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 gardens you must visit in Kyoto

Best 5 gardens you must visit in Kyoto

There are many gardens in Kyoto and some of them are very famous around the world. Here we are going to introduce best 5 gardens you must visit in Kyoto.     No.1 Katsura Imperial Villa   Katsura Imperial Villa is a purely Japanese architecture and garden. The villa can be watched only from tours that is held by the Imperial Household Agency. You can walk around the central pond in the garden during the tour. The tour is applied only from the website and if you want to take…

5 Most Interesting Activities to do in Kyoto

5 Most Interesting Activities to do in Kyoto

  As Kyoto is best known as the old capital, where Japanese traditions are most preserved, don’t you think this is a perfect place where you can immerse and experience a true Japanese culture? Here we would like to recommend you a 5 most interesting to do in Kyoto.         1.Kimono Walking Experience ~ A unique sightseeing experience   When speaking of Kyoto, people often have an image of a traditional city with people strolling around in Kimono, traditional Japanese dress. Though it is rare to spot…

Best 5 hotels you must stay in Kyoto

Best 5 hotels you must stay in Kyoto

    There are many selections of hotels and inns in Kyoto. Here we are going to introduce five recommendable hotels that would suit your luxury stay.             No.1 The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto   This newly built hotel is located in the center of Kyoto city. It received five stars rating in the Michelin Guide Kansai 2015. From the hotel, you can see beautiful views of Kamogawa River and Higashiyama mountains. In addition, you can also experience Japanese culture through various activities held by the hotel….

YABUSAME, horseback archery~ the art of speed and strength

YABUSAME, horseback archery~ the art of speed and strength

       Overview      Yabusame means horseback archery activities, which originated from 6 century A.D, when Kinmei emperor prayed for the peace of his kingdom and the rich of his people by shooting off three board on a running horse. However, it does not formally become a ritual until 12 century A.D when Minamoto Noyoritomo changed Yabusame into one of the famous ritual in Japan. Nowadays, many shrine all over Japan offer the chance to take a look of this wonderful ritual which combines skill and strength.  …

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a race of strength and speed!

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a race of strength and speed!

          Overview   Danjiri Festival is a cart-pulling festival held in Japan, especially in the Kinki regions. The terms ‘danjiri’ means a large wooden cart in the shape of shrine or temple. This festival is originally a ritual ceremony held to pray for good harvest. In this festival, vigorous men pull the gorgeous danjiri through the streets in 70 areas in Kishiwada. The most exciting sight is Yarimawashi, when danjiri turns at a corner without reducing its speed. This thrilling and stunning parade is a tradition…

Shimanami Kaido Cycling, cycling through the picturesque scenery~

Shimanami Kaido Cycling, cycling through the picturesque scenery~

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thTQOflupZQ     Overview   Cycling sport is very popular all around the world, including as Japan well. In Japan, there are many cycling events are held as well. Here, we would like to introduce “Cycling Shimanami”, one of the largest cycling events in Japan.   Cycling Shimanami (http://cycling-shimanami.jp/english)   The event is held at Shimanami Kaido, the famous expressway that connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The Shimanami Kaido is drawing…

Be Maiko for a Day and Stroll through Kyoto in Beautiful Kimono !

Be Maiko for a Day and Stroll through Kyoto in Beautiful Kimono !

            Overview   Wouldn’t it be an awesome experience to dress up like a Maiko and walking in the classic street of Kyoto? It will make you enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto even more. All the procedures such as full make-up, hair styling, and Kimono dressing, will be done by professional shop. Maiko Experience is a unique way to enjoy wearing traditional dress and sightseeing in the historical district at the same time.   ** Maiko is female performer of singing, dancing, playing musical instruments…

Nada Kenka Matsuri (Fighting Festival), the battle of the strongest!

Nada Kenka Matsuri (Fighting Festival), the battle of the strongest!

            Overview   As the word ‘Kenka’ means fighting, this is a festival dedicated to the God of fighting. 3 mikoshi (portable shrine) fight and try to break down one another in front of the god. In addition to that, carrying competition of 7 yatai (gorgeous portable shrine) from 7 areas in Shirahama town, Himeji city is also main part of this festival. The harder their mikoshi and yatai crash, the more the god is pleased. This very a tough, dangerous but very exciting festival…

Welcome to the World of Endless Fun and Excitement ! UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN !

Welcome to the World of Endless Fun and Excitement !  UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN !

               Overview      Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks. It receives 8 million visitors annually. USJ is the second most famous theme park in Japan.   Official Homepage http://www.usj.co.jp/e/              How to Purchase the Ticket      Admission Ticket grants you admission into the park and the use of all attractions. Universal Express Pass shortens your waiting time. You don’t need to wait for some popular attractions!     ・Admission Ticket…