Kyoto

Ninnaji Temple Info, Tips & Review

Ninnaji Temple (仁和寺) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northwest Kyoto, Japan. It’s one of the few high-profile with free admission to the grounds, and it’s near popular spots in Arashiyama. In this post, I’ll share photos I took at Ninnaji, info & tips for visiting, history of the temple, and thoughts on our […]

Kurama-dera Temple Info, Tips & Review

Kurama-dera (鞍馬寺) is a mountain temple in Northern Kyoto that is one of the most beautiful places in Japan. In this post, I’ll share photos I took at Mount Kurama, info & tips for visiting Kurama-dera, and thoughts on my experience of hiking from the village of Kurama up the mountain and over to Kibune. […]

Kyoto Fall & Winter Trip Report – Part 1

As we concluded our last week in Kyoto with a forecast calling for snow, it only feels fitting that I’d finally get around to writing about our first week here for fall colors season. I guess the emphasis should’ve been on ish when I wrote that this would be a live-ish trip report. 😉 With a full month in […]

2017 Japan Fall Colors & Autumn Foliage Report

After spending the last couple of weeks roaming around Japan photographing fall colors, we’re now in Kyoto for the height of its autumn leaf viewing. In this post, we’ll share some autumn foliage forecasts for places throughout Japan, including Tokyo, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Himeji, Hikone, and Mount Fuji. After that, we’ll look at specific temples and […]

Fall Colors at Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple, particularly the valley below Tsutenkyo Bridge, is one of the best spots for fall colors in Japan. In terms of its autumn foliage, it’s not just a top spot in Kyoto (and it is), but the entirety of Japan. Perhaps even the world. In this post, we’ll cover our experiences at Tofukuji Temple, share […]

Bon Voyage!

Greetings from the Windy City! As I write this, Sarah and I are waiting to board our flight to Asia for a two month trip exploring Hong Kong and Japan (…but mostly Japan). Traveling for an extended period of time is an idea that has been percolating for a while for us. At the end […]

Kyoto Monkey Park Photos, Tips & Review

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a gathering place of Japanese Macaque monkeys in Kyoto, Japan. This post features my photos from the park, plus tips for visiting this unique location, and a review of whether it’s worth the time and money. (Last updated September 2, 2017.) This monkey park in Kyoto is extremely cheap to visit (~$5), […]

Fushimi Inari Shrine Photos & Tips

Fushimi Inari is a free shrine in Kyoto, Japan with vermilion torii gates stretching endlessly. This post details our experience hiking through over 10,000 torii gates, shares photos of the experience, and offers tips for visiting Fushimi Inari, sometimes known as the “Fox Shrine” in Kyoto. We also “review” Fushimi Inari, but there’s not a […]

Toji Temple Review & Tips

Toji Temple (東寺, Tōji) is one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is conveniently located a short walk from Kyoto Station. It’s famous for having the tallest pagoda in Japan, and that’s why most visitors are drawn to Toji. In this review, we’ll share info and our thoughts on visiting, including whether it’s worth […]

Yasaka Shrine Info & Tips

Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja) or Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. The shrine is located between Gion District and Higashiyama District, making it a spot that’s relatively easy to visit when walking between the two districts or to Kawaramachi Station. In this post, I’ll share some photos of Yasaka […]