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Otaku Kyoto

Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture -- but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely "Otaku" things to do in Kyoto (my daughter's objection to the term duly noted).

Going Ghibli: Visiting the Ghibli Museum

Visiting the whimsical Ghibli Museum is a must-do in Tokyo if you're a fan of the animation of Hayao Miyazaki. But getting tickets can be a bit challenging and confusing for foreign visitors. Here's what you need to know about the museum, including getting tickets and getting there.

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

The Path of Philosophy is a classic Kyoto walk -- especially in Spring as the path is lined with cherry trees. This is an extended route (with accompanying routemap) that takes you not only on the Tetsugaku no Michi itself, but also through many nearby temples.

Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks

I'm from Seattle, where there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner. So when travel, I tend keep away. But I'm glad I ended up going into the Gion Starbucks in Kyoto -- it's a different world than your average Starbucks.

Ten Zen: Temples in Kyoto

While I was visiting a temple in Kyoto, I heard someone repeating "this is the heart of Zen." Kyoto is, at least, the center of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and there were far more temples than I could visit during my time there. Here are ten that I visited from the highly touristed to the more remote.

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Going Ghibli: Visiting the Ghibli Museum

Visiting the whimsical Ghibli Museum is a must-do in Tokyo if you're a fan of the animation of Hayao Miyazaki. But getting tickets can be a bit challenging and confusing for foreign visitors. Here's what you need to know about the museum, including getting tickets and getting there.