Category Archives: Japan

Heian Shrine (平安神宮)

Heian means peaceful in Japanese. The shrine was built in late 19th century to commemorate Heian Period, the glorious period of ancient Japan where the capital was still Kyoto. I heard that it supposed to be the miniature size of … Continue reading

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Nijo Castle (二条城) & Kiyomizudera (清水寺)

Nijo Castle was the resident of Japanese Shogun when he visited Kyoto. It was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in early 17th century. It is consisted of 2 parts: Ninomaru Palace where the shogun received his guests and famous for its nightingale … Continue reading

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Fushimi-Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社), 24 July 2010

If any of you have watched “Memoirs of The Geisha” and remember the scene when Chiyo was running in a tunnel of torii gates, you can relive it at Fushimi-Inari Taisha. It is still located in Kyoto area and opens 24 … Continue reading

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Walking in Kyoto with Johnnie Hillwalker, 21 July 2010

Johnnie Hillwalker or Mr. Hajime Hirooka has been doing this walking tour for 15 years. You can find him in Lonely Planet under the Kyoto section. Pay 2000 yen and walk 3 kilometres for 5 hours. He doesn’t take us … Continue reading

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