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Maiko in Kyoto

July 17th, 2014 by Jeff Aasgaard

My family and I decided to head to Kyoto this past Saturday. My kids are now old enough to appreciate the beauty of this ancient city and the weather was to be clear and not too hot. I always make it a habit to look down small alleyways and to pay attention to all the small details while sightseeing. I call this “sightseeing with your…

Autumn leaves in Kyoto

December 11th, 2013 by Vincent Penez

To enjoy Autumn colors, Kyoto is one of the best place in Japan plus, it’s not far from my house. On November 23rd, a National Holiday I went around the city. As you can guess it was crowded, but because I arrived early, around 08:00 am it wasn’t so bad. Here are some pictures I took; The Pagoda beside the Kiyomizudera; I was lucky to…

Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto

August 6th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

Kodaiji, one of the greatest temple in Kyoto. It’s located up on the hill above the Gion district. It’s very quiet and always get some wind that you really enjoy during hot summer days! It was established in 1605 by the noblewoman “Nene” (Kita-no-Mandokoro) in memory of her husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). Kodaiji gives a very good representation of Japanese architecture and Zen Buddhism with…

Hot Spring in Takedao Onsen

August 6th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

Looking for a hot spring in Kansai, near Osaka? Arima Onsen is the most popular hot spring in the area, however it is not convenient to access and it can be really crowded. How about Koyokan Bettei Azale in Takedao Onsen? Koyokan Bettei Azale offers premium quality hot spring baths. This is a off the beaten tracks spot; most Japanese people living in Osaka don’t…

Visiting Kurashiki

June 7th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

Before or after Naoshima, “The Modern Art Island”, let’s step back in time and experience old Japan in Kurashiki ! Kurashiki is located in Okayama Prefecture, on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. The town was an important river port. As a result, a number of elegant warehouse-style buildings were built to store rice, which was a valuable commodity during the Edo Period (1603-1868)….

Experience Rural Kyoto

November 16th, 2011 by Jeff Aasgaard

For a true Japanese Experience, Japan Roads would like to suggest a home stay in Kameoka (rural Kyoto). This experience is included in our Rural Discovery Tour. This tour will guide you to a off-the-beaten-track part of Japan. The tour gives the opportunity to stay with a Japanese family in a traditional house. With the Rural Discovery Tour you will bring you to amazing landmarks…

Autumn in Japan

September 7th, 2011 by Jeff Aasgaard

Japanese cherry blossoms (Sakura) are a famous national celebration, and crowds from all around the world come every year to enjoy spring in Japan. But there is another natural event that worth the visit; the autumn leaves colors. Leaves turn to yellow, orange, red, purple, ruby, vermilion…giving a mystic atmosphere to some places. The Japanese summer is really hot and humid, and though Japanese enjoy…