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18 May 2015

How to Tackle Nara

Just 30 minutes from Kyoto, Nara makes an easy day trip.

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7 September 2014

Secrets of the Samurai: Five Surprising Facts

Our of list of five intriguing secrets of the iconic samurai.

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Samurai during the Boshin War period 1860s, via Wikimedia Commons

4 May 2014

Nishiki Market: The Heart of Kyoto Cuisine

To whet your appetite for our soon-to-launch Nishiki Market walk, we’re looking at some of the delicious and unusual foods you’ll find at Kyoto’s four-hundred-year-old covered market.

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You'll see nukazuke in wooden barrels throughout Nishiki Market, and you'll find them in their fully pickled form as a side dish at nearly every meal.

13 April 2014

Docent Spotlight: Richard Steiner

Docent Richard Steiner shares a bit about living life in Kyoto as an artisan.

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10 April 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit a Temple

Here’s our guide to how to visit temples and shrines in China and Japan.

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17 January 2014

Welcome to 2014

Co-founder and owner Paul Bennett talks a bit about what’s in store for Context Travel in 2014.

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8 December 2013

Context’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Ready for the holidays?  So are we!  We’ve surveyed our docents and city managers across the world to put together…

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15 October 2013

10 Favorite Books Set In Japan

Add to your reading list with these books based in Japan and guess our last entry to win a copy of that book!

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1 July 2013

History Lesson: Gion Festival

July 1 kicks off one of the most important festivals in Kyoto, with parades and celebrations all month long.

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20 May 2013

Kyoto in Pictures

Get introduced to Context’s newest city, Kyoto, with our slideshow.

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Ryoan-ji Temple

14 March 2013

Enter A Japan Scavenger Hunt & Win

Enter our interactive scavenger hunt and win a free Japan walking seminar!

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21 December 2012

A Taste of Japan

Expansion manager Jessica Stewart gives a preview of what’s to come with Tokyo and Kyoto, the next Context cities to launch.

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Ritual and Religion