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Cherry Blossom Night Lighting at Kiyomizudera Temple

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  1 Comment

For sakura and fall colors seasons, Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan has special night illumination. We visited during the lighting for cherry blossom season, and thought we’d share some of our experience and tips we learned during that visit. Prior to this, we had previously ben to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in October, and we missed the fall […]

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Walking the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, Japan

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

This post offers tips for one of our absolute favorite (and free!) experiences in Kyoto: the Philosopher’s Walk. Unlike other points of interest in Japan, this one doesn’t feature a centuries-old cultural or spiritual icon. It is not a UNESCO World Site and it isn’t even marked with a clear entrance. It’s literally a path, but […]

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Silver Pavilion Review, Tips & Info

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

This post offers tips for visiting the Silver Pavilion, which is one of Kyoto’s most popular zen temples and gardens located at the edge of the Higashiyama mountains. It’s actual name is Ginkakuji, but the temple is known colloquially as the Silver Pavilion (…or Ginkaku-ji or 銀閣寺…I’m just going to refer to it as the […]

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My 10 Favorite Photos of 2014

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  13 Comments

On Disney Tourist Blog, it’s been an annual tradition at the end of the year for me to look back at my photography and select my top photos. I’ve enjoyed doing that, as it gives me the chance to share some of my favorite shots and also contemplate where I grew and failed to grow […]

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Kiyomizudera Temple Photos & Tips

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  12 Comments

Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto is one of the most popular temples in Japan. This post features my photos from the Temple, plus tips and other assorted info about it. This Temple is another of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, and ranks as probably my second favorite site in Kyoto after Fushimi Inari Shrine. It was […]

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Photos & Tips

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Travel Tips  •  4 Comments

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the top sights in Kyoto, Japan, with its dense pathway of bamboo that stretches as far as the eye can see. The Bamboo Grove is part of Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is located near the outskirts of Kyoto, just below the mountains. If you daydream of bucket-list travel locales, […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine at Night

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos, Reports  •  7 Comments

Fushimi Inari is a popular temple in Kyoto, Japan, and is one of the few places that does not close. It is especially beautiful at night, and this post covers some of my tips for a nighttime visit, plus random thoughts on late night at Fushimi Inari. One thing I really enjoy about traveling is […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine Photos & Tips

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Travel Tips  •  13 Comments

Fushimi Inari is a shrine in Kyoto, Japan with thousands of vermilion torii gates stretching as far as the eye can see. This post reviews, includes photos, and offers tips for visiting Fushimi Inari, sometimes known as the “Fox Shrine” in Kyoto. Foxes are so prominent at Fushimi Inari because Inari, the Shinto god of rice, […]

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Kyoto Monkey Park Photos, Tips & Review

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  12 Comments

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a gathering place of Japanese Macaque monkeys in Kyoto, Japan. This post features my photos from the park, plus tips and a review of whether it’s worth the time and money. This monkey park in Japan is extremely cheap to visit (~$5), so whether it’s worth it to visit Iwatayama Monkey Park […]

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Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  3 Comments

The Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto is aptly name, with its pure gold leaf finishing being its distinguishing characteristic. It’s known as Kinkaku-ji in Japan, which roughly translates to “Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” despite its official Japanese name being, Rokuon-ji, which translates to “Deer Garden Temple.” I prefer Deer Garden Temple, and although I […]

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