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Nijo Castle Must Visit World Heritage Site Kyoto – Part VI

NIJO Castle - Kyoto World Heritage Site Kyoto residence of Japan's top general in the Shogun era Built using double protective layers and a "singing" floor design to alert in case of intrusion World heritage site 20 minutes by train + 1 minute walk from Kyoto main Railway Station For Kyomizudera see Kyomizudera In Kyoto Part…

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Autumn in Kyoto – Part V Fushimi Inari the Shrine of Hollywood Fame

  Fushimi Inari 15 minutes by JR NARA line from Kyoto Shrine of Hollywood fame Series of red Torii or wooden gates are its main attraction For Kyomizudera see Kyomizudera In Kyoto Part I Kinkakuji see  Kinkakuji In Kyoto Part II Ginkakuji see  Ginkakuji In Kyoto Part III Tofukuji see  Tofukuji In Kyoto Part IV From…

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Celebrating Spring cherry blossoms in Japan

Celebrating Spring cherry blossoms in Japan Petals fall. Float on the water beneath. A pink tinge covers the blue sky reflecting on the water. The pink cover shimmers, in the gentle breeze. It is spring, season of Sakura, the cherry blossom in Japan. As the winter bids farewell, the blossoms usher in spring. Starting from…

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About winter weather and winter festivities in Japan

Winter Weather How is winter in Japan? Mild pleasant, to bitter cold, answers can vary depending on whom you are asking. Even though it is not the longest or the widest of land mass known to humans, the weather varies widely. Hokkaido island in the North is cold, very cold, neighbor to Siberia. Okinawa island in…

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Autumn in Kyoto – Part III

Continued from before... for Kiyomizudera see Autumn in Kyoto Part I for Kinkakuji see Autumn in Kyoto - Part II Ginkakuji After Kinkakuji next destination was Ginkakuji. We wandered back to the bus stop, world heritage sign pointing backwards. Time for a quick time check. Finished lunch at the 1st floor small but cosy glass covered family run…

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Autumn in Kyoto – PART II

Continued from http://www.couchflyer.com/autumn-in-kyoto-part-i/ Kinkakuji Next morning we started early. Our destination - Kinkakuji, in the north west of the city. Subway seemed to be the faster option. From Subway Kitaoji station, it's a short bus or taxi ride. We were excited. Kinkakuji is said to be the living representation of the Japan seen in calendars and travel magazines. Established by…

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Japanese food and drinks

Japan's food and drinks are as much an experience as is Akihabara's  Otaku or Kyoto's zen. Washoku Washoku in Japanese means true Japanese food. Talk about washoku, and you will have your Japanese friend turn nostalgic. Traditionally the main Japanese food is rice or noodles with toppings. Japanese rice is usually small grained and sticky, easy to grapple…

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