Mount Hiei makes a nice little escape from the maddening crowds of other Kyoto’s main attraction. It is a quiet place and somehow walking in the dense forest of towering cedar trees made me feel good. It was peaceful. There were not many tourists around on a weekday when I visited. I would recommend that you visit this sacred mountain for its natural beauty and it is one of the many places in Japan where tradition meets history and you might be pleasantly surprised 😊...
Kyoto was the former capital of Japan until 1869 and was the residence of the Japanese emperor between AD 794 and 1868. Kyoto has so much culture, food, vibrancy and history to indulge in, that one cannot have too many days in that cultural city. Strolling through Gion or Pontocho to steal a glimpse of the geisha, visiting the many iconic temples or experiencing a traditional ryokan stay will leave you with lasting memories. No matter how much time you spend in Kyoto, saying ‘goodbye’ will always be hard. For me, these were my Top 5:...
Himeji is a City in the Kansai region of Japan, in the Hyogo Prefecture. It is easily accessible from Kyoto or Osaka (see below) and makes a brilliant day trip. My top picks for a day-trip to Himeji are just three places which should be in any visit list to this region. Himeji is home… Continue reading Day Trip to Himeji (姫路) – Castles, Gardens & Temples
No matter where you go in Japan, you will find something that they call “soft cream”, described as silky and smooth. In English, we call it simply as “soft serve ice cream,” the soft ice-cream served on a wafer-cone which ..
I think a visit to the UK or London is never complete without a trip to Windsor, the home of the historic Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, is the residence of the British Royal family for over 1000 years and is said to be the Queen’s favourite… Continue reading Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Hiroshima is a vibrant modern city, having risen from its ashes of the past. It is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the southwest of Japan’s Honshu Island. Hiroshima's natural beauty can be seen in its impressive Chugoku Mountains to the north and the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea in the south.… Continue reading Hiroshima & Itsukushima Shrine/Miyajima Island – 2 Days
“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk, pressed into solid white blocks. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks. It was the luxury food of the Shoguns in the early Edo period (1603-1868), and farmers were only allowed to eat on special days. Today, you can enjoy an exquisite meal of tofu, from starter to main course and dessert in a traditional Japanese setting at Yodofu Sagano.
Uji is a historical city in the green valley of South Kyoto. It is popular for its two World Heritage sites, the Byodoin Temple and the Ujigami shrine. In addition, Uji is famous for the superior quality of Green Tea and the Tale of Genji, the world’s first novel. Uji is easily accessible (see below:… Continue reading Kyoto, Uji (宇治) – A Day Trip
The majestic Niagara Falls was a magical experience and I am sure it is on everyone’s bucket list! If it is not, get it in – because you will be blown with total wonder and amazement at the six million cubic feet of water which goes over the crest of the falls every minute, at… Continue reading 3 Days in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Winery Hopping Niagara Ontario Canada especially along the shores of Lake Ontario is gaining international recognition as a wine region as it is home to over 50 wineries. About 25 vineyards are dotted within a landscape of 15 to 20 minutes outside of Niagara Falls. So, following the Wine Route of Ontario through the countryside… Continue reading Niagara Falls, Ontario. Day 3 – Winery Hopping
Chicago is a beautiful city with skyscrapers, amazing architecture, world class museums, beautiful parks and food from around the world for you to immerse in when you visit. It is the third most populous city in the United States and is situated on a huge lakefront, on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan… Continue reading Chicago
Geneva has it all! From chateaus, vineyards, romantic hotels to high-end Michelin stars cosy dining and mountains to lighthouses! Geneva is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend. Geneva is a City by the Lake, Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as known to the locals here and is surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains… Continue reading Geneva
I have an absolute craze for trying local food. So, when visiting Hiroshima, my first dinner in the City was to visit an Okonomiyaki restaurant to try one of its mouth-watering okonomiyaki and fresh oysters which Hiroshima is famous for. Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese savoury pancake filled with a variety of ingredients such as… Continue reading Okonomiyaki-Hiroshima’s Soul Food
On the opposite side of the park to Todaiji, across the road is the Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) shrine, dedicated to the deity that protects the city. Legend has it that Takemikazuchi no Mikoto, travelled from Ibaraki, northern Japan on a white deer all the way to Mt. Mikasa, a holy mountain, to reside on its… Continue reading Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) shrine
Next to Kyoto, Nara is a city that is rich in cultural legacy of temples, shrines and gardens. It is easy to get to, less than an hour train journey from either Osaka or Kyoto and makes a nice destination for a day trip, for individuals, couples and families. It has eight UNESCO World Heritage… Continue reading Nara
I had visited Paris on several occasions, but these visits were mainly dedicated to what my kids wanted to do. It was not until March 2015, when I made a solo trip to Paris for a few days that I understood why Paris bridges were covered with Love Locks and is regarded as the City… Continue reading Paris – Top 5 on a lazy getaway to Paris
Besides temples, shrines, gardens and history that goes back centuries in Kyoto, flea markets are also a nice addition which should not be missed! There are, typically undated information on the best flea markets in Japan, so, here, I have just listed two which is a Kyoto’s MUST SEE! On 21st of each month, the… Continue reading Top 2 Kyoto’s Markets – A Must GO! A Must SEE! A Must BUY! Trip.