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


こんばんは! Last weekend we went to the Buddhist temple called Kiyomizudera, which means “Pure Water Temple.” It was a short bus ride from our Airbnb, so we set out early, arriving at the bottom of the road around 9:30am. It was already busy! There were lots of shops just opening up selling souvenirs and yatsuhashi, a … Continue reading Kiyomizudera