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Sharing our experiences in Kyoto to the world, from the autumn leaves to the Gion Festival.

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Heaven for drinkers! Liquor Museum in Kyoto offers a great selection of whiskey for you to get tipsy on

A great place to drink in Kyoto! Whiskey from overseas, white and red wine, all for you to enjoy while in Kyoto
Vanessa Oct. 18, 2018
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Top 10 most popular ice cream flavors in 2018 in Japan taste-tested

Ice cream is something everyone wants to try when in Kyoto. But which flavor is the best? Sharing Kyoto’s Vanessa finds out!
Vanessa Sep. 13, 2018
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Dandelion Chocolate Café & Cacao Bar: A new must-visit spot in Higashiyama district

It’s sometimes hard to find a place to rest in a tourist spot. But now we have one that serves hot chocolates, espresso drinks, iced drinks, and a full line of pastries made in-house.
Chiemi Jun. 15, 2018
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Boating in early summer in Kyoto! Half a day in Fushimi with a boat cruise on Fushimi Jikkokubune!

The summery green Kyoto unfolded in front of us from the deck of the Jikkokubune boat and the historic canals of Kyoto welcomed us into the world of sake in Fushimi.
Vanessa Jun. 14, 2018
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine: Early Summer Fresh Green Maple Trees

Odoi Maple Trees at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine now flourishes with fully green leaves. Strolling along trails by the Kamiya River calms you down with breeze of nature.
Chiemi May. 14, 2018
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Let’s go see cherry blossoms at night in Kyoto! Rokkaku-do Illumination and Ikenobo Ikebana Spring Exhibition

Rokkaku-do Temple is the birthplace of ikebana, and each year in spring they have a special illumination event with exquisite works of ikebana art on display.
Vanessa May. 02, 2018
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Spring Special Entrance to Kodai-ji Temple and Bateira-art exhibition by Baron Yoshimoto and Katsuya Terada!

The Spring Special Entrance to Kodai-ji Temple only comes once a year! And this year, we also got to see incredible artwork by two Japanese artists, who specialize in the manga style of Japanese art! This is a very special Japanese temple-experience, which only gets more romantic the later it gets in the evening!
Vanessa Apr. 18, 2018
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Cherry blossoms in Kyoto in 2018! The cherry blossoms in Kiyamachi and Gion were in full bloom!

Cherry blossoms in full bloom! Walking by Kiyamachi to Gion, we took some great sakura-pics!
Vanessa Apr. 18, 2018
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Grand Opening! Blue Bottle Coffee enters Kyoto in eye-catching machiya style!

Besides having locations in Tokyo, the well-known Blue Bottle Coffee has also opened a café in Kyoto! The Kyoto machiya townhouse-style store presents a unique aesthetic. Kyoto limited edition products await your arrival to try them out!
Vanessa Mar. 29, 2018
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Spring in full bloom! Let’s go to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine’s Baikasai plum blossom festival!

Once a year, the garden of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine turns to pink and white with plum blossoms, and tells of the coming spring in Kyoto. We also had some wagashi-sweets and oyakodon for lunch too!
Vanessa Mar. 23, 2018

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