Japan, although there are many of them. But if you've had your fill of exquisite temples, glamorous shopping centers, parks and nature, then maybe it's time to look at another side of Japan - one that is funny, irreverent and not afraid to step into bizarre terri... [ read more ]

The most beautiful castles in Japan

The most beautiful castles in Japan

Feudal Japan was definitely not the coziest, nicest place to live for most of the population, but if you happened to be a powerful feudal lord, then you lived in glory and luxury, even if you often didn't live long. As for the rest of the people, they could console themselves with the magnificent displays of wealth of the their social superiors. Japanese castles, many of which date back to the Middle Ages, are the pinnacle of Japanese architecture, style and taste. Most of them have luckily ... [ read more ]