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Kyoto, a pink wonderland of cherry blossoms, is full of places you have to have on your bucket list

It’s almost time for cherry blossoms again! The cherry blossom season is the time when Kyoto is at its busiest because everyone wants to see the beautiful cherry blossoms of this ancient city. No matter whether you’re coming alone, with friends, with your family, or if you’re in retirement, this article will offer something for you and your cherry blossom itinerary! I have chosen some great cherry blossom spots and restaurants for you to enjoy in Kyoto, and although the cherry blossom season is very short, I’m sure that with these tips you can enjoy it to the fullest and make some great spring memories in Kyoto! So, come with me, Vanessa, and find out which are the best cherry blossom spots in Kyoto!
Season Mar. 15, 2018

The shrines and temples of Kyoto and their traditional Japanese sweets!

There are many shrines and temples in Kyoto, many of them World Heritage Sites, so a huge number of tourists visit them every year. But did you know that some of these places of worship have their own Japanese sweet they’re famous for? In Japanese, these treats are called “Sweets sold in front of the temple gates,” which as you can probably guess, is where most of the places selling these sweets are located. These sweets are great to have when at the temple, or you can eat them later at your hotel. In this article, we take a look at what kinds of shrine-sweets you can have in Kyoto, and what they have to do with the shrine! So come with Vanessa and find out which are the best shrine-sweets in Kyoto!
Culture Feb. 08, 2018

Winter in Kyoto is cold but actually great for sightseeing!

January and February are the coldest months in Kyoto, and you can even get to see snow here. But if you wear the right clothes, this period is great for sightseeing. If you want to know what to wear in January and February in Kyoto, and what to eat, look no further! We’re also going to say cheers with a glass of hot sake!
Season Jan. 11, 2018

Romantic and happy winter in Kyoto!

After the autumn leaves season ends, and the calendar turns to December, it’s time in Kyoto to really start the winter preparations. In Kyoto, this means that the atmosphere turns a little bit more western from the traditional, and there are even Christmas light shows for you to see. But the most important thing has to be Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations. So come and join Vanessa on her journey to find out the most romantic restaurants and illumination events in Kyoto! It’s time to hold hands and go into the winter night of Kyoto!
Season Dec. 14, 2017

Time to change to a kimono and go for a walk in Gion!

Among the sightseeing spots of Kyoto, one of the most popular ones is Gion. But do you know why Gion is known as the geisha district of Kyoto? And what is the difference between maiko and geisha, or geiko as they are called in Kyoto? We are going to find out, and on the way we are also going to rent a kimono, go to the shrines and temples of Gion, and finish with some fine dining establishments with Michelin stars. So, it is time to start our trip to the traditional hanamachi of Gion!
Area Nov. 09, 2017

Exploring Kyoto in autumn!

Autumn is fast closing in on Kyoto, and soon the leaves of the maple trees will turn into vivid shades of red and yellow. In this article, you get to read about three wonderful itineraries for viewing autumn leaves in Kyoto, and in part four you even get to know about autumn leaves night illumination events that take place here in the old capital of Japan.
Season Oct. 12, 2017

Perfect guide for autumn leaves in Kyoto

Autumn in Kyoto means autumn leaves. The historic temples of this ancient capital are surrounded by red and yellow leaves, and in this article you can find out which of the temples are the best during the autumn leaves season in Kyoto. I have for you four parts, each divided by how far the temples are and into classics and places off the beaten path.
Season Sep. 14, 2017

Ultimate Arashiyama guide for beginners

Arashiyama is one of the most famous sightseeing areas in Kyoto. The mountains and the Bamboo Grove, the temples and shrines… there is a lot to see, and it may be hard to decide where to go to. Here you have a classic half-day itinerary for Arashiyama plus some places for those who are feeling more adventurous!
Area Aug. 10, 2017

The perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day!

The best summer sweets in Kyoto have to be kakigori, also known as shaved ice, and parfaits. There is nothing better than a cold dessert on a hot summer's day.
Season Jul. 13, 2017

The first day of summer in Kyoto

After the cherry blossom season, just when the hot summer is beginning, many people may think of this period as just a time when Kyoto is sleeping and waiting for the jubilant events of Gion Matsuri and Gozan no Okuribi. Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and because of this the summers are extremely hot and humid; so much so that you may be tempted to just stay in air-conditioned cafes and restaurants. But after the cherry blossoms, it is time for spring greenery in Kyoto, and there are many fun events and places where you can enjoy the green leaves! The grand play of nature you get to see at Kifune Shrine and Kurama Temple; the maple leaves almost shining in vivid shades of green; the cute hydrangea flowers you get to see during Japan’s rainy season, “tsuyu;” the beer gardens sure to be make you refreshed… In the four parts of this article, you can find out about the best ways to spend your summer in Kyoto. I hope this article can be of help to you when you come to Kyoto in summer!
Season Jun. 08, 2017

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