DON’T BE CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF SOUVENIRS SHOULD BUY ANYMORE: 5 RECOMMENDED SOUVENIRS IN KYOTO

DON’T BE CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF SOUVENIRS SHOULD BUY ANYMORE: 5 RECOMMENDED SOUVENIRS IN KYOTO

      Are you at a loss as to choose souvenirs for your family, lover, friends end even for yourself? Here are some recommendations that we have made for you!       No.1 Stuffed Doll of Japanese Giant Salamander   Let’s make your way to Kyoto Aquarium for the spectacular fish swimming in a huge tank and the cute dolphin show. Don’t forget to take this lovely Japanese giant salamander doll with you. Japanese giant salamanders used to be seen throughout Japan, but they are currently endangered to…

THE SILVER PAVILION: 5 THINGS TO DO IN GINKAKUJI

THE SILVER PAVILION: 5 THINGS TO DO IN GINKAKUJI

  Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) was a private villa owned by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. He stood at top position when he was just 14 years old. In his later year, there was a fierce dispute regarding his successor. Ginkakuji Temple was built based upon Yoshimasa’s great artistic sense of interest. Here we would like to introduce 5 interesting points about Ginkakuji that will help you enjoy Ginkakuji Temple even more!!       1.Know the cultural difference between Ginkakji and Kinkakuji   There are many differences between Ginkakuji and Kinkakuji,…

THE TEMPLE WHICH IS BUILT WITH LOVE: 5 RECOMMENDED THINGS IN KODAI TEMPLE

THE TEMPLE WHICH IS BUILT WITH LOVE: 5 RECOMMENDED THINGS IN KODAI TEMPLE

  Kodaiji Temple is generally associated with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who rose to top due to his great accomplishment in the Warring States Period (Sengoku Period). After the dead of Hideyoshi, his wife Nene built the temple to mourn for him. With the support from Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, the temple was gorgeously built. Hideyoshi have received support from Nene long before he rise to the top position, which is the proved of their long-relation. Thus, Kodaiji Temple is where you can feel the love of couple. Here we are going to…

TO CREATE YOUR PERSONAL LITTLE LITTLE GARDEN: BONSAI

TO CREATE YOUR PERSONAL LITTLE LITTLE GARDEN: BONSAI

      Overview   Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Nowadays, the word of “Bonsai” is well known in worldwide, however the chance of experiencing Bonsai is very limited and often it is difficult to find a professional instructor. At the Shunkaen, a Bonsai museum, not only you can see a lot of Bonsai art works, but also you can learn the details of Bonsai, such as several techniques, the care and what defines the beauty of Bonsai art.       Information…

HARUKI MURAKAMI’s world come into reality! 5 places MURAKA’s fan must go!

HARUKI MURAKAMI’s world come into reality! 5 places MURAKA’s fan must go!

Are you a Murakami geek? We call them ‘Harukist’ in Japan. He has become one of the most renowned authors in the world despite of (because of?) his unfortunate of losing Nobel Prize in Literature many times. Here are some ideas we would like to introduce to overseas Harukists!       No.1 Strolling in Kobe City   As he spent his high school years at Kobe High School, Kobe, his high school itself appears in some of his books, and so do some restaurants and cafes in Kobe. If…

Be a early bird! Kyoto specialties in the morning

Be a early bird! Kyoto specialties in the morning

Are you a morning person? If yes, we highly recommend you these things below and we are sure you enjoy them. And if not, let’s change your habit while you are abroad and have more fun!       No1 Zazen, Japanese Meditation Zazen is a well-known Japanese meditation method which started in Kamakura period. By being concentrated and ‘empty’, with sitting still, you can achieve calmness and peace of your mind. The priests occasionally hit you on your shoulders when you move or seem not to very focus on…

5 Must Do Things in Nanzenji Temple

5 Must Do Things in Nanzenji Temple

    Nanzenji Temple is one of Kyoto’s secret spots. Despite its vast ground and its notable gardens, many foreign tourists do not know about this beautiful temple, which is home to many artistically, unique constructions. Let’s explore a few things that can only be seen in Nanzenji Temple!       1. Home to Japan’s Great Construction (Sanmon, Toro, Suirokaku )   Nanzenji Temple is home to many great constructions in Japan. It has a 22 meters high, Sanmon, the most important gate of a Japanese Buddhist Zen Temple,…

5 Things to do in Kiyomizu Temple

5 Things to do in Kiyomizu Temple

    When speaking about Kiyomizu Temple, the first image that comes to mind is Kyoto’s super popular tourist attraction. Here we want to share to you how you can enjoy your sightseeing Kiyomizu Temple even more! In addition, we would also like to recommend ‘not to do’ things, so you safely enjoy your trip.     1. Forget your usual routine… relax and immerse yourself into Kyoto’s way of life.   When coming to Kiyomizu Temple, you will surely pass a district called 「Monzen-machi」, where you you will find many…

Best 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto (Temple & Shrine)

Best 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto (Temple & Shrine)

    Kyoto has many famous cherry blossom viewing spots such as Kiyomizu Temple. You enjoy the cherry blossoms not only in the day time but also at night, where the trees are beautifully illuminated. We are going to introduce best 5 cherry blossom spots (temple and shrine) you must visit in Kyoto.         No.1 Daigoji Temple     Daigoji Temple is famous place for cherry blossoms in Kyoto, where Hideyoshi Toyotomi held a cherry blossom party in the 16th century. There are beautiful weeping cherry trees…

Best 5 inns you must stay in Kyoto

Best 5 inns you must stay in Kyoto

    As the old capital, Kyoto has retained many Japanese traditional culture and buildings from the past, including ryokans (Japanese traditional inn). Among the wide selections of ryokans in Kyoto, we are going to introduce the best five ryokans that will give you comfortable, yet, a genuine traditional Japanese experience.         No.1 Tawaraya   Tawaraya is one of the oldest ryokans with over 300 years of history in Kyoto. It is located in the center of Kyoto City, which makes it easy to access. Steve Jobs…