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.
Hallstatt, Austria, is one of my very favorite places on Earth. Surrounded by the gorgeous Salzkammergut Mountains with resplendent views of breathtaking Lake Hallstatt, full of history dating back thousands and thousands of years, and chock full of unique things to do, this idyllic alpine village is so much more than first meets the eyes. While many recommend visiting Hallstatt as a day trip, I am so thankful we spent several blissful days here, taking in the scenery, hiking, enjoying the local cuisine, and learning about local history. I hope this Hallstatt, Austria luxury travel guide helps you have the most magnificent time in one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited.
In my Skin luxury loungewear haul & try-on video, I’m sharing some of my favorite cozy & chic pajama & lounge looks, perfect for a lazy day at home, WFH days where you don’t feel like wearing office clothing but you still want to feel put together, and outfits that will instantly help you feel right at home when traveling somewhere new.
The Best Japanese omakase on the East Coast is at Kissaki in Greenwich, CT, where their expert sushi chefs carefully craft each individual bite of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and each hand roll. Their beautiful restaurant is adorned with golden fish against navy walls, encircled by intimate lighting, in an elegant atmosphere perfect for your next date night, night out with the girls, birthday celebration, or “just because”. Watch my latest YouTube video, linked in this post, to see why we loved dining at Kissaki.
Japanese food is one of my very favorite types of food because there are so many delicious options and incredible flavors I can enjoy as a gluten-free pescatarian. Rule of Thirds in Brooklyn, New York is one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve had on the East Coast. We went here for brunch the day before departing for my birthday trip to Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park, and it was a truly fantastic experience on a cozy, rainy day.
I take nearly all of my photographs in public places, and just like any other time we are out in public, we try always to be polite and not draw attention to ourselves more than necessary, and we always make sure not to get in other people’s way. Today, I’m answering all of your most commonly asked questions about taking photographs in public. I hope this helps you be more confident, prepared, and respectful when taking photographs in public.
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.