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Other Sleeping and Dining Options, Kyoto, Japan

September – October, 2017 While staying in a ryokan is a great way to experience Japanese culture and cuisine, sometimes you just want a normal bed and a place to hang out in the afternoon other than on a tatami … Continue reading

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An Evening at Tempura Endo, Kyoto, Japan

October 4, 2017 Tempura Endo is an upscale tempura restaurant where a seat at the bar gets you a front row view of the tempura master in action. However, this sounds more exciting than it really is. Only a few … Continue reading

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Tawaraya Ryokan, Kyoto, Japan

October 2, 2017 On a rainy day in early October we were back in Kyoto. We checked into Tawaraya, one of the city’s top Ryokans and the first place in Japan that actually showed us to our room before 3PM. … Continue reading

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Seikoro Ryokan, Kyoto, Japan

September 14 – 17, 2017 Spending the night in a ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, and enjoying kaiseki cusine, a traditional mulit-course dinner, is a highlight on a visit to Japan. Kyoto offers some of the best ryokan experiences in … Continue reading

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Day trip to Nara, Japan

October 3, 2017 Nara, famed for one of Japan’s largest Buddhas housed in the world’s largest wooded structure, is an easy and worthwhile day trip from Kyoto, just 35 minutes on the express train. The Kintetsu Line runs express trains … Continue reading

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Nishiki Market, Kyoto, Japan

October 2, 2017 On a rainy afternoon we decided to take a quick spin through the covered food market before lounging in our ryokan (Japanese style hotel) for the rest of the day. Seems like everyone else had the same … Continue reading

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Top Sights of Kyoto, Japan

October 4, 2017 Kyoto has some of Japan’s most famous sights and the crowds to match. Still, on a beautiful Wednesday in early October we braved the crowds and headed for Fushimi inari, the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Kinkaku-ji, … Continue reading

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