Living Like a Shogun: Kyoto’s Must-See Nijo Castle

Visiting Japan’s old capital city Kyoto leaves you with no shortage of things to do and see. There are a plethora of temples and shrines to visit, museums to go to, and countless shops to check out. However, no trip to the old capital is complete without a visit to the old Tokugawa Shogunate’s stronghold, Nijo Castle in Nakagyo-ward. Nijo-jo is a sight to behold in the middle of Kyoto’s bustling city centre, not far off from the old Imperial Residence and the lively shopping districts of Shijo Street.

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Experience the Nostaglia of Hanami

Spring has come and gone, with the cherry and plum blossoms falling and the summer heatwave moving in their place.

This doesn’t seem to stop the nostalgia of looking back at the breathtaking view of the blossoms–thinking back to a time when it was a lot cooler.

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Check out what this nostalgia of hanami is and why people from all over Japan and the world take part in the time-old tradition of Hanami. Continue reading