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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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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6 Must Things You Need to Try at an Onsen! Kick Back and Relax the Fun Way!

The weather is finally starting to cool down in Japan. What better way to enjoy the Autumn and Winter weather than with a nice, relaxing onsen visit!

Many foreigners coming to Japan think that Japanese hot springs are only good for taking a hot bath; however, they offer so much more than just the traditional dip in the spring. Hot springs provide guests with many activities to enjoy while visiting. Check out some of the things that you can do during your next trip to the hot springs!

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Gion Matsuri – Kyoto’s Biggest Festival (Part II: Events)

You’ve learned the history of the Gion Festival, so now it is time to put that knowledge to use! The Gion Festival is a very long one, lasting one whole month, so it gets difficult to keep track of all the different events taking place. Even though the main attractions of the Gion festival are the “Yama-boko-Junkou” on July 17th and the “Ato Matsuri” on July 24th, various festivities and functions are held throughout the month. Check out what is going on each day below and find which events interest you the most!

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Kyoto’s Gion Festival Part 1: History

If you make it down to Japan’s old capital of Kyoto in July, you are bound to be drawn into the festivities all around throughout the month for the grand festival of Gion. If you thought Kyoto’s Aoi Festival was a long and outstanding event, then wait till you have seen how the entire city goes all out for the entire month, regardless of how hot or rainy it might get, in order to celebrate the Gion Festival! Gion Festival is considered to be one of the three grand festivals of Japan, along-side the Tenjin Festival in Osaka and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo.

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