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Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, founded in 711 AD. Read more

5 Hyperdia Alternatives for a Japan Train Travel App

To everyone’s surprise, Hyperdia discontinued its timetable and route searches on April 1, 2022. This was a complete shock because Hyperdia had been the leading Japan train travel app and website since the early 2000s. Read more

Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto

Ryoanji Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple founded in 1450. It contains one of the best examples of a dry landscape garden. Read more

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto is the site of the Golden Pavilion, formerly called Rokuonji. The top two floors are completely covered in gold foil. Read more

Japanese Green Tea: Beginner’s Guide

I love Japanese green tea! I drink it everyday when I’m in Japan. Read more

Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya

Atsuta Shrine was founded 1900 years ago in Nagoya. It is one of the most important shrines in Japan, second after the Great Shrines of Ise. Read more

Japanesepod101 for Learning Japanese

Thinking about learning a few phrases before your trip to Japan? Japanesepod101 might be just what you need! There are thousands of lessons from Absolute Beginner to Advanced levels. Read more

Arimatsu Shibori Festival

Indigo Dyeing, called shibori, is a 1300 year old cultural art that involves many techniques. Read more

Best Backpack for Japan Travel

The best backpack for Japan travel is 30 liters, or smaller, and waterproof. The style and brand are not that important. Instead, I suggest focusing on comfort and practicality.

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Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is one of only five castles in Japan designated as a national treasure. The other castles include Himeji, Matsumoto, Inuyama, and Matsue. Read more