The Kyoto Luxury Travel Guide is full of the best temples, shrines, gardens, museums, and fine dining in Kyoto, as well as useful cultural notes, ideas for day trips to nearly a dozen nearby cities, and advice on what to wear, how to spend rainy days, and much more. Travelers with distinguished tastes will immediately be drawn to Kyoto’s many Michelin Star restaurants, cultural events and learning opportunities, luxury ryokan, and traditional crafts.
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2019 has been an incredible year. As the best decade of my life draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on the wonderful places I’ve traveled this past year. Like last year, I’m sharing my favorite image from each place I visited this year, to share the beautiful places I’ve been, and to hopefully inspire you to take a journey on your own as well in the new year! As always, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support. It means the world to me!
Hakone, Japan is only about an hour away from Tokyo by shinkansen, or bullet train, making it the perfect day trip from Japan’s capital. Famed for its proximity to Mount Fuji, and home to beautiful Lake Ashi and several sacred Shinto shrines historically popular with samurai, Hakone is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s big cities, explore the great outdoors, and learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. Explore where to stay, what to do, where to eat, and how to make the most of your Hakone adventure in this travel guide.
Wondering where to find more information about all of the places I’ve visited? Here’s a comprehensive list of the destinations I’ve written about, including both domestic and international destinations. Some places still have more I intend to write about, but many destinations I have written about extensively to help you plan your next adventure!
Tokyo, Japan, the country’s capital, a city that blends ultra-modern living with the traditions, rituals, and sensibilites of ancient Japan in the most fascinating way. Ever-evolving and unlike any other city in Japan, Tokyo has something for everyone from flower arranging classes and traditional tea ceremonies to sumo-wrestling, endless neighborhoods dedicated to video games, anime, and manga, and a world-class dining scene with more Michelin Star Restaurants than anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re a high-end luxury traveler looking for a once in a lifetime getaway, someone visiting for business, or a fan of Japanese language and culture, Tokyo is the best place to start your Japanese adventure.
I’m sharing the 18 facets of Japanese etiquette that shocked us because of how unusual they were, or how prevalent they were. Hopefully this guide will help prevent you from standing out in Japanese society, and allow you to do as the locals do, without any surprises, confusion, or awkward situations. No matter how much research you’ve done about Japanese society, etiquette, and social norms, believe me, you’ll want to read this!
Home of Japan’s famous bowing deer, and a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nara, Japan is a wonderful place for visitors of all ages to explore Japanese culture, art, religion, cuisine, history, and so much more. This guide will give you all the advice, tips, and insight on how to plan a visit to Nara as either a day tip from Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka, and how to stay safe while feeding and enjoying being surrounded by more than 1,500 wild, yet mostly tame, Sika deer.
Did you know that there are more than a dozen different varieties of cherry blossoms that can be found in Japan? I sought out all of them, like the stunning striped pink and white flowers, weeping cherry blossom trees that look like gorgeous, flowering willow trees, afterglow cherry blossoms, which have a pink to white ombre, and many more! Here are some of the best places to see the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan all across the country. Check out these spots for incredible views and unique cherry blossom varieties, breathtaking views, and the perfect spots for a picnic.