Kyoto, Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa

I visited Lake Biwa on the same day as I visited Mt Hiei as it was convenient to get to Lake Biwa from Mt Hiei, by taking the Sakamoto Cable car to the Shiga side to the base of the mountain to Sakamoto Station. This two-kilometres, 11-minute journey proved to be well-worth the money as it… Continue reading Lake Biwa

Japan, Kyoto Top 5

Kyoto – Top 5 MUST see places

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:...

Japan, Uji

Ujigami Shrine (宇治上神社) and the Uji Shrine

The Ujigami Shrine is believed to be constructed as early as 1060 during the Heian period and is the other World Heritage site. It is the guardian shrine to Byodoin Temple. This Shinto shrine has very simple architecture. The Honden or the main hall is built in the nagare-zukuri architectural style, which is a curved… Continue reading Ujigami Shrine (宇治上神社) and the Uji Shrine