Inside Kyoto – Top Places You Must Visit

_1030116-20150813One of the most beautiful and traditional cities in Japan, Kyoto is a kaleidoscope of colour and a rich blend of the old and new. There’s a lot of history here and it was the Emperor’s residence from 794AD to 1868. There are hundreds of temples and shrines as well as beautiful gardens here and it really is a must visit city for any visitor to Japan.

Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo is really easy as the two cities are connected by J R Tokaido Shinkansen Train. The journey by Nozomi train takes around 140 minutes. Once in Kyoto it is easy to get around. Although Kyoto has a subway system the stations are not close to the big attractions in the city. Therefore using the bus is more practical. Green buses serve the centre of Kyoto and are more useful for visitors. [Read more…]

Hiking Mount Fuji – On Yoshida’s Trail

_1030053-20150812There’s an old Japanese proverb which goes like this: “He who climbs Mt. Fuji is a wise man; he who climbs twice is a fool.” The Japanese considered climbing Mt. Fuji as a spiritual adventure and strive to do it at least once during their lifetime.  At 3,776m (12,388 ft.), it is the highest mountain in Japan. Numerous tourists scale Yoshida trail along this peak each year.

Organised by Hiking, Trekking and Travelling Buddies meetup group, there were some suggestions on how the route should be approached prior to the actual event. Some suggested that we should skip resting in the mountain lodges and instead take the last bus for a non-rest climb to the summit. Taking into consideration the unfamiliar route and not sure of what to expect, plus what the toll the climb might have on each participants’ fitness, we decided to take the 2 day/1 night approach. [Read more…]