Writer: Phillip Jackson

Originally from England, I first visited Japan in 1997. My first stint as a resident was in Kyoto between 2003 and 2007 and now permanently since 2012. I have a keen interest in Japanese history and my house in Kyoto looks out over one of the thirty seven ancient Fujiwara graves (Uji Ryo).
I have written about Japan in a number of publications covering everything from the live music scene in Kansai to  gruesome assassination sites in Kyoto. I look forward to sharing some of my Japan experiences and hope that others can enjoy them first-hand too.

Shimabara – Kyoto’s Forgotten Courtesan's District

The area to the west of Kyoto main station has gone through major changes in recent years. Ume Koji Park has seen the construction of the popular Kyoto Aquarium, the upgrading and renovation of Kyoto Railway Museum, a new café in the park and new children’s playground. These changes have brought in many more visitors to the area and because of this, a new station has just opened between Kyoto and Tambaguchi, Ume Koji Nishi Kyoto.

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