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Eikandō Zenrinji Temple Review & Tips

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

Eikandō Zenrin-ji is a sprawling Buddhist temple located at the base of the northern edge of the Higashiyama mountain range in Kyoto, Japan. This post offers our thoughts on whether Eikando is worth a visit, and if so, how to incorporate it into your tour of Kyoto. Along the way, we also offer photos of Eikandō […]

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Hanami Party at Himeji Castle!

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  21 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you combined a frat party and a beloved world heritage site? I’m guessing no, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a blast at Himeji Castle’s cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) held each year during sakura season. In this post, we’ll offer some hanami at […]

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1-Day Kyoto Cherry Blossom Walking Itinerary

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Itineraries & Tours  •  4 Comments

During sakura season, Kyoto is bursting with cherry blossoms in full bloom, and wherever you go, you’re going to see them. However, there are a few points of interest, including free walks and nighttime illuminations, that we strongly recommend seeing during a day in Kyoto. In fact, on our trip to Japan during cherry blossom […]

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Cherry Blossom Night Lighting at Kiyomizudera Temple

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

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  •  6 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  •  5 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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