After visiting supposedly the number one autumn destination of Kyoto — Tōfuku-ji — we walked through a residential area to get to thousands of brilliant orange torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha. Fushimi Inari Taisha is all about fox spirits. To add to this theme, we ate at a restaurant that was founded almost 500 years ago and featured iconic local dishes associated with the sacred fox spirits.
After strolling through the historical Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka area and grabbing iconic shots of the Yasaka Pagoda, we kept walking down Yasaka Dori. One of the highlights of this day trip popped up on our left — the very colorful temple, Yasaka Kōshin-dō. It is one of the most instagrammable places in Kyoto.
去過清水寺、走過產寧坂和二年坂、又拍完八坂塔之後，繼續沿著松原通往下走，左手邊就是本日行程重點之一、Instagram熱門打卡景點八坂庚申堂 (Yasaka Kōshin-dō)。
If you only had one day in Kyoto, the perfect itinerary would have to include a stroll through the historic districts of Higashiyama (東山). Start the day by paying a visit to Kiyomizu-dera where there is a 13-meter (43-foot) wooden temple constructed in the early 17th century without a single nail. Then walk through charming alleys of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka where you can find a wide range of iconic Kyoto dishes and souvenirs. Along the way there are lots of temples with distinct features. And wrap up this day in Gion where the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” was shot.
Nara (奈良) was the highlight of my trip to Japan in November. It was so relaxing and decompressing. I melted when I saw those deer. Nara is a must-see if you are ever visiting Osaka or Kyoto. he city is very relaxed. You could stroll through a huge public park that is home to over a thousand charming deer and some of Japan’s oldest temples and shrines that were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
You could do a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto and focus on the Nara Park for a few World Heritage sites, chill with the deer, and visit this neighborhood of traditional townhouses in Naramachi (奈良町). Staying in Nara for a night or two will allow you to visit the deer and shrines early in the morning, see more World Heritage sites, and enjoy more iconic Nara dishes.
We spent the morning hanging out with deer at two World Heritage status sites — Tōdai-ji and Kasuga-taisha. Then the afternoon was filled with delicious food and leisurely strolls in cute souvenir shops and charming neighborhoods.
Shipping all of the arts and artifacts from the Forbidden City in Beijing to Taipei is probably one of the smartest decisions that Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party ever made. Anthony Bourdain visited this museum and said he found the pork of his dreams — a meat-shaped stone that looks like a piece of marinated pork belly. The meat- shaped stone is as famous as the Jadeite Cabbage — a piece of jade carved into a cabbage with a camouflaged grasshopper on top.
After I shot at dawn and sunrise once, there is no going back. The lighting in midday is just too plain. So, during this recent trip to Chicago, I made my sister wake up early with me to go to the Millennium Park for the sunrise.