Kyoto: Shrines & Temples… Part 2…

One of the most celebrated temples in Japan and a popular spot with tourists of all nationalities is Kiyomizudera Temple perched high on the hill side overlooking the city! The temple is one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow residential streets. The temple was built […]

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Kyoto: Shrines & Temples

If there’s one thing Japan has in abundance – as well as Sushi, Sake and Karaoke – is shrines, temples and pagodas and Kyoto has some of the best examples in Japan! Japan is a country of tradition, culture and history and although most Japanese don’t identify with a single religion – rather incorporate elements […]

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Kyoto… Part 3…

As well as it’s history and architecture Kyoto (and Japan in general) is a great place to spot wildlife! During our time in Japan we’ve seen herons, cranes, turtles, frogs, lizards and lots and lots of koi carp! As a break from the temples and shrines we decided to walk the Philosophers Path (Tetsugaku no […]

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Kyoto… Part 2…

After a couple of days exploring and visiting some of the stunning temples & shrines (post to follow) we headed off to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – a 30-40 minute walk from the Utano YHA. The bamboo forest is located near the Ōi River and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow streets lined with […]

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Kyoto

After a 4 night stay in the beautiful Nara we headed to our next destination, Kyoto! Kyoto is a large city with a population of 1.5 million and is known predominantly for it’s temples & shrines (post to follow). Despite booking our accommodation in advance it was really difficult finding hostels that could accommodate us […]

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