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View across the pond at Eikando

View across the pond at Eikando

Winter is maybe not the most popular season to visit Kyoto. It being Kyoto, it is however not hard to find beauty. Of course it’s hard to measure up to the Sakura in bloom at Nanzen-ji’s Sanmon or the blazing maple leaves at Eikando in autumn. In winter, the views are more stark and austere which has its own charm. One definite advantage is that there is no sign of the crowds that ply the sights in spring and autumn.
Sanmon at Nanzen-ji

Sanmon at Nanzen-ji

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tokyo-nezu-museum-pond-reffert Just off of one of the fanciest shopping streets in Tokyo’s Omotesando, Nezu Museum is located. But it’s more than an art museum. Behind it, it hides one of the most amazing Japanese gardens of the metropolis, dark with leafy green and quiet ponds. The contrast to the modern and fashionable Omotesando could not be bigger. tokyo-nezu-museum-garden-reffert (more…)

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Hikone-Castle-Main-Keep-Reffert Staying for once for longer in the Kansai region, we were able to venture beyond Kyoto in our explorations. The town of Hikone, located on the shores of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake, is reachable from Kyoto in one hour by train, making it an easy day trip. Hikone Castle counts as one of the three best castles of Japan (after Himeji and Matsumoto).

View of Hikone Castle across Genkyu-en

View of Hikone Castle across Genkyu-en

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Japan-Kyoto-Kodaiji-Reffert2Kodai-ji is an all-time favorite of us in Kyoto – but I had never seen it by daylight! Both in spring and autumn, they have evening openings with light-ups, which we had gone to three times already (see here for a spring light-up). Now I made it there for the first time in the winter season, and during the day. Not surprisingly, it was a treat.

Dry landscape garden at Kodai-ji

Dry landscape garden at Kodai-ji

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Kyoto-traditional-Japan2-Reffert As I have said here before, one cannot spend too much time in Kyoto (or enough, for that matter). It’s not like we’ve seen all the sights worth seeing, but we’ve been there enough times that we feel we have the luxury of just strolling around aimlessly without feeling that we’re missing out on the big sights. And there are endlessly many charming corners to be discovered. Kyoto-traditional-Japan-Reffert (more…)

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Sakura-Chidorigafuchi-Tokyo-Reffert Sakura season has drawn to its close, hastened by a spell of windy and rainy weather here in Tokyo. But I still have a series of pictures from a few days ago, when the bloom was in its prime. It’s from one of Tokyo’s best sakura spots, Chidorigafuchi, along the Imperial Palace moat. Sakura-Chidorigafuchi-Tokyo-Reffert (more…)

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Japan-sakura3-Reffert Last year was the first time in five years we had missed the cherry bloom, and I’m so glad to be back for it this year! In this spirit, here comes another collection of close-up shots of the Sakura. Japan-sakura-Reffert (more…)

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