Yurakucho station is one stop south of Tokyo Station along the JR Yamanote Line. It is also next to the glitzy Ginza district with all its high class shops, restaurants and entertainment. Yurakucho is, for me anyway, a bit more down to earth, old fashioned and relaxed – and a lot cheaper to eat.. One of the big… Read More Yurakucho “Yakitori Alley”
Kiyomizu-dera (The temple of clear water) is a historic temple that was established in 778, prior to Kyoto becoming the capital of Japan. Like so many buildings in Japan it has burnt down and been rebuilt many times in its history. The majority of the current buildings were rebuilt by the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu during… Read More Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
Fushimi Inari is an important Shinto shrine, south of Kyoto, Japan. It is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The shrine is at the bottom of Inari mountain and includes amazing red gates (Torii) covering a trail that extends around 4 km up & down the mountain. The red Torii… Read More Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji is a beautiful Buddhist temple in Kyoto, the name translates as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. It is one of Kyoto’s historic monuments and definitely worth a visit. It dates back to 1397 when it was owned by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, when he died it was made into a Zen temple by his… Read More Kinkaku-ji, Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto
Shibuya is one of the more well known “wards” of Tokyo…The Shibuya area is a lively area of Tokyo famous for shops, Neon signs, stores like Shibuya 109, Tokyu hands and Loft Many of the fashion and fun trends in Japan have their birthplace in Shibuya. The main entry point into the area around… Read More Shibuya, Tokyo
Tochigi City, is a city in the South of Tochigi Prefecture, actually not the capital despite its name (Utsunomiya is the capital). Tochigi city is well know because it was an important town on the road between Tokyo and Nikko in the Edo period. (1600-1867) Kaido were ancient roads in the Edo period established to… Read More Tochigi City, Tochigi prefecture,.
Ashikaga flower Park is a beautiful Japanese garden in the southern part of Tochigi Prefecture that has been developed to have a number of different floral themes during the year. Wisteria are called fuji in Japanese and Ashikaga is one of the best places in Japan to see Fuji.. One large Wisteria tree is over… Read More Ashikaga Flower Garden