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The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Kyoto, has 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto Shrines. With 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritages, a tourist would never have to complain on what to do and see in the city that’s known to be the Cultural Capital of Japan. No wonder, Kyoto, is a must-see for travellers. Temples, however, will

Japan: Fushimi-inari Temple

Day 11: Fushimi-inari Temple Staying in Nara for less than 24 hours, is, of course, not advisable. Though Nara is just a small city with narrow roads (like other japanese cities), it’s parks and alleyways are to be consumed by walking. I did walk for an hour in the morning

Todai-ji Temple in Nara

Nara is Japan’s first real capital. We arrived in this small city in late afternoon while the sunset struggled to shine behind the heavy nimbus clouds. It looked it’s gonna rain any moment, but we thought it’s gonna hold up there while we were exploring Todai-ji Temple and its surroundings.

Ninja Museum

We left Shizuoka at 8:00 a.m. for a 6-hour trip to the Ninja Museum at Igaryu.  Ninja Museum is an interesting place where visitors are shown (or educated) to the world of Ninja. The museum looks like a farmhouse to me. It’s a deception, of course!  A ninja, named Taroujirou once lived

An early morning at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

I have no decent sleep—because I slept in a sauna last night. I woke at 4:30 a.m not because I had to go to Tsukiji Market to watch the tuna auction which starts at 5:30. Yes, I know it’s too early for a traveler to wake up, right? But, who would miss

Tokyo By Night Looks Like Paris

Tokyo by night looks like Paris. There’s a tower in the middle of the city that looks like an Eiffel Tower but a bit smaller in size. And where’s the best place to view Tokyo’s skyline at night? Head over to Roponggi Hills, known for the Japanese yuppies and fashionistas.

Capsule Hotel in Tokyo

I slept at a capsule hotel, called Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule Hotel. Boy, you’ve got to experience sleeping in a capsule hotel, which is more like sleeping inside your own tomb. 🙂 “Yes, I’d recommend it for the bizarre experience of it!” 😀 I was blown away by the 630 tomb-like capsules

Burning Joss Sticks at Sensoji Temple

I went to SensoJi Temple today to burn joss sticks. Like the rest of humanity, I have some wishes, too. 😉 I went there on late afternoon when students and working people were done with their daily routine. So, that’s why it was crowded. Youngsters came in fashionable but strange

Ming Tombs – Where Emperors Are Buried

A couple of days ago, I acted as a tourist guide to a gay couple who contacted me via this blog. They asked me for recommendations on what to do and see while they’re here in Beijing for a week. I sent them a list of recommendations and even directions

The Ancient Village of Cuandixia

Cuandixia is an ancient village that time forgot. Bored for making myself a prisoner this week due to my dry cough, I set out on a day trip outside Beijing. Together with a bicultural gay male couple, we hired a taxi from Pingguoyuan subway to the ancient village of Cuandixia.