A real life Japanese 'Rom-Com'. Why Japanese are one of the kindest people on earth!

A real life Japanese 'Rom-Com'. Why Japanese are one of the kindest people on earth!

It was almost 5 p.m. when Yuta dropped me to the main railway station in Tokyo. Yuta was a Japanese photographer based in Fuji whom I had connected with on the internet before leaving India for Japan to help me shoot for my blog and Instagram. After shooting in Tokyo the previous evening, we had driven to Nikko, a small hill station located on the outskirts of the Nikko National Park, about 125 km north of Tokyo. The town is famous for the Toshogu Shrine and the Shinkyo Bridge.

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Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto: find late blooming cherry blossoms here

Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto: find late blooming cherry blossoms here

I made the mistake of booking my trip to Japan to see the cherry blossoms months in advance. I was relying on cherry blossom forecasts made by Japan travel blogs, and accordingly planned to be in Kyoto for five days in the middle of April. I also booked my flight tickets which were already getting very expensive, and my accommodation on Airbnb as most of the hotels were either over-priced or sold out for my dates.

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Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Hotel Ibis Style Kyoto Station is located directly opposite the Kyoto train station (the JR railway station), and is a very convenient hotel to stay especially if you are traveling solo. It is also ideal for those travelers who want to keep Kyoto as their base and do day trips to Osaka, Nara or Yoshino. It is a budget hotel with great service, the only downside being that the rooms are small.

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15 best things to do in Kyoto, Japan

15 best things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Even though I was in Kyoto for two nights and three days only, with the help of my tour guide I was able to see some of the most popular tourist attractions there including some of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here is my list of the top 15 things to do in Kyoto. 

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6 most important shrines & temples to visit in Kyoto, Japan

6 most important shrines & temples to visit in Kyoto, Japan

I was in Kyoto only for two nights and three days in the summer and even though I had very limited time, I was able to visit all the important shrines and temples that are a must-see in Kyoto. Since I was traveling solo, I had hired a tour guide to take...

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Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha), Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha), Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine, located in southern Kyoto, is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Thousands of vermilion torii gates create a labyrinth of trails that lead into a wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Gion's backalleys & Kenin-ji temple

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Gion's backalleys & Kenin-ji temple

Gion is the most famous geisha district of Kyoto. It is filled with shops, restaurants and teahouses (ochaya), where the geishas entertain. It is located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. One of...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Shirakawa Dori, one of the most beautiful streets in Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Shirakawa Dori, one of the most beautiful streets in Kyoto

Shirakawa Dori is one of the most beautiful streets in Kyoto, Japan. It is located in Gion alongside the Shirakawa Canal and is one of the licensed geisha areas of Kyoto. It is off the beaten path and you don't see many tourists in this area. The street is lined on one side....

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Shinbashi bridge & Kamogawa River

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Shinbashi bridge & Kamogawa River

The Kamogawa River runs through Kyoto Prefecture. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. In summer, restaurants open balconies looking out to the river. This form of outdoor dining is called 'Noryo Yuka' where people...

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Ryoan-ji, Zen Temple, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ryoan-ji, Zen Temple, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ryoan-ji is a Zen temple located in the northwest part of Kyoto, Japan. Originally a country house, it was converted into a Zen training temple in 1450. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple comprises of the main temple, the Kyoyochi Pond, the Rock Garden...

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Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan. A Zen Buddhist Temple & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan. A Zen Buddhist Temple & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After spending a good part of the morning at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the Tenryuji Temple and the Okochi Sanso Gardens with my tour-guide in Kyoto, we took a taxi to Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kinkaku-ji Temple...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Okochi Sanso Villa, garden & teahouse of the Japanese film actor Denjirō Ōkōchi

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Okochi Sanso Villa, garden & teahouse of the Japanese film actor Denjirō Ōkōchi

Shinrin-yoku or Forest Therapy, is a term used by the Japanese for 'forest bathing'. It is the medicine of simply being in the forest. It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and is used in Japanese medicine for preventive health care and healing. I experienced...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Katsura river & coffee at Arabica %

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Katsura river & coffee at Arabica %

The Katsura River runs through the district of Arashiyama on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is crossed by the famous Togetsukyo Bridge, also known as the Moon Crossing Bridge. After spending most of the morning wandering through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the Tenryu-ji Temple...

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Tenryu-ji Temple & Gardens, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tenryu-ji Temple & Gardens, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tenryū-ji, formally known as Tenryū Shiseizen-ji, is the most important temple in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tenryuji Gardens have been designed by the famous garden designer Muso Soseki. The garden features...

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. It is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. It is also one of the most photographed sites in Kyoto (besides the Inari Shrine and the Kinkaku-ji Temple)...

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