Gion is an exclusive well known geisha district in Japan and it's a must do/must see on any tourist's list in Kyoto :) But even though you're expecting to see geishas all around the streets, it is quite rare to see them. Actually, this one was the only authentic geisha that we have seen in Gion :) And trust us, she was lovely! Her makeup, her outfit, her hair, everything was perfect about her!

Gion is an exclusive well known geisha district in Japan and it's a must do/must see on any tourist's list in Kyoto :) But even though you're expecting to see geishas all around the streets, it is quite rare to see them. Actually, this one was the only authentic geisha that we have seen in Gion :) And trust us, she was lovely! Her makeup, her outfit, her hair, everything was perfect about her!

Matcha tea ceremony is probably the most amazing experience we had in Japan. The preparation of the powdered green matcha tea, using the bamboo tea whisk to mix the tea and the hot water is not as easy as it seems. And you have to do it properly, as there are a set of rules which you must follow accordingly :) It is a complex rithual, which comprises the Japanese essence and culture. A totally must do when in Kyoto!

Matcha tea ceremony is probably the most amazing experience we had in Japan.

The best way to see the Victoria Harbour is by far on a traditional sampan boat (or junk boat), the traditional Cantonese boats - the red-sail ones :) They are traversing the waters of the bay and they offer an extraordinary experience! The problem is that there are not so many of them anymore (they have been replaced by more modern boats). But this one is Aqua Luna, a traditional red-sailed Chinese JUnk Boat, probably the most famous one in HK :)

The best way to see the Victoria Harbour is by far on a traditional sampan boat (or junk boat), the traditional Cantonese boats - the red-sail ones :) They are traversing the waters of the bay and they offer an extraordinary experience! The problem is that there are not so many of them anymore (they have been replaced by more modern boats). But this one is Aqua Luna, a traditional red-sailed Chinese JUnk Boat, probably the most famous one in HK :)

Can you believe that Hong Kong has almost 1300 skyscrapers (buildings taller than 100m)?!  And guess what, you can see them for free from the IFC 55th floor, where you will find the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which has an exhibition area, which tourists can visit for free (only a registration is required at the reception based on your passport).

Can you believe that Hong Kong has almost 1300 skyscrapers (buildings taller than 100m)?! And guess what, you can see them for free from the IFC 55th floor, where you will find the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which has an exhibition area, which tourists can visit for free (only a registration is required at the reception based on your passport).

Perhentian Islands are a small group of beautiful islands in NE Malaysia, having 2 main islands (the most touristic ones):  Perhentian Besar - dedicated to families and people seeking for some peace and quiet and Perhentian Kecil - dedicated to younger people, backpackers and those seeking for great parties on the beach :) If you want to reach these islands, go to Kota Bharu (by plane) and then go by either bus or car to Kuala Besut. From there you'll have ferries going to Perhentian…

Perhentian Islands are a small group of beautiful islands in NE Malaysia, having 2 main islands (the most touristic ones): Perhentian Besar - dedicated to families and people seeking for some peace and quiet and Perhentian Kecil - dedicated to younger people, backpackers and those seeking for great parties on the beach :) If you want to reach these islands, go to Kota Bharu (by plane) and then go by either bus or car to Kuala Besut. From there you'll have ferries going to Perhentian…

Northern part of Hong Kong Island is so famous for its amazing double decker trams! They have been running since 1904 and they continue to be one of the best public transportation options for both tourists and locals. And the best part is that they are really cheap, only 2,3 HK dollars (0,3 euros)! Whenever in Hong KOng, take a ride with the tram, so that you can feel the real British influence and atmosphere in Hong Kong :)

Northern part of Hong Kong Island is so famous for its amazing double decker trams! They have been running since 1904 and they continue to be one of the best public transportation options for both tourists and locals. And the best part is that they are really cheap, only 2,3 HK dollars (0,3 euros)! Whenever in Hong KOng, take a ride with the tram, so that you can feel the real British influence and atmosphere in Hong Kong :)

Hikone Castle is a lovely castle from the Japanese Edo-period, one of the few castles in Japan considered a national treasure. It was built in 1622 and what is really amazing is that this is an original castle, which hasn't been affected or destroyed during its history. It is simply intact, exactly as it was in the past!

Hikone Castle is a lovely castle from the Japanese Edo-period, one of the few castles in Japan considered a national treasure. It was built in 1622 and what is really amazing is that this is an original castle, which hasn't been affected or destroyed during its history. It is simply intact, exactly as it was in the past!

We've seen cherry blossoms for the first time in Japan in Kawagoe (30 mins away from Tokyo), on Shingashi River. It was such a spectacular view, so colorful and charming! And what's the best thing about this place is that it is not so crowded (even though it is a touristic town). But usually people prefer Tokyo, and you'll only see here locals or off the beaten track tourists - which is lovely :)

We've seen cherry blossoms for the first time in Japan in Kawagoe (30 mins away from Tokyo), on Shingashi River. It was such a spectacular view, so colorful and charming! And what's the best thing about this place is that it is not so crowded (even though it is a touristic town). But usually people prefer Tokyo, and you'll only see here locals or off the beaten track tourists - which is lovely :)

Walking the streets of Kyoto without having any destination in mind is probably the best thing you can do on a rainy day in Japan. Discovering off the beaten track sites, finding some unknown shrines, some peaceful places where you can enjoy the beauty of the ending sakura season (that explains the fallen cherry petals on the street :)

Walking the streets of Kyoto without having any destination in mind is probably the best thing you can do on a rainy day in Japan. Discovering off the beaten track sites, finding some unknown shrines, some peaceful places where you can enjoy the beauty of the ending sakura season (that explains the fallen cherry petals on the street :)

Sakura season is not amazing only during the full cherry blossom days. Oh no, no way! It is even more amazing when the cherry petals are falling from the trees, as if it's raining with petals. It was pouring rain when we visited Kyoto, but it was so beautiful to walk through the rain. The rain of petals :)

Sakura season is not amazing only during the full cherry blossom days. Oh no, no way! It is even more amazing when the cherry petals are falling from the trees, as if it's raining with petals. It was pouring rain when we visited Kyoto, but it was so beautiful to walk through the rain. The rain of petals :)

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