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Japan Diaries 3: Day 5

Day 5 (December 23, 2019) Good morning from Kyoto City, Japan!
For today's adventure, we are going to shift gears from "Family Mode" to a "Tri-group Mode".
The first group consists of my parents and my sister Aya. They plan to have a walking tour around Kyoto Station and also go shopping for souvenirs and Christmas gifts for our relatives in the Philippines. 
The second group consists of my wife and daughter. They will be heading to our godfather's house in Kumatori, Osaka where they'd spend a few days. My wife plans to cook some dishes and desserts for our upcoming Christmas Eve dinner with them. 

The third group consists of me and my brother Patrick. We plan to visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and hike Mt. Inari. Afterward, we'll try to visit as many shrines and temples that we could for the day. 

For this article, I'll focus mostly on my adventures with my brother. Speaking of our adventure, it began early in the morning right after our hearty breakfast.…

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Kyoto Station Illumination 2019

Kyoto Station serves as Kyoto's main entry point which means it handles roughly thousands of local and foreign tourists per day. However, little do most know that Kyoto Station in itself a tourist destination. 
Kyoto Station Illumination DetailsThe station has plenty of restaurants for food trippers, it also has numerous stores for shoppers. For those who love panoramic views, they can head up to Kyoto Station's Observation Deck or the Skywalk on the 10th floor.

However, for those visiting on the months of November to March, Kyoto Station offers something worth seeing. During these months some areas of Kyoto Station are lit up with magnificent light displays commonly called in Japan as illumination festivals. Kyoto Station has several illumination attractions in different parts of its vicinity.  Skywalk Illumination First is the Skywalk illumination on the 10th floor of the station. It features the Tunnel of Lights Illumination. The glass walkway lights up with different light pat…


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