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Chion-ji Handicraft Market Kyoto: Handmade Craft Heaven

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Love handmade goods? Have a taste for local crafts? If you’re looking to snag some unique souvenirs from Kyoto, one of the best places to hit up is the Chion-ji handicraft market at Chion-ji Temple. It’s held once every month on the...

The Kyoto Scramble: Tokyo to Okinawa Day 3

With approximately 1600 temples (Silver Pavilion etc), 400 shrines (Yasaka Shrine), 5 castles (Nijo Castle etc), and numerous other picturesque sites, Kyoto offers enough to keep sightseers occupied for weeks. If you’re on a tighter schedule, however, it’s also possible to tackle...

Beat The Heat With These Three Kawadoko River Dining Spots in Kyoto

Summers in Kyoto can get quite hot and humid. Naturally, during my recent visit, I was on the lookout for ways to beat this heat. Luckily for me, the pragmatic ancient locals had a similar motive and devised a simple way to...

Ise to Kyoto in the Cheap Seats: Tokyo to Okinawa Day 2

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After a night in the tea fields, our party rose at dawn and drove the 30 minutes from Odai to Ise. It was the beginning of cherry blossom season, and the mountains were lush with small pink flowers. It was beautiful, but...

Nature’s Air-Con: Nagashi Sōmen Flowing Noodles Kawadoko Style at Hirobun, Kibune

Wondering how to cool off in Japan’s humid summer? Perhaps you’re munching your way through a Japanese food checklist and hoping to try something new? Well, look no further than nagashi somen, or flowing noodles. This simple, refreshing summer dish is a...

Bib Gourmand Ramen at Kyoto’s Menya Inoichi Hanare

Sometimes I tell myself that a long line at a restaurant does not guarantee quality. I tell myself this because I don't like queueing but also don't like missing out on a good meal. I also believe in the power of false-hype,...

Arashiyama’s Luxury Tofu Kaiseki at Shoraian

Arashiyama is one of the most popular sightseeing areas in Kyoto. The wide, rushing Hozu river, towering bamboo, monkey park and quaint scenery are something to behold. No matter the time of year, it is bustling with tourists and school groups eager...

Matcha Pancakes at ‘A Happy Pancake’ Kyoto

Anyone in Japan (or surveying it via Instagram) knows that pancakes are it and a bit. The fluffier and more kawaii, the better. Osaka pancake purveyors Shiawase no Pancake (a Happy Pancake) opened in 2015 and have since expanded operations all over...

Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery Tours

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Whiskey. Ireland and Scotland both claim to have first created it—in fact the word roughly translates to ‘water of life’ in Gaelic. Thanks to globalisation, this dark and brooding spirit has made its way worldwide and into the hands and hearts of...

Café Hassui, Arashiyama’s Luxury Teahouse

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Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist spots with locals and visitors alike. The bamboo forest, monkey park and serene nature are among the many reasons people visit year-round. There is plenty to do here besides...

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