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From the old merchants house from the Nineteenth Century, to an experience linking tea with Samurai and Geisha, here is a selection of some unique places for a Tea Ceremony, a quintessential Kyoto experience.
Every Sunday rockabilly dancers gather at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo
Seitai Hoshikai in Japanese means the Institute of the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist. It is a community of nuns living a life of dedication in a convent, located in a semi- rural area 8km north east from Akita City. It is accessible from JR Akita Railway Station or the cruise port terminal by bus or taxi.
The 2,000 Moso-bamboo garden at Hokokuji Temple in Kamakura is not only a great alternative to the iconic Sagano Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, it's a perfect escape for peace and tranquility.
Ashikaga Flower Park, wisteria blossoms during the Golden Week holidays—a photo story.
Retrace the steps of a forgotten princess in this sublime mountainside village just 40 mins north of Kyoto
Wazuka is a traditional Japanese tea town, with picturesque scenery and mind-clearing, heart-warming Japanese tea. Its tea industry dates back more than 800 years with 300 families making tea today. There is a teatopia festival each November, and it makes a great day trip from Kyoto or Nara. Why not try its tea flavoured soba.
Built in 1441 on the summit of a 1,000-foot mountain, the ruins of Takeda Castle cover an area a quarter of a mile in length and more than 300 feet in width.