Kyoto Welcomes Spring with Hanatouro

Kyoto is home to countless festivals and events throughout the year. Every March, the already gorgeous streets of the Higashiyama district are illuminated with lanterns and there are a series of events based around the theme of ‘flowers and lights’ that take place throughout the area.
This series of events is called Hanatouro (花灯路). The events are fairly recent, having only started in the Spring of 2003, but has since become a new tradition to welcome spring into Kyoto. Kyoto-ites have welcomed it into their normal culture and flock to the street of Higashiyama and Gion every spring to catch a glimpse of these gorgeous illuminations!

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I’ve Died and Gone to Otaku Heaven! Kyoto’s International Manga Museum

Calling all Otakus! Are you an anime and manga fan? Are you planning your next big Japan trip? There are a number of places that every otaku needs to have on their bucket-list when visiting Japan. Most of them tend to be in Tokyo, such as Akihabara or Odaiba, but there is a hidden gem in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto.

Kyoto’s International Manga Museum is a must-see for any otaku, where you can spend all day relaxing with a good manga and some delicious food. Or why don’t you try out some of the hands-on exhibitions or classes that are offered?

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