There’s something about castles and palaces that fascinates me. Maybe, because it is a reminder of the times when the kings, emperors and feudal lords hold all the power, the treasures and the secrets of the land, or mostly because I am more interested with their clothes and traditions, when a simple tea preparation requires […]Read more "Imperial Lives: Nijo Castle & Kyoto Imperial Palace"
Founded in 780, located at the east side of Kyoto and consider as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiyomizudera is another temple worth paying a visit and by far the most popular, most crowded one. Morning is the best time to go where you can enjoy the fresh air while standing on the elevated hillside wooden […]Read more "Kiyomizudera: Pure Water Temple"
If you are a solo female traveler like me, I’m pretty sure that you will take every precaution there is to ensure your safety no matter where you are. It can be via educating yourself on the country you are planning to visit, maybe joining a tour instead of exploring places on your own or […]Read more "Kyoto After Sunset: Nishiki Market, Pontocho, Kamogawa River"
After my first tiring day, finally I was able to get cozy and had a good sleep at my upper bunk bed at the hostel and woke up to a sunny, beautiful Friday morning. I was extremely happy to feel the warmth of the sun, since yesterday weather was a bit gloomy. After having coffee […]Read more "3 Temples a Day at Kyoto: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Ninnaji"
Let’s be honest. Traveling is fun but its one heck of a tiring affair. From hurrying up to the train station afraid of missing your trip, to waking up way earlier than you usual just to squeeze all the thing you want to see in a day, it get so tiring that sometimes I feel […]Read more "Picture Perfect: Arashiyama, Kyoto"
Reachable by bus number 5, 17, 100, Ginkaku-ji is a Zen temple located at the eastern part of Kyoto. Constructed on 1482 and often referred to as the Silver Pavilion, not because it is made of silver but with two alternative possible explanation- a) it was modeled after the Golden Pavilion b) the moon light […]Read more "Ginkaku-ji Temple & Philosopher’s Path"
There has been a lot of misconception about Geisha and the world they live in, particularly for outsiders who deem these women with thick white based make-up, red lipstick and dress in well-ornamented kimono as old-class prostitutes. I am not sure if the idea came from a movie or some tell-all book about how a […]Read more "Geisha at Gion District, Kyoto"
Speeding at 300km/hour and with an estimated journey time of 2.5 hours, finally I will be visiting one of the places that I really wanted to explore – Kyoto. I took the first Nozomi Shinkansen (bullet train) out of Shin-Yokohama hoping to reach early and have the rest of the day visiting few temples on […]Read more "Shinkansen My Way to…"