Unknown Japan; Rural Nara Part Three

For years tourists to Japan have been drawn to the country’s first capital, Nara. The ancient city where deer roam free and imposing temples as old as the founding of the city itself attract visitors in droves to marvel at the beauty of Old Japan. But there’s so much more to the prefecture, and of…

Unknown Japan; Rural Nara Part One

For years tourists to Japan have been drawn to the country’s first capital, Nara. The ancient city where deer roam free and imposing temples as old as the founding of the city itself attract visitors in droves to marvel at the beauty of Old Japan. But there’s so much more to the prefecture, and of…

Hiking in Higashiyama 

Where the city meets the mountains is my favourite place in Kyoto. Beautiful scenery, traditional buildings and some of the best shrines and temples in town. When I think of Kyoto, I definitely think of a city, but being surrounded by mountains, you’ll be surprised to hear that there are some great hikes to be…