Three Geisha Walking Down the Street in Gion, Kyoto.

Gion: Where Geisha, Elegance, and Old Japan Meet

Gion: Much More than Geisha Unlike Nijo Castle and Ginkakuji, the beautiful Gion district in Kyoto’s Southern Higashiyama doesn’t suffer from having a more famous counterpart. Instead, it’s misunderstood. Is It Worth Visiting? A visit to Gion in Kyoto is something you need to do while you’re in Japan.  While there are crowds of tourists, … Read more

Jigokudani Monkey Park Japan: A bunch of monkeys bathing in the hot spring.

Jigokudani Monkey Park Japan

If you have ever seen a picture of a monkey bathing in an outdoor hot spring surrounded by snow in Japan, it was probably taken at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.  This park  is located in Yamanouchi city, in Nagano prefecture. Jigokudani means, “hell valley,” because of the many streams of steam that comes … Read more