Hello all! Last Wednesday I swung by a local temple called Morinji, just next to the train station Morinjimae (it literally translates into “in front of Morinji.”) From the street, all you see is a sleepy little road lined with shuttered shops. I’ve only ever seen three total shops open at the same time, tops … Continue reading Morinji

Heian Shrine

こんにちは! Our Airbnb in Kyoto was located near a very beautiful and relatively young shrine called Heian Jingu. When I say “relatively young,” I’m referring to the fact that it was built in 1895 — for the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto’s establishment as capital of Japan! I didn’t learn until visiting this shrine that Kyoto’s … Continue reading Heian Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha

おはようございます! Of all the beautiful places we saw, the shrine Fushimi Inari Taisha was our absolute favourite. It’s just 10 minutes from Kyoto Station, so on our last day we dropped off our luggage at some lockers, hopped on the train, and explored this magical place before we returned to Tatebayashi and everyday life. From … Continue reading Fushimi Inari Taisha