Higashiyama is a district in the east of Kyoto’s city center. Sitting between the Kamo River and the Higashiyama Mountain Range, the narrow streets between Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera are lined with traditional merchant houses selling crafts, sweets and local specialties.
In Higashiyama, the feeling of old Kyoto has been preserved, with shops offering
Japanese theater has a long and rich history, but the idea of visiting a theatrical performance in a foreign country can feel intimidating. Fearing they might not be able to follow the story on stage because of the language and cultural barrier, potential theatergoers might choose not to risk disappointment and miss out on a
Yakushiji Temple in Nara is one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, dating back to the 7th century. Located west of the city center, it features a pagoda from the 8th century (currently undergoing renovation works scheduled to end in 2019).
The main hall is a reproduction, after the original burned down in a