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A Strange Day in Kyoto: Honpo-ji, the Kyoto Botanical Garden, (Nishiki Market) and Gion

Have you ever found yourself in a city for a visit, wanting to get the most of your time but not just run after the usual must-see sights (again) – and ended up with a day that was immensely dissatisfying, yet ultimately full of discoveries?

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7+ Must-See Kyoto Temples in a Day

Sightseeing shouldn’t be a marathon race. Sometimes, in between exploratory days to just see what can be found by chance, on errant walks, it can be nice to check off the must-see places.

It was actually by chance that I ended up doing a sweep across Kyoto, from one famous temple to the next, during just one day…

Fushimi-Inari Taisha – Sanju-sangen-do (- Yogen-in) – Kiyomizu-dera – Ginkakuji – Kinkakuji – Ryoan-ji – Ninna-ji (- Nishi-Hongwan-ji)

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Uji, Kyoto: The Wrong Side of the Tracks, the Right Side to Buy Matcha, #GetAtHome

I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that you should go to the south side of Uji, from the railway station, should you decide to go there at all.

North side, wrong side of the tracks. Nothing to see there.

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Osaka Impressions and the Expectations of Travel

It’s better to have seen once for yourself than heard a hundred times from others. Supposedly.

But is it? Do we really even see for ourselves?

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Kumano Kodo Bridge

On the Kumano Kodo, the Mountain Ascetics’ Pilgrimage Path

Going on a spiritual pilgrimage’s path in fastpacking fashion seemed a bit of an oddity even to me.

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Tokyo, the Village Megalopolis

Tokyo. The megalopolis. An urban agglomeration, home to millions of people, unbroken cityscape…

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Tokyo Skytree and the Distant View

Tokyo can only really be understood, or at least felt, on the ground and intimately.

For even beginning to get a grasp on this megalopolis, though, it helps to get a view from afar – and the prime spot for that is the Tokyo Skytree.

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Rome, In Different Views

When in Rome… You know what they say, but I’d actually recommend doing things a little differently.

One of the smallest of changes/challenges you can do to see things a little differently is avoiding the usual times for the must-see and must-do.

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#GetAtHome in China 8: A Profitable Gamble, Hiking Lion Rock Trail, Hong Kong

My plan in going to Hong Kong had been to seek out the route, more or less along Maclehose Trail, that the Fjällräven Classic’s expansion to Hong Kong will take.

I couldn’t even find out the exact route, though. So, I had already planned to only go on a part of Maclehose Trail, and to detour onto the Lion Rock trail.

Now, there was just one more day left until our flight back to Austria. Forecast for that day: Clearing skies.

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