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Japan Diaries 2: Day 5

Day 5 (May 21, 2018)We woke up to yet another beautiful day here in Japan. The weather is great, perfect for our planned activities for today. 

To familiarize ourselves with the place where we will live for another three days, our plan for today is to have a walking tour around Kyoto Station which is quite near our place. I told my wife that she should be prepared to walk the whole day and I'm happy that she agreed. (Well that's one less problem for me).

< On the side note, my wife has been planning to meet up with Gil, her long-time Filipino friend who happened to have settled in Kyoto City after marrying a Japanese. However, it was a challenge for us to coordinate our moves with her as we did not avail of any pocket WIFIs or roaming numbers for our mobile devices. Regardless, we'd get to meet Gil as the story progresses... >

We left our Airbnb residence early so that our energy won't be quickly drained by the heat of the sun. Based on our itinerary, our first dest…

First Timer's Guide to Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass

Kyoto City is one of the most touristy destinations in Japan. There are numerous tourist destinations scattered around this 827.8 square kilometer city that commuting sometimes becomes too costly and stressful particularly for travelers who are on a tight budget. As of 2018, the fixed rate for city buses is 230 yen for adults and 120 yen for children per ride. Now, imagine riding the bus 5 times a day or more... Luckily, there is something that can remove this concern from the equation.

The Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass gives you that hassle-free and cost-efficient commuting experience during your visit. For just 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children, tourists can get that unlimited bus ride for a day.

However, before availing the Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass, one should keep these in mind first...

The pass can only be used for Kyoto City buses. You have to pay the fare if you're riding the Keihan or JR buses.The pass can only be used for Kyoto City buses which are within the fixe…

First Timer's Guide to Collecting Goshuin

Japan has always been the best country when it comes to souvenirs. Each city prides itself on its own product which is perfectly suited for the different tastes of tourists. As a travel blogger whose interest is mostly culture and history, I'm naturally inclined to buy souvenirs that remind me of the rich history and culture of the places that I have visited. Oftentimes, I am left with no other option but to buy refrigerator magnets, key chains, and pins. However, during my last visit to Japan, I discovered and got a unique souvenir that I think you'd also love to take home (and bring back to Japan next time you visit). This souvenir would surely remind you of Japan's cultural, religious, and historic side... this souvenir is none other than a goshuin collection.

A goshuin is described as a temple or shrine stamp/seal that is written by a temple priest called a kannushi in a special notebook called goshuincho which translates to "Honorable Red Stamp Book". (The go…


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