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Karuta Hajime New Year's Card Game

Karuta Hajime New Year's Card Game

On the 3rd of January, Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto will host the first New Year's 'Karuta' card game. Women dressed in Juni-hitoe (Heian period costume) will play this old card game. Karuta was introduced to Japan by Portuguese merchants in t..

Kemari Hajime in Kyoto

Kemari Hajime in Kyoto

On the 4th of January every year, Shimogamo Shrine, in Kyoto hosts the Kemari Hajime festival, the first Kemari match of the year, dedicated to the gods. Kemari is a game is played with "mari", a ball weighing about 150g made of deer's..

Ebisu Festival in Kyoto

Ebisu Festival in Kyoto

From the 8th to the 12th of January, Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto will host the city's first major festival of the year, the Ebisu Festival. This is dedicated to Ebisu, called "Ebessan" in the Kansai dialect, the god of good fortune and ..

Areas

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Along a river in the West of Kyoto lies Arashiyama, a rural suburb of Kyoto. Literally "Storm Mountain", Arashiyama is actually a tranquil place where you can wind down and relax in a beautiful natural setting. Arashiyama has its fair share of temples, or else it wouldn't be Kyoto,..

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan and is the one closest to the urban centers of Osaka and Nagoya. Despite this, it remains a secret to visitors from around the world. Maybe they were thinking about Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, the ancient game of hundred cards. About a thousand ..

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama is a Castle Town about 70 kilometers from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Nestled in a southern part of the valley, it is surrounded by mountains to the South, East and West. The Castle was constructed in the warring states period under the direction of Akechi Mitsuhide, a general in the late 1..

Dining

Kyoto's Grand Nishiki Market

Kyoto's Grand Nishiki Market

Want an eye-popping and mouth-watering Japanese food experience? I recommend braving Kyoto's 400 year old Nishiki Market - 390 metres of food and kitchen ware shops in a narrow arcade. It's popular with tourists, local gourmands and che..

Veg Out in Kyoto

Veg Out in Kyoto

Veg Out Cafe in Kyoto overlooks the Kamagawa river and as the name suggests provides customers with a place to relax. The design of the cafe is welcoming and inclusive. It feels as though you are expected to stay for more then just a meal and unwind..

The Kanra Kitchen Kyoto

The Kanra Kitchen Kyoto

The Kanra Kitchen Kyoto is a perfect place if you like to have good wine with your pizza. It is also perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner. The waiters are kind and welcoming, the Italian cuisine is authentic but served with Japanese elegance and de..

Places to stay

Nakano House Project

Nakano House Project

It is not often that you can combine two cultures without losing the essence of one. The Kiraku accommodation project does this effortlessly. In a response to the gradual deterioration of Japan's distinct architectural heritage, Kiraku aims to pr..

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

I dare you to open the window! Why? Were there monkeys or dragons outside? Recalling the stories of monkeys and eagles from Tadakki earlier that day, I jumped at the shadows on a dark night. I reluctantly unlocked the hatch, and slowly peered outside..

Sasarindo

Sasarindo

The hotel Sasarindo is located by Hanamikoji Street in the Gion area and is just a 3-minute walk from Yasaka Jinja. The hotel features air-conditioned Western-style rooms with an LCD satellite TV and an electric kettle. The lobby has an internet comp..

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Ine Niizaki Shrine

Ine Niizaki Shrine

What is the secret to immortality? It has been a search that has perplexed mankind for centuries, one that is like the mythical El Dorado. In 219 BC Xu Fu (Jofuku in Japanese) was a court sorcerer in China's Qin Dynansty. He was sent to find th..

World's Smallest Ukiyo-e Museum

World's Smallest Ukiyo-e Museum

On my second business trip this week, it suddenly dawned on me that I spent more time away than at home, something that led me to think about what home really means. I was having lunch with someone in Cairns when she said that Japan was her "go..

The Hidden Treasures of Japan

The Hidden Treasures of Japan

The Nippon Takaramono Project commenced in early July, launching the first in a series of 2017 events aiming to promote some of Japan's best hidden treasures to both locals and foreign tourists alike. It's a new initiative being led by Geidan..

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About kyoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalKyoto
Population2,636,092
Area4,612.20 sq. km

Japan’s capital from AD 794 to 1868, the list of possible tourist destinations in Kyoto is endless; Kyoto can be enjoyed in so many ways.

You can attempt to visit all of major sites, including but certainly not limited to: Fushimi Inari Shrine and its brilliant vermillion row of torii gates, its many temples (most notably Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangen-do, and Kinkaku-ji), Nijo Castle, and Amanohashidate (one of the Three Views of Japan).

Or you can attempt to "experience" Kyoto and its rich culture: appreciate the traditional architecture and maiko of the Gion district, witness the Gion Festival (held every July), and indulge in the various delicacies Kyoto has to offer, such as Uji matcha green tea, tofu, and various Japanese confectioneries. Kyoto is on the bucket list of many a traveller, and for good reason.

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