In an ancient city with more than 2,000 temples and shrines, how can you decide which of Kyoto Japan’s Shinto and Buddhist sights you should visit? The neighborhoods surrounding Kyoto is where you’ll find the 7 Must-See Shrines and Temples in Kyoto surrounded by peaceful, spiritual oases of natural scenery. Preparing for a visit to one of Kyoto’s shrines and temples can be intimidating but this guide details everything you need to know about shrines and temples in Kyoto, Japan.
Japan is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies, but for many people, their understanding of Japanese cuisine is limited to two dishes – ramen and sushi. However Japanese cuisine is diverse and regional with a lot more diverse dishes to choose from around Japan. I was surprised to learn about countless Japanese dishes that are not widely available in the US. There were a lot of things I had never tasted before! Here are my 10 favorite foods I ate while traveling in Japan – and why you should try them too!
On my recent visit to Japan, I had the opportunity to relax and unwind in the traditional Japanese way — at an onsen. Onsens are communal Japanese baths and hot springs which are an integral part of Japanese culture. There are some definite onsen etiquette tips that you need to know before visiting a Japanese onsen for the first time.
Ryokans are a traditional Japanese hotel typically found in the mountains of Japan. Staying at a ryokan gives travelers a taste of traditional Japanese life and an intimate connection with nature, while having a unique cultural experience. This is a first timer’s guide to everything you need to know about staying in a Japanese ryokan.