Jun
4
2017

50 Day Trips from Kyoto You Just Have To Know About

People always ask me about good day trips from Kyoto or Osaka. Especially if you have allotted quite a bit of time for the Kyoto region and fear to get bored, it’s good to know what else you could do. And if it’s your second or third trip to the region, then you might want […]

May
22
2017

Hikone Castle – An Original Castle Keep You Shouldn’t Miss!

If you’re a fan of original castle keeps and want to do a nice day trip from Kyoto, then you should consider stopping by Hikone Castle. While it’s a small castle keep, it’s really beautiful and gives you a good impression of a feudal Japanese castle. Visited: January 6th 2010 Hikone Castle (彦根城) is located […]

May
17
2017

Azuchi Castle Ruins: Revolutionizing Japanese Castle Design

Azuchi Castle used to be a luxurious castle changing the Japanese castle architecture forever. Unfortunately it only existed for a very short time. It burned down and now you can only visit the Azuchi Castle ruins. The ruins are quite impressive and give you a good idea about how vast the castle must have been. […]

Azuchi Castle Ruins
May
7
2017

Travel Back in Time with Azuchi Momoyama Bunkamura in Ise

If you’re interested in Japanese castles or if you want to spend some fun time in an ancient samurai town with your whole family, fighting against ninja and enjoying geisha performances, then the Azuchi Momoyama Bunkamura is the right place for you. Welcome to Azuchi Momoyama Bunkamura Azuchi Momoyama Bunkamura (伊勢安土桃山文化村) is located in Ise […]

Azuchi Momoyama Bunkamura
May
2
2017

Meoto Iwa: The Divine “Wedded Rocks” in Ise

You might have already seen the scenic “Meoto Iwa” on photos and wondered what it is and where you can find it? Two rocks connected by a rope, standing strong in the rough ocean. Sounds kind of lame at first? Visited: August 9th 2010 The Sacred Meoto Iwa in Ise Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩), also known […]

Apr
27
2017

One of Japan’s Most Sacred Places: Ise Shrine in Mie

Ise Shrine is one of Japan’s most sacred places and thus popular among pilgrims and tourists. It’s no wonder that it has been designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government. If people ask for shrine recommendations, Ise Shrine is usually mentioned. Visited: August 9th 2010 The Ise Grand Shrine also known as Ise Jingu […]

Apr
22
2017

Iga Ueno Castle – The Castle in a Ninja Village

If you’re interested in ninja, you should visit one of Japan’s oldest ninja villages in Iga Ueno. But the ninja village is not the only thing you can find there. There’s also Iga Ueno Castle – which was the main reason for me to visit as the castle hunter I am. Visited: May 14th 2010 […]

Apr
17
2017

Unraveling the Secrets of Iga Ueno Ninja

Even if you’re not interested in ninja, I still highly recommend checking out Iga Ueno. It’s a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka and there’s more to explore than just the ninja secrets. I was quite impressed and learned so much during my short stay! Ninja are truly impressive. Visited: May 14th 2010 In Japan […]

Mar
4
2017

When is the best time to view cherry blossoms in Japan?

Cherry blossom season in Japan is probably the most popular time to visit. However, a lot of people wonder when’s the best time to view cherry blossoms in Japan in full bloom. The answer is both, easy and complicated. You can actually enjoy cherry blossoms in Japan almost all year round! I’m not kidding you! […]

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