Kyoto Road Trip: Nature, Tradition, and Comfortable Hotels in Kyoto's Countryside See Kyoto's best hidden gems and most relaxing getaway areas with this guide to Kyoto road-tripping! Is She a Geisha, Maiko, or Geiko? | Meet the Maiko of Kyoto Maiko, geisha, or even geiko - these artisans have long been a part of preserving Japan's traditional arts, and you can still meet them in Kyoto! Universal Studios Japan's Most Relaxing Hotel | Oriental Hotel Universal City This hotel next to Universal Studios Japan is a quiet green oasis to rest and recharge! A Quiet Oasis in Osaka's Most Popular Area | Namba Oriental Hotel Try this Namba hotel to have Osaka's most beloved sightseeing spots at your doorstep, and still get a great night's sleep! A Bayside Resort-Style Getaway at the Heart of Kobe | Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel Kobe's best sightseeing, fantastic ocean views, and luxurious amenities, all at your fingertips at this elegant Kobe hotel! 5 Must-See Destinations for Book Lovers in Japan These libraries, book museums, and over-the-top bookshops in the Tokyo area are ideal for anyone who loves books or reading! Japan Announces the 2021 Kanji of the Year, Reflecting Hope at a Dark Time This year, according to the kanji, the Olympics beat the pandemic in the minds and hearts of Japan. Kyoto Autumn Must-Sees | Rurikoin Temple & Its Magical Lacquered Reflections This mountainside temple has lacquer so shiny-clean that it turns into magic mirrors! Kyoto Autumn Must-Sees | Rengeji Temple & Its Poet's Garden This little temple is a big spot on any autumn tour of Kyoto, or Japan's fall foliage. Japan to Begin Experimenting with Vaccination Proof at Eateries in Kyoto, Hokkaido, and... Is Japan on the road to adopting an official vaccine pass? This experiment aims to find out. Pokemon Is Coming to Universal Studios Japan in 2022 Ready to catch 'em all? Because you might get the chance in just a few months. Forget Your “Iced” Coffee, This Kobe Cafe Serves Real “Ice Coffee” In the midst of Japan's intense summer heat, these uniquely chilled coffees from Kobe are a hit. Your Scary Story for 100 Yen, Sound Like a Deal? ・ This Mysterious Shop in Hyogo Trades... A book shop or a haunted house? You'll find a little of both at this spot in Hyogo Prefecture. Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto ・ Rokuonji and Its Famous Golden Pavilion A symbol of Kyoto and a must-see sightseeing spot, Kinkakuji's golden pavilion is a beautiful reminder of this Japanese world heritage site. Osaka's Most Famous Nemophila Spot ・ Baby Blue Eyes in Osaka Maishima Seaside Park Find your new go-to spot for fields of blue flowers in the Kansai region! Visiting Hanshin Koshien Stadium ・ A Day of Japanese Baseball History and Ballpark Tours This famous Japanese baseball stadium is hallowed ground for Japan's baseball fans, so it's a must-see for Hanshin Tigers supporters, high school baseball lovers, and casual sightseers alike! An Osaka Hotel Next to Shinsaibashi & Namba - Spot the Glico Man from the Windows of... Cross Hotel Osaka is literally steps away from Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, some of the best shopping and nightlife areas in Osaka! Spend a Day with the Deer of Nara Park Nara is famous for historic temples and many, many deer, wandering wild and only somewhat tame. A Summertime Kyoto Dining Experience - Kawadoko Riverside Seats & Flowing Somen Noodles From Taiwanese author Juntang Wang, a unique Kyoto kawadoko meal, perfect for hot summer months! Naked Ninja - A New Virtual Reality Experience from Kyoto's Nijojo Castle A 3DCG way to experience the historic Nijojo Castle in Kyoto, without even leaving your home. Kobe Animal Kingdom | Spend a Day in Kobe with Animals from Around the World Kobe Animal Kingdom lets you get close and hang out with some new animal friends. A Full-Size Evangelion EVA Unit-01 Has Appeared in Kyoto! Celebrating the upcoming Evangelion film release, Toei Kyoto Studio Park is now home to its very own realistically enormous Eva torso. How to Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto and Take Great Pictures of the Shrine, Not... The Fushimi Inari Shrine of Kyoto, with its fame boosted by Hollywood's Memoirs of a Geisha, is a busy, crowded attraction, making photography a challenge. Gibier Game Meat Culture in Northern Kyoto - Eating Locally in More Ways Than One Kyoto - home to temples and shrines, traditional narrow alleys full of old machiya-style homes, maiko, traditional arts, refined cuisine, and also... wild game? It turns out that while many people's Japan travel itineraries include trips to Kyoto's Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji or Fushimi Inari Shrine, they're missing out on a whole chunk of the Kyoto area, and all it has to offer (including some unique gibier game meat culture)! So last fall, the JAPANKURU team took a trip west to Kyoto, and then up north to its Tamba region, once its own province bordering the Sea of Japan.