Kinkaku-ji Temple Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, torii path at Fushimi Inari Taisha, Pontocho, Kiyomizu-dera… oh the list goes on. With 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines as well as palaces and gardens, Kyoto is easily one of the best preserved cities in Japan with beautiful remnants that draw the attraction of hundreds of thousands of visitors. After ≪two nights in Osaka≫ and a ≪quick day visit to Nara≫, we headed for this City of Ten Thousand Shrines with pounding hearts and away we went.

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Nara Park Nara Park Nara Park

New resume skill: professional deer feeder.
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If you’ve read ≪Welcome to Osaka≫, you’ll know that I stayed two nights in Osaka, both at different hotels.

For me, a hotel is simply a place to rest, a place to sleep when you’re travelling out and about exploring foreign cities so it doesn’t need to be extremely fancy. The main thing I look for is cleanliness and I have a thing for bright hotel rooms. That said, based on my own criteria, I recommend both of the hotels that I stayed at. However, I’ve come up with a more detailed breakdown of the pros and cons of each so you can evaluate them yourselves if you’re planning to visit Osaka anytime soon.

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Convocation or a trip to Japan. This was the dilemma my dad had thrown at me when I graduated in June. View Post

Sea to Sky

I’ve lived in Vancouver for over a decade, yet I’ve never skied or snowboarded at Whistler let alone pay a visit in the summer. So I dragged my boyfriend up with me and we spent our first little getaway here. View Post