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Maiko in Kyoto

July 17th, 2014 by Jeff Aasgaard
Maiko in Kyoto

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…

Baby Monkeys at Korakukan Jigokudani

June 11th, 2014 by Vincent Penez
Baby Monkey and his mom

Monkeys bathing in the hot spring surrounded by snow are very funny, how about baby monkeys? Monkeys around the Jigokudani Yaen National Park give birth to cute babies during spring and when the winter comes they stay warm in the hot spring bath. To see them the best way is to stay at the Korakukan Jigokudani    

Japanese Summer Events

June 11th, 2014 by Vincent Penez
Beautiful Yukata in summer festival

Fireworks (Hanabi) In July and August, hundreds of fireworks festivals are held throughout Japan. It’s one of the few things you can enjoy for free in the country; so don’t miss it! Fireworks are a real institution. They last between 1 and 2 hours; with short breaks to introduce sponsors. On the other hand, fireworks are usually displayed on river banks, so you might have…

Autumn leaves in Kyoto

December 11th, 2013 by Vincent Penez
Pagoda near Kiyomizudera

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…

Tips For Planning A Fantastic Holiday in Japan

October 3rd, 2013 by Vincent Penez
Miyajima In Japan

Japan, like many other countries, can be overwhelming at first. It can also be expensive if you’re after luxurious treats. Food and accommodation can cost hundreds of dollars a day. However, you can do many things in a much cheaper way with a bit of help, and this won’t stop you from having a fantastic holiday in Japan.     *Food Expenses* If you want…

Yunoshimakan in Gero by Eileen from Singapore

May 16th, 2013 by Jeff Aasgaard
Between Takayama and Gero Onsen

We journeyed from our 1st ryokan at Hagi Takayama (see separate review) to Gero Onsen on February 20, 2013. It’s a comfortable 46 minute ride from Takayama to Gero on the Limited Express Wide View Hida. Once again, we used Japanese Guest Houses for our reservations at Yunoshimakan and they did a wonderful job of providing us with the needed information to help us in…

Hagi Takayama Winter Stay by Eileen from Singapore

March 5th, 2013 by Jeff Aasgaard
Hagi Takayama, Onsen

Our stay was from February 15, 2013. Thanks to Japanese Guest Houses, our reservations at Hagi Takayama were all taken care of. They arranged our shuttle pick up at 3:05pm (pick up is just outside the Washington Hotel, across the road on the right side, from the Takayama Station). Its about a 15 minute ride. The ryokan has lovely views of the landscape because its…

Sapporo Snow Festival

November 23rd, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard
Sapporo Snow Festival

After a long and hot summer, let’s think about a nice plan for this winter. The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is the most popular winter festival in Japan. Every year about 2 millions visitors join this event. Hundreds snow statues are built every year in February. In 2013, the festival will be held from February 5 through February 11. Snow Festival in Sapporo…

Discount Transportation in Japan

October 25th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

One of the best transportation deals available to travelers to Japan is the JR Rail Pass which gives you unlimited train rides on almost all JR Trains including the Shinkansen Bullet Trains. This one pass can save you hundreds of dollars and pays for itself with just a round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto. This pass is only available outside Japan so you will need…

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…