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  • Treat yourself to autumn leaves viewing in Japan
    Viewing autumn leaves sites in Tokyo and Kyoto
    Koyo (colorful leaves) viewing is to autumn what cherry blossoms viewing is to spring all over Japan. Both of these highly popular seasonal activities are deeply rooted traditions. When they are celebrated they’re bound to be viewing party...
  • Will sleeping pods replace traditional hotel rooms?
    Will sleeping pods replace traditional hotel rooms?
    Can you imagine foregoing a luxury, or even standard, hotel room and choosing a futuristic sleeping pod instead? If the idea intrigues you, and you happen to be in Kyoto, give the Nine Hours Hotel a try.The Nine Hours Hotel literally offers guests...
  • Teen's $54K bar tab for 16-year-old’s whisky, women: Bar, American Express pays
    Teen's $54K bar tab for 16-year-old’s whisky, women: Bar, American Express pays
    A teen’s $54K bar tab which paid for a 16-year-old teen's time with attractive women, whisky, and champagne for the price of $3,700 per bottle, is the responsibility of the 16-year-old’s father, the bar, and American Express,...
  • World leaders gather in Qatar for climate change talks (Video)
    World leaders gather in Qatar for climate change talks (Video)
    World leaders are meeting for two weeks of climate change talks in Qatar this week, one week after the World Bank issued a scientific report warning against theeffects that climate change will have on the world. The talks opened on Monday, Nov. 26...
  • Kyoto, Japan: Three Days in My Favorite Destination
    Kyoto: Three days in Japan's favorite destination
    For those who visit Japan, whether on business or pleasure, their destination is oftentimes Tokyo. One great thing about Japan is the phenomenal mass transportation system. You can hop on the shinkansen or bullet train and be in another major city...
  • Dojo Etiquette 2 – Martial artists making a difference
    Dojo Etiquette 2: Martial artists making a difference
    Maintaining dojo etiquette also means attention to the small details that are often the ones that people notice most on their first visit as either a potential student or a guest.I noticed when I was in Japan that many of the homes and temples I...
  • Siblings enjoy Gion Matsuri
    Kyoto
    A must see on every traveler's itinerary, it is easy to see why. Kyoto is incredible. It is easy to see why itismost visitors'favorite city in Japan. At least a weekis recommended here to do justice to the sights. This is old Japan. Geisha...
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    Japan: Kyoto
    Map of the trip so farThe gorgeous city of Kyoto is located in the magnificent Tamba highlands, surrounded by three majestic mountains the Higashiyama, Kitayama, Nishiyama, and is nestled in the Yamashiro Basin. It is a three hour train trip away...
  • Airfare is a killer, but the travel is worth it.
    Problem #15: Airfare
    It’s no secret these days that airfare is outrageous. It costs upwards of three hundred dollars to fly from Washington State to California and looking at the cost to fly overseas can give you a headache all by itself. The best thing to do is...
  • You gain a day traveling to Japan plus several hours.
    Problem #13:Time Zones
    Time zones are something every international traveler faces. It's hard to keep track of what time zone you're entering and leaving if you're a frequent traveler or even when you're not. Most people get so busy planning their trip...
  • The Cardiff airport.
    Problem #12: Getting to the airport
    Anyone who's been to SeaTac knows that it can practically be a suicide attempt getting in there. There's traffic on the way and traffic once you're in. Airports are notorious for being confusing and stressful to drivers and it really...
  • Ecostyle scooting!
    What the heck is a Meguru?
    Meguru? What the heck! Well, for starters, it's a car that looks like a fancy schmancy rickshaw. The vehicle is made out of...you're not ready for this...bamboo and paper! The pricetag for this lil' number is just under $10,000 and it...
  • Shops at a temple in Kyoto.
    Problem #7: Souvenirs
    There’s no point in traveling and not bringing back souvenirs. They don’t have to be expensive, just a little nick knack to put on a bookshelf or a coffee table. Any big cities has plenty of key chains and spoons specific to that area....
  • Inside of a ryokan in the Gion District of Kyoto.
    Something to Do: Stay in a ryokan
    A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese hotel that usually includes a full dinner and breakfast. It is a far different experience for anyone from the States, let along Washington. Ryokans are styled after traditional Japanese homes, including beds that...