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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Frugal Travel: Five Ways to Eat on the Cheap in Japan

Travelling to Japan can be a costly endeavour. Expensive plane tickets and overpriced Western hotel rooms can easily leave one wondering: where did all the cash go? Don’t despair just yet. Even if it is time to tighten the purse strings, you can enjoy a variety of fantastic traditional and modern Japanese foods on a budget. Read on for the top five ways to eat cheap in Japan!

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Don’t Get Stuck Without Wi-Fi in Japan’s Old Capital Kyoto

In today’s globalized world, international travel is becoming more common as travel becomes cheaper and easier. With the boost in international travel, there is a growing need for easier access to free Internet access in popular tourist destinations around the world.

Nowadays, you can find that most cities and countries offer free Wi-Fi in public areas with a large amount of tourists, such as train and bus stations and airports. You can even find numerous Wi-Fi hotspots provided by local Internet Service Providers in areas such as cafes, restaurants and shopping centres.

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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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Top 5 Autumn Illuminations: Kyoto

Japan is one of the countries that four beautiful seasons, all unique with different scenery and foods to go along with each. Personally, my favourite season in Japan is autumn because all covered leaves are absolutely stunning! There are many places in Japan to view these coloured leaves, but the old capital of Kyoto is one of the best places to go to if you want to see some gorgeous autumn foliage.

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