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68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha on Inariyama mountain is dedicated to the Shinto gods of rice and sake, but Inari is also the god of merchants and that brings a lot of businesspeople to worship here. Everyone else stops by to see the thousands...

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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Lovely ladies in kimonos brave the rain in Kyoto. This was taken in front of Chion-in Temple near Gion earlier this week. Even in the pouring rain the Sakura, which are in full bloom, were lovely to behold and holding up nicely.
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan
This is one of my favorite places in Japan, and in the world. It is one of the most beautiful temples. It's very nice to come here when it's not crowded. I often try to come here during the rain, as odd as that sounds (that's when it is least...
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Most people, including myself, hear the word Gion and immediately think of Memoirs of a Geisha. While Gion is definitely known for the elusive Geiko's and Maiko's that roam the streets after dark, there is a lot more to this neighborhood that...
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Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
In western Kyoto, there is a very large forest of bamboo. As you can see in the photo, the shoots grow very tall, making those who stroll by look quite small. I'm sure there are times when this road is crowded, but when we were there, people were...
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Japan, 〒602-8216 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kamigyō-ku, Tatemonzenchō, 堀川通今出川南入西側
In the heart of the Nishijin textile district, the colorful textile center is worth taking a peek before continuing your stroll around beautiful Kyoto. Located in a modern building in Imadegawa, they offer tons of displays of completed fabrics and...
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Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
What's not to love in a covered arcade, jam-packed with stalls selling pickle, roast fish, toasty rice crackers, fresh fish, grilled meat, every fruit and vegetable, roasted chestnuts, freshly grilled mochi, sashimi on a stick, kushikatsu, green...
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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Japan, 〒603-8361 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kita-ku, Kinkakujichō, 1
Built in the 14th century as a villa for a powerful shogun, Kinkaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion, is an easy bus ride from the main bus terminal in Kyoto. The temple is one of the most popular buildings in...
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Japan, 〒600-8555 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Higashishiokōjichō, 京都市下京区烏丸通塩小路下ル東塩小路町
This hidden restaurant is located in Kyoto near the Gojo Ohashi Bridge. They serve Kyo-fu, which is made from wheat flour and has a tofu type of consistency. This was an important source of protein for Buddhist monks dating back to the 1350’s and...
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Japan, 〒600-8234 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, ホテルグランヴィア京都 烏丸通塩小路下ル東塩小路町901
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Kitcho has 3 Michelin stars and they serve Kaiseki style meals in private dining rooms facing formal Japanese gardens. Our Kitcho adventure involved a tight time frame, a frantic run to the bullet train and the most luxurious meal I've ever had...
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Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan
On a small side street, near the Palace Side Hotel, a small traditional house hides a gastronomical gem - sukiyaki! Shuck your shoes, step up onto the tatami map, sit on a cushion around a low, circular table and point to the sukiyaki of your...
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Zum See, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Zum See means "at the lake" but there is no lake here. There used to be one 200 to 300 years ago, when this area was an old hamlet. The restaurant is surrounded by historic chalets and fields where cows and sheep used to roam. The a la carte menu...
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Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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Chef Andrey Makhov of Cafe Pushkin recently contributed to AFAR, and opened his second location in New York. But if you are in Moscow, you will want to check the original out. Open 24 hours, with a great vibe. You may want to ask for Dmitri, a...
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Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
An unforgetable evening at one of the premier ballet houses in the world. If you are into ballet and art in general this is a must while in Moscow.
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Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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Can't have enough of it. And Cafe Pushkin delivers time and time again.
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Tsaritsyno District, Moscow, Russia
A summer residence for Ecaterina II, the park was closed during the soviet regime to be reopened few years ago after considerable renovation efforts. I truly enjoyed my time here.
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Zamoskvorechye District, Moscow, Russia
Some of Moscow's subway stations are to be found in guide books. No wonder. In some of them you feel like inside a museum or palace.
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7, Voznesenskiy Pereulok, Moskva, Russia, 125009
You will be hard pressed to believe this is a grocery store if you look up the walls and the ceiling. Not only you will get a great assortment of food and drinks here but you will be surrounded by art and artsy things (not sure how original or...
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Bol'shaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, 13/6, стр.1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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Coffeemania has different locations in Moscow. I like their offerings and the vibe. Pictured here is one of their amazing teas. If you are in Moscow, no matter the season, you need to try some tea.
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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
I walked around Moscow for a day, shielding my eyes from what, in my opinion, is the most beautiful building in the world, St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. I didn't want to see even a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye until I could enjoy...
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Tverskaya St, 3, Moskva, Russia, 125009
Possibly the best view to the Red Square in Moscow, is the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton. Have some Vodka and Sushi and enjoy the view. Keep Exploring...
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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
We landed in Moscow at night at 9pm on a cold winters night. After checking into hotel, we asked the hotel staff where Red Square was in reference to the hotel. She told us it was less than a 5 minute walk and the hotel staff said she got off in...
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Lodochnaya Ulitsa, 4, Moskva, Russia, 125362
Jet-lag be damned! After being whisked in from the Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, our hosts Oleg and Sergei took us to the Uzbekistanian restaurant Chaikhona No. 1, an otherworldly choice located within the city’s Gorky Park. Although apparently a...
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Malaya Bronnaya Street, 24, стр. 4, Moskva, Russia, 123104
Brownie Cafe is everything that most Moscow cafes are not: full of bright personality, smiling waiters, and wonderful food. The cafe, boasting an impressive open kitchen filled with retro-inspired, mint green equiptment, does an excellent job of...
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Smolenskaya Square, 3, Moskva, Russia, 121099
Book a late dinner in order to see both the sunset and nightlife aspects of White Rabbit, which offers panoramic Moscow views with excellent food . Be sure to end the night soaking up your surroundings with a hookah!
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Krasnaya ploshad, Moskva, Russia, 109012
If you can go to Red Square at night, do. If you can't, go during the day. Either way, definitely go see the quintessential center of Moscow. While foreigners go there (and get their photos taken with the Lenin and Stalin impersonators by the...
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Moscow, Russia, 129366
In the summer (or the winter), walking around here is a joy. There is a scale model of the solar system, people everywhere, and a giant monument to space exploration and the cosmonauts. Go on a weekend afternoon if you want to be with the crowds...
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Prospekt Mira, 111, Moskva, Russia, 129223
Located in the park with the scale model of the solar system and tucked underneath the giant monument to space exploration, there is this museum. It is an information and collection-dense museum. Among the many exhibitions of the museum, there are...
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Krimsky Val, 9, Moskva, Russia, 119049
This seems to be everyone’s favorite park to walk and meet up in for good reason. It’s filled with a huge ice-skating rink in the winter and bicycles and flowers all summer. There are little stands to get coffee or tea, people selling roasted corn...
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Sadovaya-Karetnaya Ulitsa, 20, стр. 2, Moskva, Russia, 127051
It wouldn't be a successful trip to Moscow without a Moscow Mule. Luckily you don't have to stick to tourist bars to do so. Delicatessen is a basement bar and down a strange side street that you would never expect to walk down. It appears as...
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The Kremlin - with its colored spires and ornate buildings housing captivating museums - does not disappoint. Climb the Ivan the Great bell tower for great views over Moscow, or simply meander the expansive grounds and soak in the atmosphere of...
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This fancy-yet-affordable dining option sits near Red Square and makes a perfect spot to re-energize after a morning exploring the Kremlin. Decorated like an old-style Soviet cafeteria, it specializes in traditional fare such as borscht (beetroot...
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This former chocolate factory was refurbished in 2010 into an arts and entertainment complex to suit the modern tastes of today’s Muscovites. On an island across from the Kremlin, the red brick complex houses art galleries, restaurants, shops,...
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This awesome bar concept for Moscow’s hipsters makes it feel like you’re simply in someone’s apartment, other than the staff and multiple seating options. The proprietors often sit at the piano and belt out jazz and rock standards, and the vodka...