Nara, Japan

Spring in Japan: Todaiji + Kofukuji Temple

Posted In: Japan | Nara | Travel
After walking around Nara Park and stopping to smell the cherry blossoms, we continued on to Todaiji Temple also known as the Great Eastern Temple, to see one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha. Like the deer, Todaiji is a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 and was the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples in Japan. It[...]
Nara, Japan

Spring in Japan: Nara Park

Posted In: Japan | Travel
On the third day of our Spring in Japan trip we took a 40 minute train ride from Osaka to Nara! The city now known as Nara used to be called Heijo, and was Japan's first permanent capital in the year 710. The capital was later moved to Nagaoka in 784, and a few years later to Kyoto. Due to its past the city contains a lot of historic treasures, including so[...]
Kyoto, Japan

Why You Should Rent Kimonos in Kyoto

Posted In: Japan | Kyoto | Travel | Travel Advice
The Japanese kimono is easily one of the world's instantly recognizable traditional garments, that dates back to over a thousand years ago. Renting and wearing a kimono in Japan is a big touristy experience everyone should participate in. Are you planning a trip to Japan? Here are 5 reasons why I think you should rent a kimono in Kyoto or anywhere in Japan[...]
Kyoto, Japan

Spring in Japan: Kimonos in Higashiyama

Posted In: Japan | Kyoto | Travel
After flying in, settling into our hostel and exploring a bit of Osaka on our first day. Our second was spent in Kyoto wearing kimonos. We rented them online and decided it would be perfect to wear kimonos in Higashiyama, the historic district of Kyoto. Sadly it rained... and we tried to savor as much as I could of our time in kimonos, so there aren't many g[...]
Osaka, Japan

Spring in Japan: Osaka Castle Park

Posted In: Japan | Osaka | Travel
You guys, I finally made it to Kyoto in the Spring (well back in 2017) with my friend Katie, of course. Let me tell you... there is really nothing better than Japan in the Spring! We actually stayed in Osaka at the cutest place called Lucky's Hostel, because we couldn't find any place to stay in Kyoto. If you're wondering, it is super doable to stay in Osaka[...]
Okinawa, Japan

L.I.T. Guide to Okinawa: Introduction / 10 things to know before you go

Are you currently researching a possible trip to Okinawa, Japan? Okinawa has been slowly getting the attention of people all over the world. You've probably read an article or two about the great number of centenarians (people over the age of 100) living in Ogimi Village. Maybe you saw the documentary Happy, where Okinawa is mentioned as one of the happiest[...]