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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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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Know Your Travel ABCs

I’ve been travelling for 19 out of 20 years of my life, usually internationally, and these are some of the biggest tips or life hacks that I live by while abroad.
I have travelled and studied abroad countless times in the past, not just to Japan where I am now, and I’ve used most of these around the world.
Regardless of where you study or are currently living in, you’re going to be doing a lot of wandering around and hopefully these may come in handy for you as they have me.
Here’s my list, from A-Z!

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