Tokyo Love Hotel Guide

There are lots of areas to stay at or you can just walk around love hotels in Tokyo.  Before visiting one, check our Love Hotel Guide for how to get a room. Recommended Areas in Tokyo Shibuya Love Hotel Hill – The largest collection and great just to walk around. Shinjuku Kabukicho Love Hotel AreaContinue reading “Tokyo Love Hotel Guide”

Honganji Temples

The Honganji temples, consisting of Nishi Honganji (west temple) and Higashi Honganji (east temple), are large Buddist complexes walking distance from Kyoto station.  Not as beautiful as Kinkaku-ji Temple or Ginkaku-ji Temple, but nice temples to have a walk around. Budget travel tips Save some money and see the city a bit by walking from Kyoto stationContinue reading “Honganji Temples”

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower is a rather dated building that provides a view of Kyoto and its surrounding mountains.  It’s not going to blow you away, but is worth it if you have time. Budget travel tips Don’t forget to use the coupon for a little discount. Click on the tower pic and print the coupon onContinue reading “Kyoto Tower”

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple, AKA Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is something you really have to see with your own eyes.  The beautiful temple on a lake is surrounded by a quiet, peaceful garden and a real must see in Kyoto.  Also a World Heritage site. Budget travel tips Worth combining with the Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, to save onContinue reading “Kinkaku-ji Temple”

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji (Temple of Shining Mercy) is a stunning Zen Buddhist temple and a highlight of any trip to Kyoto. The traditional Japanese garden around the temple is full of interesting stone/gravel decorations and a ‘wishing stone’. Budget travel tips Combine this with a trip to Nanzen-ji temple, via the Philosopher’s Walk.  This should provide for a whole afternoon/morning’sContinue reading “Ginkaku-ji Temple”

Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!

Shakey’s is a chain of all you can eat pizza restaurants in Japan.  The menus are far from orthodox, and will feature  all sorts of crazy flavours and toppings.  Past favourites include marshmallow, strawberry and green tea flavour pizzas.  But if this doesn’t sounds too good, they also have plenty of more normal pizzas. AllContinue reading “Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!”

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves

Why pay to enter a garden when you can walk through some very Japanesy bamboo groves! The Arashiyama Bamboo Groves make a nice walk or cycle ride for people who want to experience the quiet, tranquil side of Japan. Top Tips The Arashiyama area in general makes for a nice scroll, after going through the bamboo groves.Continue reading “Arashiyama Bamboo Groves”

Philosopher’s Walk

A famous and historic Kyoto walk, from Ginkaku-ji Temple to Nanzen-ji.  A number of other smaller but interesting shrines are dotted along the path. Time: 30 minutes How to get there Start at either Ginkaku-ji Temple to Nanzen-ji, then take the route below from there. Map

Nanzen-ji Temple

Designated a Monument of Japan, because of its beauty, Nanzen-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple complex at the start/end of the famous Philosopher’s Walk. Budget travel tips Combine this with a trip to Ginkaku-ji Temple, via the Philosopher’s Walk.  This should provide for a whole afternoon/morning’s sightseeing. Most of the temples in this complex have a charge, so justContinue reading “Nanzen-ji Temple”

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a rather unique shrine complex. Hundreds of red gates take you up a mountain, giving you a great view of Kyoto at the top. Budget travel tips Make sure you walk up and explore the hundreds of red gates going up the mountain. Take the bus if you have a busContinue reading “Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine”