Visitors are often spoilt for choice when vacationing in Japan. The usual accommodation ranges from capsule hotels to luxury hotels and are available for all preferences and budget ranges (although your budget range needs to be higher in Japan). On the other end of the accommodation scale are the ryokans and machiyas which offer a more traditional experience.
I’m sure we are all familiar with Starbucks. The ubiquitous Starbucks cafe with it’s distinctive logo and modern style can be found in almost every major city in the world. For any traveller (me included), the promise of a cup of hot java accompanied with free wifi is a comforting thought when you are on the road.
One of the more well trodden places in Kyoto is the Araishiyama Bamboo Forest. This is located on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is easily reached by train from Kyoto Station in around 15 minutes.
Kyoto is one of my favourite cities in Japan and also a photographer’s delight. Kyoto also feels less crowded compared to Tokyo and with just a 20 minutes train ride you can be out of the city and inside a forest, it certainly gives that big city with a small town vibe. Continue reading “4 Places in Kyoto for Great Views”
Mention Japanese food and we think of sushi, sashimi and ramen. Mention Japanese beverages and we think of green tea and sake. However, we never associated Japan with whiskey until recently.
Going to Japan has never been a budget holiday, so when SIA had a promotion that offered SGD480 nett per person for a return ticket from Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda Airport), it was a great opportunity to see Japan on the cheap. And just in time for the Vesak Day holiday in May. As we have been to Tokyo before a couple of times, we decided to spend less time there and see Kyoto instead. Continue reading “Tokyo to Kyoto 2013”