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Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her first trip to Japan and the seven temples that were her favorites – […]

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Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture… as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two ryokans – one truly traditional and one hip […]

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