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Guide to Hozugawa Riverboat Trip in Kyoto, Japan

Hozugawa River Boat Ride – Experience The Scenic Nature Of Kyoto

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 2, 2021

The Hozugawa River Boat Tour is a fantastic way to experience Kyoto’s nature. While Kyoto is most famous for its beautiful temples and well preserved historic neighborhoods, surrounding it is some truly spectacular nature with mountains, rivers, and forests. One of these green lungs is the western mountains surrounding the Hozugawa River.

Guide to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera Temple – A Guide To Kyoto’s Grandest Temple

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated Apr 15, 2021

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is Kyoto’s most popular and famous temple, surrounded by a vast forest. It is particularly beautiful during the Cherry Blossom season (March/ April) and Autumn Leaves season (November) when it is illuminated in the evenings. It is one of the biggest highlights of Kyoto and a must-visit!

Guide to Nijo Castle Kyoto

The Palaces, Gates & Gardens of Nijo Castle – Kyoto

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated Mar 17, 2021

Nijo Castle is one of the absolute highlights of Kyoto. The lovely atmosphere, the beautiful Japanese Zen gardens, and the ancient palaces with their ornate gold-covered architecture and fantastic interiors and wall paintings – I love it all! Here is everything you need to know to get the ultimate visit to Nijo Castle, including the best walking route.

When is the best time to visit Japan?

When Is The Best Time To Visit Japan? Seasons, Festivals & Weather

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated Jan 28, 2020

Are you planning a trip to Japan, and asking yourself when should I visit Japan? What is the best month to visit Japan? Do you wonder what is the best time to see the Cherry Blossoms in Japan, to see the fall foliage, go skiing, climb Mt Fuji, do the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, get the best weather, find the lowest prices, take part in a cool festival, or beat the crowds? Then you have come to the right place, as I will answer all these questions and more, and help you find the perfect time to visit Japan according to your interests and preferences. 

what to do in takayama japan

Following In The Footsteps of Samurais – Takayama, Japan

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 29, 2021

Takayama, also called Hida-Takayama, has a really unique and cozy atmosphere that we did not experience anywhere else in Japan. Narrow cobblestoned streets lined with charming old wooden houses and a nice and calm river that runs through the city, Ryokans, hillside shrines and temples, Onsens, and several museums makes Takayama a real must-visit place … Read more

Where to stay in Kyoto

Where To Stay in Kyoto – Our Favourite Areas & Hotels

by Espen Egeland| Last updated Mar 23, 2021

As more than a million foreign visitors every year discovers, Kyoto offers beautiful historic temples, world-class shopping, mouth-watering cuisine, and some of the most diverse accommodation options anywhere in Japan. With so many hotel and guest houses to choose from, deciding where to stay in Kyoto can be a challenge. Here is our favorite Kyoto areas and hotels.

What to do in Kyoto, Japan

What To Do In Kyoto – A 3 Day Kyoto Itinerary

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated May 18, 2021

With 2000 temples and shrines, visiting Kyoto should be mandatory on all Japan trips. Kyoto is Japans best-preserved historic city with its beautiful Zen gardens and 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites. Here is our ultimate 3 day Kyoto itinerary that gives you all the highlights of what to do in Kyoto.

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Where To Stay In Tokyo – Our Favourite Areas & Hotels In Tokyo

by Maria Wulff Hauglann| Last updated Mar 23, 2021

No other city offers quite as many bewildering options for accommodation as Tokyo, from traditional Japanese Inns, business hotels and sleeping pods to western style luxury hotels. With its more than 37 million inhabitants and dozens of city centers, finding the best place to stay in world’s largest city isn’t always easy. Here we reveal our favorite Tokyo areas and hotels.

What To Do In Tokyo – A 5 Day Tokyo Itinerary

by Espen Egeland| Last updated May 28, 2021

Tokyo has it all – excellent museums, grand temples, atmospheric shrines and lovely zen gardens. It is a city filled with Japanese history and tradition, but also modern, futuristic neo sci-fi streetscapes that make you feel like you’re a part of the Bladerunner movie. Here is our ultimate 5 day Tokyo itinerary with all the highlights of what to do in Tokyo.