Hida Furukawa is a nice little day trip from Takayama. It is a compact town with some nice traditional streets showing off some rather beautiful, very Japanese architecture. It’s quieter and calmer than Takayama. Budget travel tips Download this useful town map or get one from the Tourist Information Center outside of Hidafurukawa Station south exit. It’s bestContinue reading “Hida Furukawa”
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Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps. It is famous for it’s festivals, markets and old-fashioned atmosphere. It makes for a nice trip away from cities such as Kyoto or Nagoya. Budget travel tips Pick up a free map of the area at the Tourist Information Office (see map) opposite the station. CutContinue reading “Takayama”
Japan Cherry Blossom Forecasts for 2014 (Updated)
Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) is fast approaching and the Japan Weather Association has just posted their updated forecasts for each area. They will probably blossom a little earlier than usual this year. The best time for seeing the cherry blossoms are usually about a week after the expected opening.
Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Kyoto
As Kyoto is mostly still a traditional place the guesthouses and hostels continue this style, while still offering low prices. Therefore most of these recommendations, but not all, will have rooms with traditional Tamami floors and futons. Even if this does not sound appetising, just try it for one night! Backpackers Hostel K’s HouseContinue reading “Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Kyoto”
Top Capsule Hotels In Kyoto
There are a few good capsule hotels in Kyoto and they seem to be more interesting than in other cities If you are not familiar with them, check out our capsule hotel first experience post. Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available. But if you are worried, just go to the capsuleContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Kyoto”
Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation
A great way to save money. Starting from an around one thousand yen, internet cafes are a super cheap way to stay in the city. Probably much more comfortable than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown. They are also great if you haveContinue reading “Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation”
Nara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of great shrines and temples, not far from Kyoto and Osaka. A must-visit for most travelers coming to Japan, Nara has a large park where most of the action is, while there are a few more shrines and temples a short bicycle or bus ride away. Budget travel tipsContinue reading “Nara”
Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddhist temples in the mountains south of Osaka. Even if you have seen many temples before, Koyasan will really seem like it’s in another league with it’s huge structures and massive graveyard. English support, maps and signs are great. Budget travel tips AlthoughContinue reading “Koyasan”
Kobe (神戸) is a stylish city not far from Kyoto and Osaka, that is known as one of the first ports in Japan to open up to foreigners. It therefore has lots of unique architecture for a Japanese city, making for an interesting, cheap trip. For budget travelers Kobe can all be done in a oneContinue reading “Kobe”
Hiroshima (広島) can be an extremely emotional, sad place, but it’s one that must be visited. During World War 2 a nuclear bomb destroyed Hiroshima and most places for tourists are related to this. It’s best as a one day trip from Kyoto. Budget travel tips Get a free tourist map from the Shinkansen exitContinue reading “Hiroshima”
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