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32: Japan Travel Part 2 (Sumo Wrestling, Geisha, and the Countryside)

September 27, 2018

Our six weeks in Japan were unforgettable. Getting the chance to see how cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto differ was quite an experience. Mixing in time along the countryside in Kyotango was a treat. The stillness and peacefulness of our lakeside guesthouse were fantastic as we listened to the water while falling asleep at night. Sumo Wrestling was a highlight and a sports bucket list event I have imagined for years. Spotting a Geisha in Kyoto was an incredible moment to capture the beauty on film in a rare opportunity. We discuss all of this and more as we present our final three weeks in the remarkable country and give our insights on why you should add it to your travel list soon. Main Topics Covered: Kyoto Kyotango Tokyo Links Mentioned in the Episode: Books We Love - Discover the books we have read and enjoyed during and before our travels Be sure to check out Podcast 29: Japan Travel Part 1 (Our First 3 Weeks) to listen to us arriving in Tokyo, and spending time in Kobe, Osaka, Koyasan, and Nara.  Near the Kamogawa River in Kyoto, Pontocho is a lively alley with restaurants lining each side.  The Nishiki Market is an interesting place to spend a day. Here, you can find delicious treats, handmade traditional crafts, ceramics, textiles, and more. Our time in Kyoto was during Typhoon Jebi which caused great destruction. Luckily our area that we were visiting was not harmed.  Great timing allowed us to witness a Geisha on here way to her Friday duties.  Kyotango is a beautiful country area of Japan on the west coast. We stayed at an amazing guesthouse with a wonderful family. Be sure to look up Atsushi and his family if you go.  The breakfasts were unbelievable. The fish were caught just feet away from where I ate it.  Having the chance to watch a Sumo Wrestling event was a treat and a sports bucket list item for me.  The Digital Art Museum in Tokyo has been getting a ton of press for it’s Instagram friendly displays. We enjoyed discovery the beauty on a rainy day.  Make sure you understand what to pack. Pack Less! Here is a great post on everything we packed in a single backpack.  Sign up for our Newsletter to get the latest tips in Travel and hear about our weekly visits around the world