Eikando Temple in the Fall via Norio NAKAYAMA on flickr

Best Places to See Autumn Colors in Kyoto

Temples are some of the best places to see autumn colors in Kyoto.

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November 7, 2014 by
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Geisha in Kyoto via Shadowgate on Flickr

Understanding Kyoto’s Geisha Culture

If you plan to visit Kyoto and hope to see or interact with a geisha, here are a few tips for understanding Kyoto’s geisha culture

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October 10, 2014 by
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Kyoto’s Ghost Train

Kyoto train via kimubert on Flickr

Kyoto’s Ghost Train brings to life characters from famous Japanese folk lore.

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September 12, 2014 by
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5 Reasons Kyoto Is One of the Most Livable Cities in the World

The stunning natural beauty of Kyoto via Takashi Hososhima on Flickr

Kyoto ranks as one of the best places to live in the world. The city’s awe-inspiring history juxtaposes modern amenities in a way that makes visitors want to stay forever.

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August 15, 2014 by
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What to Eat in Kyoto: Shabushabu

shabushabu

Shabushabu isn’t just fun to say, it’s also only one of Japan’s most delicious styles of cuisine. Originating in the 13th century, Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, needed an efficient and energizing way to feed his army. This is how the idea of eating thin slices of beef, cooked in mere seconds in a boiling pot, came to fruition. Not only was the dish filling, satisfying and healthy, but it helped to converse the Mongol army’s limited fuel supply by allowing lots of food to be cooked at once and in a very short amount of time.

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August 1, 2014 by
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Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu Dera Temple

Kyoto is full of heritage sites, including ancient temples with the iconic Japanese temple architecture one can’t help but picture when envisioning Japan. No visit to the city would be complete without spending time exploring these institutions, most of which are constructed within forests and parks for a peaceful experience. One such temple is the Kiyomizu-dera Temple , a worthwhile addition to any Kyoto itinerary.

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July 25, 2014 by
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The Pontocho Nightlife District in Kyoto

Geisha walks through Pontocho in Kyoto via conveyor belt sushi on flickr

The narrow alleyway that is the Pontocho nightlife district in Kyoto comes alive once the sun goes down. Lights from the many tea and Geisha houses flood the alley with warmth. The smell of grilled chicken (yakitori) wafts down the street towards the water. In the warmer months, tables dot the Kamogawa River with patrons ordering sake and beer, while looking out over the water, shimmering in the moonlight.

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July 18, 2014 by
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Kyoto on a Budget

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the many free attractions in Kyoto via DavideGorla on Flickr

Kyoto can be reasonably priced if you know how to get around and what attractions to see, where to stay, and what to eat.

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June 20, 2014 by
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Off the Beaten Path Temples and Shrines in Kyoto

Yasui Konpiragu shrine in Kyoto via Mark Yang on Flickr

Here are some of the best off the beaten path temples and shrines in Kyoto.

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May 23, 2014 by
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The Shrine Gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the many free attractions in Kyoto via DavideGorla on Flickr

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan’s most unique attractions.

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April 25, 2014 by
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