Japan

1-Day Osaka, Japan Highlights Itinerary

Our 1-day Osaka, Japan itinerary offers a step-by-step touring plan for visiting Dotonbori (and eating!), Osaka Castle, and other highlights. We cover the must-see museums and other points of interest, all of which are easily accessible via walking and Osaka’s public transportation. If you’re looking for an Osaka itinerary that offers as many experiences as […]

3-Day Kyoto, Japan Fall Colors Itinerary

Our 3-day Kyoto autumn itinerary offers an efficient, step-by-step touring plan that features the best fall foliage spots in all of Japan. You’ll see the Kyoto’s koyo highlights, including free temples & shrines, gardens, and nighttime illuminations. It’s a great plan of attack for seeing as much as possible while also having time to savor […]

Best Japan Railway & Train Museum Rankings

Japan has a lot of museums devoted to railways and transportation, and we’ve visited the best of these near Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto. During our two-month stay in Japan last year (documented in our Brickers’ Fall & Winter Japan Trip Report), we used the trains countless times and took several Shinkansen rides courtesy of our […]

November 2018 in Kyoto, Japan

November features Kyoto’s peak fall colors, plus a full calendar of special events, nighttime illuminations, and a few festivals at temples and shrines. Despite the heavy crowds, it’s an excellent month to visit Japan, and you’ll have too many choices for seasonal things to do during a November trip to Kyoto. In this post, we’ll offer a […]

2-Day Kyoto, Japan Fall Colors Itinerary

If you have two days to spend in Kyoto during autumn foliage season, our step-by-step itinerary guides you through the best fall colors temples & shrines in Arashiyama, Higashiyama, and more in an efficient manner to avoid the crowds as much as possible, and maximize your time in Japan’s most beautiful city for fall colors. […]

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Info: Kyoto, Japan Tips

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. The free shrine is a popular place to visit during spring for its plum trees and fall for its autumn foliage, as well as during its monthly flea market. In this post, we’ll share photos from our experiences here, tips for visiting, whether it’s worth your […]

Tips & Things to Do in Fall at Mount Fuji

If you want to see Japan’s famous fall colors, the Fuji Five Lakes region is an excellent destination. Here, you’ll not only get some of the best autumn foliage from late October through early December, but you’ll also have photogenic scenes with vibrant momiji in the foreground and Mount Fuji in the background. In this […]

1-Day Kyoto, Japan Fall Colors Itinerary

Our 1-day itinerary for fall colors season in Kyoto routes an efficient and mostly walkable path through some of the very best autumn foliage spots in all of Japan. You’ll see the koyo highlights of Kyoto, including free temples & shrines, gardens, and a handful of nighttime illuminations by following this touring plan. If you’re […]

Fall Colors at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

When it comes to fall colors, Fushimi Inari Taisha doesn’t make a lot of ‘best of’ lists for shrines & temples to visit in Kyoto, Japan during the autumn. This is really unfortunate, as I’d argue that it can be one of the better spots for fall foliage in Kyoto. I understand why Fushimi Inari is conspicuously […]

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Review, Info & Tips

Osaka Kaiyukan is the world’s largest aquarium and a Japan must-do. In this post, we’ll review the aquarium, offer some basic info about why it belongs on your itinerary, and share photos of its marine life & displays. Marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of […]