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Ryokan Heianbo

Welcome to Ryokan Heianbo in central Kyoto, my home for the next three nights.
Greetings from a traditional Japanese guesthouse (ryokan) in Kyoto!!

October 15th 2006
I am now in southern Honshu visiting the old Japanese city Kyoto, once the capital of Japan. In Kyoto I decided to go ahead and stay a few nights in a traditional Japanese guesthouse, called Ryokan in Japanese. It is kind of different from what we westerners are used to, although just like with western hotels the standard of ryokans varies from very basic ones to very luxurious ones with outdo ... read more
Asia » Japan » Kyoto

Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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