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Kyoto for six months now and, as anyone who has lived in a tourist destination for long can tell you, famous sightseeing areas quickly become less and less interesting. Sure, the temple of the Golden Pavilion is breathtakingly beautiful. But after you’ve strolled around the...
If you only have a short amount of time to visitRead more
Kyoto then you will undoubtedly leave promising to come back and experience everything that you missed out on. There’s a lot to get through! If you need a step in the right direction, here’s our guide to 24 hours...
The life of a Geisha is mysterious and compelling. When you spot them quickly shuffling to the next tea-house, some carrying an instrument, you feel a sense of awe. Some women want to experience a day in the life of a Geiko (what Geishas refer to themselves as, and how...Read more
When it comes to Japan, many people think of Tokyo as the ultra-modern capital andRead more
Kyoto as the ancient one full of all things traditional. But what many people don’t know is that behind Tokyo’s tall buildings and neon lights are little pockets of former times living on despite their...
Osaka was my first stop in Japan, and it quickly became clear what this place is famous for. Food. And my, was it glorious. I was constantly stimulated by the sights and smells of unrecognisable treats, my eyes and nose darting in different directions, not only in restaurants and supermarkets...Read more
There are some basic rules that follow travellers around wherever they go: watch out for pickpockets in tourist zones; negotiate a taxi rate before you get in the cab; when in doubt, don’t drink the water. But then there are some specific rules for each country, and even each city....Read more
The lift doors open and I step into a Bill Murray movie. The elevator’s halogen glare becomes the soft ripple of candlelight. A barman in a black vest and bowtie is mixing cocktails with the precision and concentration of a brain surgeon. There’s the murmur of conversation. A freaking grand...Read more
Japan always does things a little differently and Christmas is no exception! Likely one of the world’s quirkiest holiday traditions takes place on December 24th in cities across Japan fromRead more
Kyoto to Tokyo when people line up for their holiday feast of…KFC! That’s right, the traditional meal for Christmas Eve...
Don’t get us wrong, being home for the holidays can be awesome. We love the family, the food, the friends, the food… more of the food. But what we don’t love? The crowds at the mall, the stress of finding the “perfect” New Year’s Eve bash, the anxiety of trying to...Read more
Kyoto? Is that you? Nope! Philadelphia Urban Adventures transported us to Japan with their snap of this hidden gem in Philly! Shofuso Japanese House and Garden recalls 17th century Japan with traditional architecture, manicured gardens, and cultural events. Located on the site of the Centennial International Exposition of 1876, this...