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…

Become Gordon Ramsay with the use of Japanese ktichen tools!

Become Gordon Ramsay with the use of Japanese ktichen tools!

 Are you fond of cooking? Just like Japan is famous for washoku and its unique taste, Japan also has developed its original kitchen tools. And, many groups of handcraft men used to do business in Kyoto in Muromachi period, therefore Kyoto is like a treasure house of kitchen tools. Let’s embark on an exploration!       No 1 Kaikado     This is a store that specializes in tea caddies. Their tea caddies are famous for its stylish, graceful design. The price is a little expensive but it is…

Japanese drum lessons! try hard to catch up the rhythm

Japanese drum lessons! try hard to catch up the rhythm

  Overview   Japanese drums are originated to the Jomon period (the time in prehistoric Japan from about 12,000 BC) and it was used as information transmission means. They are often played on the occasions of traditional festivals, Kabuki, Noh (a major form of classical Japanese musical drama) and religious ceremonies at temples and shrines. Japanese traditional drums are played with such dynamic physical movements and it is very energetic and powerful. If you are interested in Japanese festivals or music, it will be definitely an enjoyable cultural experience for…

Learning SUMO from the pro!

Learning SUMO from the pro!

    Overview   Sumo is the Japanese traditional wrestling sport where wrestlers try to force each other out of a circular ring or to touch the ground with anything except the soles of the feet. Sumo has been associated with Shinto (the ethnic religion of Japanese people) ritual. In Shinto, Sumo is regarded as the expression of the respect and appreciation to the God (”kami” in the context of Shinto) by wrestling among two healthy men blessed their power by the God. Some certain shrines in Japan still carry…

meditation under waterfall: one of the experiences you must try in a life!

meditation under waterfall: one of the experiences you must try in a life!

      Overview   Takigyo(滝行), is the Japanese way of meditation under small water fall. It is a part of practices for Japanese marital arts groups and some religions such as Vajrayana, Shugendo and Shinto. Under the strong water pressure, it will make you concentrate in your meditation and you will be facing to the wild nature. It is also said as a good massage method from its water pressure and coldness to the muscle.       Information   【Name】Yuuhi no Taki (夕日の滝) 【Address】Yuuhi no Taki: 2230 Yagurazawa,…

How about renewing yourself by trying beauty salons in JAPAN?

How about renewing yourself by trying beauty salons in JAPAN?

Are you interested in Japanese girls’ fashion and magazine and curious about secrets behind their beauty? Here are our recommendations for famous beauty salons based on through search on the internet!       1.Skin Check   1.Shiseido Ginza     【Tel】03-3571-7735 【Reservation (Japanese)】 【URL】English / Chinese http://www.shiseido.co.jp/netclub/reservation/stg/reserv1.asp?svc=70133 【Opening Hours】11:00 – 20:00 【Address】7-8-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 1040061 (GOOGLE MAP)       2.SK-Ⅱ- “Magic Ring”     【Tel】036-3289-5321 【URL】Japanese 【Opening Hours】10:00 – 22:00 【Address】Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ginza Branch: 5-5-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 1040061 (GOOGLE MAP)       3.POLA 【Tel】0120-375-355 【URL】Japanese…