Takayama which is located in the mountainous region of Hida in the Gifu Prefecture is among the cities in Japan that has retained a traditional touch, most especially the beautiful and well-preserved old town. .. .. The city is also known for the Takayama Festival, a festival that is held which dates back from the mid 1600s where spring and fall is celebrated with parades featuring puppet shows and ornate floats. Additionally, Takayama is also a gateway to exploring one of the most famous farm village and a UNESCO Heritage, the Shirakawa-go. .. .. By simply looking at photos of Takayama online, I've already been convinced to check out the traditional town without any second thoughts. UNESCO Heritages such as Hida No Sato and Shirakawago were probably the most interesting since it is a lot different from those that I've seen in Japan. Additionally, Takayama serves up authentic Japanese culture and heritage that will surely pique your interest and just discover more about Japan. .. .. Read more about traveling to Takayama by following the link on bio. .. .. .. #japan#takayama#travel#wanderlust#picoftheday#igtravel#instapassport#passionpassport#traveler#goexplore
I've been speaking about overtourism a lot lately and how it negatively affects a certain city. But let's not forget as well that tourism has its advantages and benefits, most especially when it's done properly. Sustainable Tourism as they say. So what are some benefits of tourism? .. .. 1. It provides opportunities for smaller cities and rural areas. Businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and any centers that promote their culture can help them advance. (Though I'd say keeping the authenticity is important. .. .. 2. It helps during financial crisis. One way for a country to raise funds is through tourism. .. .. 3. It provides growth for smaller businesses. Who knows, that tiny window cafe where you had your noodles could own a bigger restaurant. .. .. 4. Allows us to understand more about our differences. Traveling is a better way to know more about a city, their culture, and people. Media has been some source of hate and ignorance these days. So one way for me to balance what I hear from mainstream media is by traveling. .. .. .. .. #traveler#travelmore#travel#ilovetravel#igtravel#instatravel#instapassport#passionpassport#igtravel#tourism#sustainabletourism#responsibletravel#wanderlust#picoftheday#photooftheday#goexplore#goingplaces
While spring season started, I still can't get over the autumn season in Kyoto. Will definitely revisit Japan during the cherry blossom season. .. .. .. .. .. #traveler#travelmore#goexplore#japan#kyoto#autumn#wanderlust#picoftheday#photooftheday#passionpassport#instapassport#instatravel#igtravel#ilovetravel#beautifuldestinations#autumncolors#instadaily
After a long break, I've gone back to my blog. When it felt like I'm just doing a typical post, I've realized that I wanted to do something different. That is to talk about overtourism in a more detailed manner. .. .. Tourism is a good business and it can provide a cushion in times of financial crisis. It's likely to grow as middle class individuals are now able to travel more, millenials having that constant desire for adventure as well as the existence of budget hotels and low cost carriers. They've contributed to the rise of tourism, thus the term overtourism or mass tourism. .. .. Overtourism is simply too much but case varies per city. It's causes differ as well, so it's important to establish whether it is driven by tourism in general or plain social behavior. This is to properly address the issue and come up with solutions in favor of both. .. .. I've used this photo of Maya Bay. It has been closed indefinitely due to the damage tourism has brought to its ecosystem. Come to think of it, it is both driven by tourism and somewhat social. So many agencies hosting tripa to the island thus many boats parked near the shore and while trash and garbage were caused by tourists. .. .. Nowadays where travel is becoming popular and it is expected to grow, promoting responsible traveling and sustainable tourism is important. This is to ensure that the places we've been to can also be visited by the next coming generation. .. .. .. .. .. .. #travelgram#travel#traveler#tourism#sustainabletourism#responsibletravel#igtravel#instatravel#instravel#igtravel#wanderlust#goexplore#travelmore#picoftheday#photooftheday#passionpassport#instapassport
Fushimi Inari Taisha is considered as the head shrine of the god Inari. It's location is also in a mountain named Inari where it'll take around two hours on foot to reach the peak. That walking through a path of shrines that stretches to around 2.5 miles. .. .. This attraction in Japan is another place that can be explored at night or early morning. So ditch the crowd and arrive early. After that, you can enjoy some local snacks near the station or head on to see how sake is made. .. .. .. .. .. #japan#kyoto#travelmore#travel#wanderlust#igtravel#instatravel#instapassport#passionpassport#travelgram#photography#photooftheday#picoftheday#fushimiinari#momentsofmine#shrines#goexplore#beautifuldestinations#goingplaces#natgeo#natgeotravel#instagrammers#igers
Autumn Season in Japan is beautiful. Mountains, roads, and parks are filled with different colors from the autumn foliage. Red, yellow, orange shades were really attractive. .. .. When visiting Japan during Autumn and even spring, never take a leaf from the tree. You can take those that fell off. I saw a tourist being called out by a local who took a leaf directly from the tree. Also, do not attempt to shake the trees to cause the leaves to fall off just for an "instagram" photo. Trust me, there were some instances like these that happened. .. .. .. .. .. .. #travelmore#travel#ilovetravel#instatravel#passionpassport#instapassport#japan#kyoto#autumn#wanderlust#picoftheday#photooftheday#photography#responsibletravel#sustainabletravel#ilovetravel#goexplore#nature#travelgram#igtravel#instadaily
Eating local dishes is part if the experience when traveling. That's a common response from those who travel and have tried different cuisine. That for every flavor lingering in their taste buds, it gives them a unique experience. .. .. For me, there's more to it than just simply saying "for the experience". I choose a street vendor in Siem Reap than a luxury or mid-level restaurant. Smaller cafes and eateries are also my go to when searching for local flavors. Yes, you have to ensure that food is well-prepared and no issues with sanitation. Patronzing small businesses helps them grow and if ingredients are also sourced locally, local farmers grow their produce. Additionally, it helps a country increase their GDP. .. .. .. .. #travel#ilovetravel#igtravel#instapassport#instatravel#wanderlust#food#picoftheday#photooftheday#travelmore#goexplore#foodtravel#foodporn#instagrammers#travelgram#korea#bibimbap#dining
Early morning trips help reduce the crowd in popular areas in Kyoto. And a good morning exercise as well. Promoting morning trips help in spreading out tourism especially for such known city like Kyoto. Here are some attractions that you can check out before sunrise. .. .. 📍 Kiyomizudera Temple 📍 Ninnezaka and Sannenzaka Slope 📍 Fushimi-inari Taisha If you are a DIY traveler, you can help ease up the congestion brought by a huge tourist crowd by doing this. And for some travel agencies, maybe you can include this in your itinerary. . . . . . #japan#kyoto#photography#traveling#traveler#igers#instagram#momentsofmine
Hitting the streets of Kyoto early morning helps reduce the crowd. Yasaka Shrine which is close to famous alleys such as Ninnenzaka and Sannenzaka at times can also attract the crowd. The temple and environment of this attraction looks very traditional. .. .. These places are oftem crowded late morning and in the afternoon. So it is highly necessary to spread tourism around Kyoto and across the hours. Here are a few thoughts: .. .. 1. DIY travelers should consider morning trips. They have a flexible schedule and adjusting visit time in areas to avoid allows more time to enjoy and appreciate the place. .. .. 2. Travel Agencies must also consider morning trips as well. With a huge group, blending in a crowd would make more crowded. There are some attractions in Kyoto that can be visited early morning. Agencies shoulf at least include one to be visited in those hours. .. .. 3. Some attractions can also be opened for early morning visits. Create an activity or presentation to draw in a few tourists. .. .. 4. Promoting other attractions not well known. Honestly, I cannot find an unattractive attraction in Kyoto. There are so many shrines and temples that aren't. receiving much attention. Promoting these can help spread tourism around the area. .. .. Kyoto's case when it comes to overcrowding isn't really something that tourism has caused. But rather it is social in nature and how people travel within the city. Addressing it requires every key players' participation and honestly their participation also addresses burdens brought about by mass tourism. Tourism ministry, travel agencies, bloggers, influencers, travelers, and organizations that promote travel and whose source of income is travel. .. .. #travel#wanderlust#kyoto#japan#overtourism#tourism#beautifuldestinations#traveler#solotravel#ilovetravel#goexplore#travelmore#places#goingplaces#travelgram#instatravel#igtravel#instapassport#passionpassport
Ninenzaka is another famous alley in Kyoto that displays an elegant traditional view. ✨✨✨ I took this photo around 7 o'clock in the morning and it feels a lot different than walking around peak hours. In the early hours where there's not much crowd, you can definitely feel the traditional side of Kyoto. 💞 Unlike peak hours, it feels more like a typical and busy tourist attraction where you just can't simply wait to get through and leave. .. .. And that probably is one effect of overtourism. The loss of authenticity and local experience. The massive tourism in this city needs to be managed, but the local government unit cannot do it alone. It's more of a collective approach instead of letting the host deal with it. .. .. One thing to recommend is morning tours to these areas and other attractions that open 24 hours. Kiyomizudera, Fushimi-Inari, and these alleys are among the attractions that you can visit during early hours. Visit these busy attractions early morning, and probably do it one attraction per day.
Sannenzaka is another famous alley in Kyoto. These traditional houses and if combined with the cherry blossom season, the area turns to a beautiful scenery. ✨✨✨ An elegant view that will really capture everyone else's attention. .. .. However, this place gets packed with a huge crowd as the hours go by. I took this photo around 7 in the morning. You have to be that early to beat the crowd. .. .. Kyoto could potentially become a victim of overtourism. There is definitely a need to spread tourism around this city and tourists should not only focus on known areas. Selfie-takers who take so much time posing for their cameras should lessen their time taking selfies. .. .. After realizing, I've halted creating posts and guides about where I've been. Until I thought about overtourism. I felt like my posts have been typical. While developing my site to add improvements, I think it's high time to at least incorporate ways on how to manage overtourism, prevention of a city from becoming the next victim, and promoting tips on how to be a responsible traveler. .. .. While there are factors to be analyzed such as culture, tourist arrival patterns, etc., I'd like to give this direction a go.
Culture makes a certain country distinct. And for travelers, it is the number one thing that we immerse ourselves into. ✨✨✨ Kyoto is among the traditional cities on Japan where you can learn and appreciate the beauty of their culture. .. .. Just passing by along Ninenzaka, this Starbucks coffee shop has gained huge attention. 💞💞💞 Normally, I would picture a glass wall with the usual coffee shop setting. But a tatami style Starbucks is definitely out of the ordinary. .. .. Embracing something new is a good thing. But fusing it with your own culture makes it a lot more interesting. Who knows what's next, probably a hanok style Starbucks in Korea? Maybe. 🤗
Kyoto was truly a remarkable city to visit. It is where you take a step back in time and see more traditional sides of Japan. 💞 Gion street is one popular stop in this city where the alleys are filled with traditional shops in a cobblestone path. The area is also famous for entertainment and a center for geishas.✨✨✨
Takayama maintains a traditional scene similar to few cities in Japan. Sites such as this, the Takayama Old Town and Hida Folk Village display are some of the attractions that shows a lot more about Japan's tradition. ✨✨✨ Takayama Old Town is an area where you can find beautifully preserved buildings and houses which have existed since the 1600s. Some of these have been turned into shops, sake breweries, and art galleries. - - - You may be wondering, why does the street look so empty. 🤗 I went here early morning searching for the morning market which was to open at 8, but had to be somewhere else by then. But returning here, it can be busy with tourists who come to discover the food, galleries, and sake other than the beauty of the traditional houses. I tried the pork bun and it was really tasty. The grilled rice was also good. - - - Being here even with the crowd did not feel busy at all. Maybe because it's not as grand as Tokyo or Osaka or maybe just the vibe and lifestyle. But anyways, Takayama is one city in Japan that is a must visit for people who'd like to discover more about the traditional side of Japan.