Japan 2017: Nikko

On a quest to fully maximize our JR pass, we decided to visit Nikko. Nikko is a city two hours by train north of Tokyo. It is where the famous Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage, can be found. It is also the best place to see some fall foliage in early October. Our expectations… Continue reading Japan 2017: Nikko

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Japan 2017: Mt. Wakakusayama + Kasuga-Taisha, Nara

After seeing Nigatsu-do Hall, we planned on seeing Kasuga-Taisha next. Along the way, we got to see Mount Wakakusayama. It is a grass-covered mountain located behind Nara Park. We decided not to climb up the mountain but rather just enjoy it from afar. Mount Wakakusayama Kasuga-Taisha After walking for what seemed like forever, we finally… Continue reading Japan 2017: Mt. Wakakusayama + Kasuga-Taisha, Nara

Japan 2017: Yoshikien + Isuien Garden, Nara

Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan. There are a total of eight temples, shrines, and ruins in Nara that are collectively known as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. Out of the eight, we picked three temples to visit along with a visit to Isuien Garden.… Continue reading Japan 2017: Yoshikien + Isuien Garden, Nara

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.… Continue reading Japan 2017: Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto