Japan 2017: Himeji Castle, Himeji

If I had to choose the most memorable place in all of our Japan 2017 trip, it would be this - Himeji Castle. I learned about Himeji Castle from my favorite blogger, Tricia Gosingtian. She had the most amazing photos of the castle and it was a no-brainer when choosing the places we'd visit. Himeji…

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Japan 2017: Kofokuji Temple, Nara

Our last stop for our Nara tour was Kofokuji Temple. To be completely honest, at this point of our tour, we were so tired we just wanted to go home and have a hot foot soak. It was drizzling non-stop the whole day, we almost lost our only umbrella, and we had a mini argument.…

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…

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…