Higashiyama – Kyoto’s Most Picturesque District

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

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Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri

Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is one of Japan’s most important festivals. Dating back to the year 869, it is celebrated each July in the streets of downtown Kyoto.

The nights leading up to the big parades of giant floats on July 17 and 24, food stalls line the streets around Shijo and Karasuma Dori, selling

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Nara’s Yakushiji Temple

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

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