One of my favorite things about Japan is how easy it is to find tranquility within its urban metropolises. In Tokyo, it’s not hard to find ethereal shrines adjacent to winding highways and looming office blocks…
Thanks to Japan’s awesomely efficient railways, we were able to travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima, with a stop at Miyajima Island, within a single day (we got home just in time for dinner at Matsuontoko, too!)
We visited all of the grandest temples and shrines in Kyoto on our initial visit, but we overlooked Toji Temple: a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 700’s! Luckily, it was located within walking distance from our hotel, so we stopped by for a gander.
The Fushimi Inari Shrine is probably the most magical place we visited in Kyoto…
One of Kyoto’s super old areas, Gion, is a short walk away from Kiyomizu-dera. Gion is best known for geisha-spotting; we weren’t fortunate enough to see any, but we did appreciate the old-timey architecture.
Hey there! Since we had such a good time bringing in the New Year in Tokyo, we decided to head back to the Land of the Rising Sun to welcome the Lunar New Year, too! This time, we headed off to Kyoto: the imperial capital of Japan.
On our final morning in Tokyo, we joined the New Year’s Day masses and headed out to Asakusa to join in the hatsumode festivities at Sensoji.
Okay, I’ve saved the best for last yet again. Our favorite part of our Osaka trip wasn’t even in Osaka, but a 40 minute train ride away, in a special little place called Nara…
Hey guys! Here’s a quite belated update on our Osaka trip from a couple weeks back. As usual, I’m going to break it up into a few segments, starting with Osaka Castle and Shitenno-ji Temple.
We were looking for something new to do a few weekends ago, which can be a bit complicated and frustrating when you have to rely on public transport, but then we realized that the birthplace of the Silla Kingdom (Korea’s longest-reigning dynasty) is just a short 25 minute train ride away from Ulsan!
Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57 BC to AD 935, so it’s filled with super old stuff!
The most striking thing we noticed about Gyeongju’s landscape is the vast amount of perfectly rounded green hills: