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.
Autumn is such a magical time of year, as well as my personal favorite season. The leaves change colors, trees look alight with the fires of autumn, and the days become a little darker, and a little colder, hinting at the hibernation to come. Each autumn, my husband and I have an unofficial list of things we like to do before the season ends, and I wanted to share with you 50 fun things to do this fall.
Le Bon Macaron is the best place to find handmade, authentic French macarons in Michigan. They have two locations, one in Ann Arbor, and one in Grand Rapids, both locations also serve ice cream, handmade sodas, coffees, espresso, a variety of tea, and they have a cute selection of merchandise like travel mugs, totes, and clothing that any Francophile should enjoy.
Each year Robin and I head out to an apple orchard and buy a few pounds of organic apples for ourselves, our family members, and our neighbors. We turn what we keep for ourselves into preserves, or eat them when they’re fresh in fall salads, or we make one of Robin’s favorite desserts, an apple crumble. This fall, we got an early start and headed to Almar’s to support their dedicated organic and sustainable farm and orchards, and as usual, it was a wonderful time!
Holland is one of my favorite cities in the Midwest, because it is on Lake Michigan, it’s home to my favorite Michigan festival, the Tulip Time Festival, which sees about 7 million tulips bloom each year in May, and it has consistently been ranked as one of the happiest towns in the United States. Famous all over North America for their stunning flower festival, unique red light house, incredible lake views, and breathtaking sunsets, Holland is a lovely place to visit during any Midwest trip.
I have worn a Pandora bracelet since my early high school days, and I’ve recently filled my second Pandora bracelet with charms that commemorate special occasions, events and milestones, and achievements in my life, along with a few charms that are just for fun. It feels like the end of an era almost, so I wanted to share what I’ve added to this bracelet, and why each charm is special to me.
The handbag in this photo is a knockoff, and I thought even after I took these photos that it was real. Here’s why and how to avoid accidentally buying a fake designer handbag, including concrete tips on how to spot a fake bag, how to research a bag to ensure it’s authentic, and what to do if you accidentally buy a fake. In a world where some people are going to school to learn how to spot fakes because they are so close to the real thing, but often made using exploitation and violence, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant, respect art, and honor the design teams that make authentic designer handbags
The Spa at Blythswood Square in Glasgow is one of Europe’s most sophisticated and saught after spas. Booking out months in advance, the spa is home to some of Scotland’s most luxurious and invigorating spa treatments, which are performed using only organic, Scottish plant-derived products to ensure a safe and relaxing experience. We enjoyed a couple’s massage, a Ishga Scottish seaweed facials, and a salt & oil scrub, a Detoxifying Rhassoul for 2 soak, and a Scottish Seaweed bath. It was an unbelievably cool and refreshing spa day!