5 Tips to Enjoy Your Visit to Yasaka Jinja Shrine

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Visit to Yasaka Jinja Shrine

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Visit to Yasaka Jinja Shrine   Yasaka Shrine, known as ‘Gion-san’, is located at the core of Gion district, Kyoto. The shrine grants so many types of  fortune, such as good luck, the well-being of the family, good marriage, success in business and so on. Having been loved by local people for a long time as well as tourists, the shrine is always crowded with people praying for fortunes.   No.1 The Two Gates The west gate, Seiroumon (西楼門), is that everyone might imagine when thinking…

5 Best Shrines in Kyoto

5 Best Shrines in Kyoto

5 Best Shrines in Kyoto   How many shrines do you think there are in Kyoto City? The answer is, about 800! Can you imagine how long it will take to visit all of them? From this vast number of shrines, we’ve picked up 5 must visit shrines for you.   No.1 Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷) Lately this has been the most visited site by foreign tourists, as it is well known for the Path of Thousand Torii Gates. The spectacular view of the range of vermillion gates is incomparable…

5 Best Temples in Kyoto

5 Best Temples in Kyoto

5 Best Temples in Kyoto Temples are one of the main objectives to visit Kyoto for most tourists. However, there are way too many temples to decide which ones to visit. Let’s check out our list of 5 (actually 6) must see temples!   No.1 Kiyomizu Temple Surely, there’s no one that doesn’t know this temple. Indeed, your trip is never completed unless you visit here. The panoramic view from the stage is breathtaking. It has different, beautiful sceneries depending on the time, and season. We especially recommend you to…

5 Best Japanese Cuisine Restaurants in Kyoto

5 Best Japanese Cuisine Restaurants in Kyoto

    Everyone knows that Kyoto is famous for its own style of cooking. There are tons of restaurants you can enjoy good Japanese cuisine in central Kyoto at reasonable price. On the other hand, Kyoto is full of fancy Japanese cuisine restaurants with Michelin stars such as, needless to say, Kikunoi and Kicho. Here are other recommended restaurants of Japanese cuisine!       No.1 Mizai (未在)   They have only 11 seats at the restaurant. And all the customers start at 6pm. Their beautifully arranged dishes are substantial…

5 best bars in kyoto

5 best bars in kyoto

  The night in Kyoto is long, and the downtown never sleeps. You can find bars literary everywhere in Kyoto, but here are our recommendations of bars which get high reputation from the local! Please check them out and we hope you enjoy your night life!       No.1 bar K-ya (K家)   The bar is formerly machiya, an old style of house in Kyoto. The dim light inside generates the atmosphere. Their seasonal cocktails using fresh fruits are really nice as well as their standard drinks. Here is…

5 Best Yakitori Restaurants in Kyoto

5 Best Yakitori Restaurants in Kyoto

  Do you know yakitori(焼き鳥), skewed chicken, grilled usually on Bincho-tan coal(備長炭) Kyoto is actually a quite competitive area for yakitori restaurants (you can see how many reputable restaurants there are and how many stars they get on a famous restaurant review site called ‘Tabelog(食べログ)’), which means their quality must be really high. If you’ve never tried yakitori before, it’s your mission to try it during your stay!       No1 Torito     Credit: http://tabelog.com/imgview/original?id=r1149442149936 Credit: http://tabelog.com/imgview/original?id=r8877910380247     This is a small yakitori restaurant/bar right next to…

5 pottery shops you should definitely visit!

5 pottery shops you should definitely visit!

Kyoto has been the center of the art of tea ceremony. Therefore pottery making has also been a big interest of people in Kyoto. Kiyomizuyaki is probably the most well-known one, so you may recognize all the Kyoto pottery as Kiyomizuyaki. However, the truth is there are several kinds of pottery that were born in Kyoto. They are all called Kyoyaki. Since everything is hand-made, there is no single work that is same as others. Let’s go and find your one and only!       No1 Kusaboshi (草星)  …

Nowadays trend! Home made beer in Kyoto’s BAR!

Nowadays trend! Home made beer in Kyoto’s BAR!

Since craft beer is now really a hot topic among foodies in Kyoto, there are plenty of places where you can indulge in Japanese craft beers and foods. Here are our recommendations!       No1 Wachi(和知)   They always have 100 kinds of bottled beer and 11 on tap. And their smoked foods really go with the beers. Moreover, there is also a huge menu of Japanese alcohol, sake and shochu. If you want to explore the world of Japanese alcohol, here is the best place to go!  …

Mountain of Burning Letters, Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

Mountain of Burning Letters,  Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

      Overview   Mountain Bonfire, known as Gozan no Okuribi or Daimonji Okuribi in Japanese, is one of the major traditional seasonal events in Kyoto. Here, the giant bonfires, each with a distinct shape, are lit on mountains surrounding the city. This bonfire also signifies sending off spirits of deceased family members who came to visit during O-Bon.             Event Schedule   Every year on August 16 Time: from 8:00 P.M.             How to Enjoy   The bonfires…

Want to learn how to use sword? why not learning from last SAMURAI?

Want to learn how to use sword? why not learning from last SAMURAI?

    Overview Ninja was a covert agent during the Kamakura(1185-) era to Edo era ( – 1868). They used to work individually or under powerful feudal lords (daimyo, in Japanese) and committed some intelligence assessment, sabotage, infiltration tactics and assassination. They are widely known for their very unique technique, practice and equipment. In this Samurai academy, you can practice the real Samurai technique taught by the descendant of actual former Samurai family.         Information   【Name】Jidai Academy Dojo – The Musashi Ichizoku 【Address】Jidai Academy Dojo 3-5-6…