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When to Visit Kyoto, Japan

When to visit Kyoto to avoid crowds, experience the best seasons, and enjoy the top festivals is a common question for first-timers to Japan. There is no single worst or best time to visit, and when you should travel to Kyoto depends in large part on your priorities. In this guide, we’ll narrow down your […]

1-Day Santa Monica & Venice Beach Itinerary

If you’re visiting California and want to visit the best beach cities near Los Angeles, this 1-day itinerary for a morning in Venice and afternoon and evening in Santa Monica will help you have a great day. This step-by-step Southern California touring plan is almost entirely walkable, with and will allow you to have a […]

Yosemite Firefall Photography & Viewing Tips

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon visible for about 3 weeks each year in February. This post offers tips based upon my experiences, plus updates on the 2019 government shutdown, recent California weather patterns, and how both could effect the Firefall. (Last updated January 9, 2019.) First, the update. Despite […]

Top 100 Temples & Shrines in Kyoto, Japan

With over 1,600 temples and shrines, Kyoto is unquestionably the spiritual capital of Japan. This list of Kyoto’s 100 best temples and shrines is narrowed down from the 200+ that we’ve visited during our months in the city. From Kiyomizudera to Golden Pavilion to Fushimi Inari, Kyoto is home to some of the best places […]

Ultimate Los Angeles City Guide

Our Los Angeles city guide offers tips to plan a Southern California vacation, including best things to do, transportation info, where to eat in L.A., hotel suggestions, and more. Los Angeles is one of our favorite cities in the world, and we’ll provide you insider tips to experience both the touristy highlights and hidden gems. […]

1-Day to 1-Week Kyoto, Japan Itineraries

Our step-by-step Kyoto, Japan itineraries offer single and multi-day plans for Arashiyama, Higashiyama, and cover everything from the best-of temples & shrines like Golden Pavilion and Fushimi Inari to hidden gems you’ve never heard of. These Kyoto touring plans provide tips for what to do, where to eat, districts to see, and the most efficient […]

Ultimate Tokyo, Japan City Guide

Our Tokyo, Japan travel guide offers info & tips, things to do, transportation info, where to eat, best hotels, avoiding crowds, itineraries for the city, and more. Whether you’re visiting this year or planning for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, we’ve got you covered! (Last updated January 2, 2019.) Tokyo can be an intimidating place […]

Ultimate 2019 Kyoto, Japan Planning Guide

Our Kyoto, Japan guide offers planning tips & tricks, hotel recommendations, best temples & shrines, transportation hacks, where to eat, crowd info, and more. Before we get to the basics of planning, we’ll share some updates, and why we love Kyoto so much. (Last updated January 1, 2019.) If you’re already in Kyoto and are scrambling […]

1-Day “Best of” Kyoto, Japan Itinerary

Our 1-day Kyoto, Japan itinerary is an efficient step-by-step plan of attack for visiting the best of the city’s temples and shrines, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s a jam-packed day that crisscrosses Kyoto, and will take you to some of the city’s top temples and, by extension, the best of Japan. Before we […]

Kyoto, Japan Fall Trip Report – Part 1

It’s almost the heart of fall colors season in Japan, which follows our recent two-week stay in Kyoto. In this trip report, we’ll share thoughts on our experiences, the crush of crowds, and various other perspectives on Kyoto. I’ll also scatter random (and not-so-random) photos throughout, as I took thousands of them and know I won’t […]