As you all know, the.ego.tripper likes travelling. Otherwise I don’t think I would come up with a blog like this. But from all the travels I’ve done, there are a few that really stand out. And my trip to Japan was definitely one of those few. I talked to you earlier about getting a cheap flight to Tokyo, but my favorite Japanese city is – without a doubt – Kyoto. Why, you ask. I’ll tell you why: temples, temples, temples, food, sushi, nightlife, bars, food, more food, cabin hotels, maiko, arashiyama, bamboo, shrines, did I mention food? And bars? Sake? You get the point. Should I mention there are 17 locations in Kyoto that are currently on the UNESCO World Heritage list?

The old capital of Japan is actually Japan’s prettiest city, and with over 2000 temples and shrines one of the most cultural ones as well. Yes, I know, if you arrive by Shinkansen (bullet train) you’ll find yourself in a very futuristic train station with rooftop patio. And once you step out of the station, it’s all urban. Or so it seems. But if you start walking, you’ll notice there’s much more to it: Kyoto is not only an urban wonder, it also holds tons of natural treasures (like Arashiyama). And what about the fantastic ‘food trail’ along the river bank? A bottle of sake makes it even more cosy. And after you’ve been to the club where Ken Ishii spins his records (or he just happened to be there when I walked into this club, sorry can’t remember the name), you’ll head for your cabin hotel. Just open the drawer, lay down and get some relatively cheap sleep. In order to do exactly the same thing the next day.

the.ego.tripper loves family resorts, bingo, kids peeing in the pool, breakfast buffets, hotel animation, tourist traps and group day tours.

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