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Japanese Culture

Your ULTIMATE Guide to Exploring Osaka in 24 Hours

Your ULTIMATE Guide to Exploring Osaka in 24 Hours

Osaka is one of the most vibrant cities in Japan, and while it's also one of the largest, exploring key parts of this historic town can easily be accomplished in one single day. While spending more time here is always recommended to get to know the inner workings and subtleties of the city, if you're just stopping over you can easily fill your day with exciting things to do and amazing places to eat.

11 Things to Know Before Travelling To Japan

11 Things to Know Before Travelling To Japan

Japan is one of the most fantastical places in the world to visit, but for first timers there often can be a very daunting elements in making your first trip to a foreign land. Check out this guide and help prepare yourself to have the best time possible.

The Best Ryokan in Kyoto

The Best Ryokan in Kyoto

While staying in Kyoto, I wanted to find a traditional Japanese Ryokan where we could relax and unwind after a busy week in Tokyo. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn that originated from the Edo period when inns were a home for weary travellers. Ryokans were once a fairly inexpensive option, but in recent years some Ryokans have become quite the luxury. So finding one with charm at an affordable price, that was also still available, was somewhat of a challenge. But then I came across Ryokan Shimizu. 

Kyoto Backstreets Walking Tour - Part One

Kyoto Backstreets Walking Tour - Part One

One of the best ways to explore a city is with a local guide. Free walking tours are offered in larger cities across the world, but more often than not, you get what you pay for. They also usually have huge tour group numbers and only take you through the most popular attractions, you probably have already seen. Our Ryokan suggested Waraido Guided Tours which give 5-hour walking tours of the Kyoto Backstreets, through hidden alleyways to discover the roots of Kyoto itself.

Kyoto Backstreets Walking Tour - Part 2

Kyoto Backstreets Walking Tour - Part 2

The first half of our WaRaiDo Guide Networks walking tour of the backstreets of Kyoto took us through traditional Japanese fan workshops, shrines to health, the largest wooden temple in Japan and a tasting of freshly made tofu!