Nijo Castle in Kyoto

On our last morning in Kyoto, we stopped by Nijo Castle, a beautiful example of Edo period architecture from the 1600s. It’s so dramatically different from European castles from the same era, it was incredible to see the beauty and effort they’d put in to every last detail of the architecture. Inside the castle, we…

Finding Geisha in Gion

Kyoto was one of my favorite places in Japan, in part because it ended up being so unique. We’d gotten a tip to stay near the Gion district – the most famous geisha district in Japan – where travelers have visited since the Middle Ages. It felt like stepping back in time to see the…

Fushimi Inari-taisha

A bucket-list trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without a trip to this iconic shrine, nestled in the foothills above the city.

Exploring Kyoto

  Time & again, whenever I asked friends what their favorite thing they’ve done in Japan was, Kyoto came up. Famous as theย birthplace of geisha, a former capital city, and left largely untouched during the American bombing runs of WWII all mean that Kyoto has spectacular history and architecture that is incredibly unique, even within…