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”

Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free Japanese garden is nice to walk around, and the castle buildings provide plenty of photo taking opportunities. Budget travel tips Come here early, as it takes a while to explore. It’s best to take the bus here, as the subwayContinue reading “Nijo Castle”

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of the most celebrated Buddhist temples in Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is plenty to see, such as a pagoda, plus various Buddhist building and monuments.  Also, try out the wish-granting Otowa waterfall! Budget travel tips Check out the shopping street approaching Kiyomizudera. To avoid the crowds, come in the early morning/sunriseContinue reading “Kiyomizudera Temple”

Gion Geisha District

Want to see a geisha? Your best bet is to go to Gion. If you are lucky you will see one walking around gion. Even if you don’t get to see a geisha (also called geiko), Gion offers an interesting sightseeing area, full of old-style buildings, tea shops and restaurants. Budget travel tips Check outContinue reading “Gion Geisha District”

Yasaka Shrine

A large complex of well maintained, stunning shrines, pagodas and other Shinto monuments and buildings. Occasional festivals and events occur throughout the year. Budget travel tips Combine this with a walk around Gion. There are a few other shrines and a pagoda in this complex, so explore around it. How to get there From KyotoContinue reading “Yasaka Shrine”

Tokyo City Walk: East Tokyo Historical Walk

A nice route through the quiet, but traditional side of Tokyo.  This route takes you from Kiyosumi Garden and Fukugawa Edo Museum, via traditional neighborhoods, to Sumida river and the Edo-Tokyo museum. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Monzen-nakacho Station on the Oedo Line (purple Metro line)Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: East Tokyo Historical Walk”

Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an unbelievable 750 yen, internet cafes are a great way to stay a night or two in a central area.  Probably much comfier than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great ifContinue reading “Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Free Meat! Tokyo Meat Market Festival!

The Tokyo Meat Market, near Shinagawa and Sengakuji Temple is a yearly festival dedicated to meat. The best thing about this festival is all the FREE meat they give out!  Today I had Shabu Shabu pork (very soft and tender) and pork Katsu (cutlet) for the grand total of 0 yen.  Also on offer wasContinue reading “Free Meat! Tokyo Meat Market Festival!”

Top Capsule Hotels In Tokyo

Want to try out a capsule hotel while on holiday in Japan? We have some great recommendations. Also, check out our capsule hotel first experience post. Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available.  But if you are worried, just go to the capsule hotels with an English booking system. Oriental PassageContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Tokyo”