Japan 2017: Kyoto Tower, Kyoto

Seeing Kyoto Tower wasn't part of our itinerary. In fact, we didn't even bother looking it up online. But when we alighted our bus at Kyoto Station, we were surprised that Kyoto Tower was right behind us. Japan Guide tells us that the tower was completed in 1964, the same year as the opening of the Shinkansen and…

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Japan 2017: Maruyama Park + Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto

The last place on our itinerary was the Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine. These two sights are just beside each other and can be visited together. Maruyama Park is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in spring. They have this famous weeping tree that looks beautiful in spring and creepy in fall…

Japan 2017: Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto

By this point of the Kyoto tour, our legs were already turning jello. We walked all the way from Kiyomizu-dera to get to Kodai-ji Temple and we were just about ready to call it quits.  To be completely honest, Kodai-ji Temple is one of the sights that we decided to visit because it was on the…

Japan 2017: Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. -Japan Guide This temple is most famous for the wooden stage along its main hall.…