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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district

You Gotta Love Kyoto

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district is the perfect place to stay when visiting this great city. At one end of the street you cross the river & at the other end is Yasaka Shrine.

Yasaka Shrine.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district Yasaka Shrine is also known as Gion Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District, and you can simply walk between the two districts.

Locals & tourists like the dress up as Geishas.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district

There are many shops all over Kyoto when you can hire the traditional dress.

One of the larger hire shops.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district It really is nice seeing all the ladies dressed in traditional outfits.

Blending in with the atmosphere.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment districtGion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district is one of Japan’s most popular destinations.

Mercedes-AMG GT C

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district You should have heard the magnificent sound coming from this fabulous vehicle. The awning you can see on the right is the APA Hotel where I stayed, a great location with large rooms, as a bonus there is a Starbucks on the ground floor. For a really good room rate just book through THIS LINK, it will also give you free cancellation.

APA Hotel.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment districtA good size room for Japan.

If you are travelling from Kyoto station to Gion forget the train just take either bus 100 or 110 from the station.

A small shrine in the main street.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment districtSomething to see around every corner.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district Yakitori is one of the cuisines.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district What amazing food is on offer in this wonderful country.

So many fascinating old buildings.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment districtThere is so much to see in this great city.

Another great looking restaurant

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment district The most difficult thing is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Drinking with the locals.

Gion Kyoto’s traditional entertainment districtI enjoyed a nice hour or 2 drinking with the locals in a tiny side street bar.

One of the many bars in close by Pontocho.

Pontocho Entertainment District KyotoFor many more bars & restaurants just follow THIS LINK.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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