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Things to do in Kyoto: Ohara 大原

Ohara 大原 is a rural town in the mountains of northern Kyoto, about 20 km or one hour from Kyoto Station. Ohara is best known for Sanzen-in Temple and is one of the most popular places to visit in mid November -...
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Things to do in Kyoto: 舞妓 Maiko Transformation

I love Kyoto and I love the world of geishas and maikos. Maiko 舞妓 and geiko/geisha 芸子/芸者 are female performing artists working in Gion area whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classica...
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Places to visit in Japan: Uji City 宇治市

Uji 宇治市 is a small city between Kyoto and Nara in Japan. I went there a few days back as I had heard a lot of good things about temples in Uji. It is also famous for its green tea known for its superior quality...
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Nanzen-ji Temple 南禅寺 , Kyoto 京都 in Autumn

Don't get me wrong...I have nothing against hanami ( cherry blossom ) in Japan, but I feel that it is slightly overrated!! I mean the flowers are pretty no doubt, but sitting under a tree with a picnic basket j...
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ASOS

My bag from Asos made a debut on Sunday when we went to see the famous Kinkokuji temple in Kyoto. Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in the middle of a beautiful pond and it's top two floors are c...
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Things to do in Kyoto : Gion

Last week we went to Gion district in Kyoto for the third time (as the first two times it started raining) in the hope of accidently bumping into a geisha or being served by a maiko. Gion (祇園) is Kyoto's most f...