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.… Continue reading Japan 2017: Kofokuji Temple, Nara


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: 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… Continue reading Japan 2017: Kyoto Tower, Kyoto

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… Continue reading Japan 2017: Maruyama Park + Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto