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…

Best 5 Cherry Blossoms Spots in Kyoto (Park & Walkway)

Best 5 Cherry Blossoms Spots in Kyoto (Park & Walkway)

    Kyoto has many cherry blossom spots. Not only cherry blossoms you see in the day time but also illuminated trees at night are very beautiful. We are going to introduce best 5 cherry blossom spots (park and walkway) you must visit in Kyoto.       No.1 Maruyama Park   Maruyama Park is the most famous park for cherry blossom spots. The symbol of the park in spring is a big weeping cherry tree which is illuminated at night. The park is next to Yasaka Shrine and get…

Best 5 museums you must visit in Kyoto

Best 5 museums you must visit in Kyoto

    Kyoto has many famous tourist attractions such as temples and shrines. Not only them but also museums are nice tourist spots. Museums own precious things and also give you good experience. Here, we are going to introduce best 5 museums you must visit in Kyoto.       No.1 Kyoto International Manga Museum   The Kyoto International Manga Museum houses about 300,000 manga and comic books from the recent ones to the old ones all over the world. They are lined with shelves of manga. Foreign tourists can…

Best 5 Autumn Leaves Spots You Must Visit in Kyoto

Best 5 Autumn Leaves Spots You Must Visit in Kyoto

    Kyoto has many autumn color spots. Kinkakuji Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple are popular tourist spots not only in autumn but also in other seasons, so we are going to introduce best 5 autumn leaves spots, excluding Kiyomizudera and Kinkakuji.       No.1 Eikando     Eikando is very famous for the beautiful autumn leaves. It was named “Eikando of the Autumn Leaves” for the beauty. Eikando is illuminated at night and you’ll be amazed at the scenery. At night, we recommend you to visit the Hojo Pond,…

Best 5 sushi restaurants you must visit in Kyoto

Best 5 sushi restaurants you must visit in Kyoto

    Kyoto was landlocked and that needed keeping fish edible, so Kyoto sushi required special skills. However, there are not only Kyoto style sushi but also Edo style sushi because we can transport fish keeping fresh. Here we are going to introduce best 5 sushi restaurants you must visit in Kyoto.     No.1 Sushi Iwa   Here, you can taste very fresh and delicious sushi. Sushi Iwa is ten minutes’ walk from the JR Kyoto Station. Steve Jobs, who had visited Kyoto many times, said, “This is the…