Top Ancient Temples in Japan Every Traveller Must See
When in Japan, temple hopping is part and parcel of travelling. The good thing is that there are plenty of temples in almost every corner of the country. In fact, there are already 2,000 temples in Kyoto alone. It’s hard to imagine how many are there in total.
Back in 2016, I posted a lot of articles on the site about my visit to Japan and here are some more additions to that chapter. Take a look at the ancient temples that need to be added to your bucket list.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)
Kyoto is a great place to start because it’s a temple hotspot as mentioned earlier. Dubbed the ‘Heart of Japan’, Japanology describes Kyoto as a shining example of a city that preserves tradition while welcoming modernity. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the must-visit temples in the city, and it’s also one of the oldest in Japan. It was built in 778 without the use of any nails, as the builders relied on their ingenuity to interlock wooden planks and columns together. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the temple’s lights illuminate the vibrant colours of the surrounding landscape.
Getting lost in Lisbon isn’t as scary as it sounds. Lisbon is a city boasting rich architecture, pastel buildings and hidden gems around every corner. As a city famed for its street art, you can expect to find glorious paintings on the side of a shop as you would in a modern art museum, it keeps you on your toes, keeps your eyes constantly moving and gives you an experience you can only have in Lisbon.
You can make your search for street art a priority, or you can stumble across it as you go, the latter of which is what we opted for. You’d be surprised just how easily you’ll end up running into famous pieces of art when stumbling from attraction to attraction, or in my case, from pastel de nata to pastel de nata.
Here are some areas to check out:
Welcome to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and a hilly city full of fantastically fun places to visit, things to eat (we’re talking natas here) as well as an incredible alternative scene, with LX Factory at the heart of it.
We’re back with another budget travel post, as Lisbon can be an exceptionally cheap city to stay in, with tons of Airbnbs and budget hotels available, as well as cheap, frequent flights from the UK and all over Europe, as well as a massive amount of options when it comes to food.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Between being ill and spending a month travelling around the USA, it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and typed something up.
A couple of months ago I travelled to Nerja, a coastal town in Southern Spain for my sister’s wedding. Nerja is known for its gorgeous seaside views from the Balcón De Europa, long beaches and gorgeous white architecture.
Did I get up to a great deal in Nerja? Kinda, I spent tons of time with family and friends, being there for a wedding was a much different ‘travel’ experience than any I’ve had before. It mainly involved a lot of nursing hangovers around a pool – that’s something I could get used to.
Edinburgh is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. I don’t know anyone who has anything but the highest of praise for this gorgeous place full of history, great views and banging food.
Below are a couple of things you can get up to in Scotland’s Capital
Live your Harry Potter fantasy
Edinburgh is the birthplace of Harry Potter, more on that later, and Hogwarts itself is located within Scotland, so you can really get your jush as a Harry Potter fan. You’ll find a few Harry Potter themed stores in Edinburgh, namely on the colourful Victoria street, again, more on that later.
You can get yourself a bottle of Butterbeer in The Boy Wizard, one of the biggest and most fun Harry Potter attractions there is in the city.