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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Yasaka Koshin-Do Temple in Hiashiyama, Kyoto, Japan is a native folk take on Buddhist temples, and is famous for its colorful, hanging cloth monkeys said to have the ability to grant a wish in exchange for the wish-maker giving up an earthly desire or bad habit. Located around the corner from the iconic Yasaka Pagoda, this temple welcomes anyone whether they want to make a wish, snap a selfie, or learn more about Kōshin beliefs.
Fushimi Inarir Taisha Shrine is perhaps Japan’s most famous and photographed shrine. This beautiful collection of thousands of red torii gates, which wind up and around Kyoto’s Mt. Inari, leads visitors through breathtaking views of the city of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital city, and offers incredible insight into Japanese culture and traditions. Read on to see how to reach the shrine, what to do at the shrine, where to eat near the shrine, and much more.
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove just outside of Kyoto, Japan is one of the most enchanting places I’ve ever been. There was a serenity here that took me by surprise and captured my heart, despite the throngs of people around us. Read on to learn about what else there is to do in the area, when to arrive, and why you should visit this magical grove of bamboo.
My Chicago Guide, created in partnership with Choose Chicago, will share the most interesting things to do, the best luxury accomodations, and the best places to eat in the Windy City. I love visiting Chicago, and it’s always been a special place for me and my husband, because we have so many happy memories here together. I can’t wait to share the many, many reasons we love Chicago!
Nijo Castle, built in 1603 for Japanese Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, is home to some 400 cherry trees, impressive architecture, sprawling traditional Japanese gardens, and is famous fro its unique Nightingale floors. We visited during cherry blossom season to see flower arrangements from Japan’s oldest school of Ikebana, traditional Japanese flowering arranging, and learn more about this castle’s 400+ year history.
These quintessential japanese foods are iconic Japanese dishes that everyone should try when in Japan. This guide will also help decipher menus at Japanese restaurants, and teach you the basics of Japanese food and cooking vocabulary, so you can order with confidence during your next visit to your favorite Japanese restaurant.
Picking the perfect destination for your next vacation can be a very daunting task. It has to be perfect, because otherwise you’ll waste precious vacation time and your hard earned money. To prevent this from happening, I’m sharing my process for picking my next travel destination, so that you can use it to ensure that your next trip perfectly matches your interests, budget, vacation duration and more, while also allowing you to begin planning for future travels.
2020 was certainly a year. The pandemic shut down most of the world back in late February – early March, and nothing has been the same since. In early 2020 I had to indefinitely postpone more than 45 trips, some of which had been in the works for more than a year, I missed out…
There’s a difference between being a traveler and being a tourist, so this guide will help you learn how to be a traveler, not a tourist to avoid making any social, cultural, or legal mistakes when traveling abroad. Don’t be like the loud tourists on the train to Kyoto, or the tourist in London demanding to have the construction around the clock face removed so they could take a picture, and instead learn to be a confident, prepared, traveler.
Have you ever wanted to ask for travel recommendations, like which hotel is closest to that thing you want to visit, what to do once you get to the airport in another country, or if that landmark is really worth taking half a day to go see, but no one you knew had ever been to that destination? Join my Facebook group for travelers, called Travel Advice and Stories! Here, we share our travel stories, itineraries, answer questions about travel destinations, hotel chains, airlines, travel companies, tour guides, restaurants, how to get visas for certain countries, and so much more. It’s like having a friend who has been everywhere in the world!