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March 24 (Tue) Kansai Airport – Kyoto After 10 hours of long flight, we were held back for another 100 minutes at the immigration!!  It is the beginning of spring break and cherry blossom season, there were so many Asian visitors. We checked in New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto about 10:30pm.   March 25 (Wed) Kyoto Our English speeking guide, Ms. Toshie Mimura, met us at the hotel and we started a day with hands-on experience....

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An interesting part of Japanese culture, capsule hotels have become a fashionable accommodation option for many visitors to Japan. The experience of staying in a capsule hotel is intriguing. For a reasonable price, customers are given a very small room in which standing is usually impossible. (However, those who fear small spaces need not worry; capsules are more roomy than they let on.) Staying in one is an economical and convenient...

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Since it is located near Kyoto and Nara, former capitals of Japan before Tokyo, Arima onsen had long been loved by the Imperial family, nobility and cultured people. From the description in the 8th century, down to the reference in the ‘Pillow Book’ written by ‘Sei Shonagon’ in the 11th century, then ‘Toyotomi Hideyoshi’, the de facto ruler of the day, frequented here in the 16th century to develop...

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  With the cool breeze and freshness of autumn comes the desire for a more filling diet and the natural sweetness that can be found in the heartier fruits and vegetables of the season. Unlike in western countries, when the start of the school year marks a fresh beginning, in Japan, autumn is more solemn and calming. As the leaves begin to change color and fall, people enjoy outing in fresh air including hiking and fall...

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Kyoto is a city steeped with culture and history. This previous capital city is known for its shrines and temples as there is almost one on ever corner, and 17 of them are registered UNESCO Heritage Sites. The city is located a short distance from three of Japan’s other interesting tourist cities: Osaka, Nara and Kobe. Despite having so much to offer, most people choose to spend a majority of their time in Tokyo and leave only a...

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Many people visit Kyoto to get a feel for historical Japan. Filled with temples and teahouses, Kyoto is indeed a great city for exposing yourself to Japanese culture and history. In the middle of it all lays Kyoto’s famous castle, Nijo-jo. Because of its prime location in the center of the city, Nijo-jo is often frequented by visitors and is easy to get to using public transportation. It’s near Kyoto Station, although from there many...

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