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!  …

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 Best Things to do in Japan by Hugh Jackman

5 Best Things to do in Japan by Hugh Jackman

    Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor and producer, most notably well-known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-MEN series film. He has won international recognition through other superhero, period, and romance films such as Kate and& Leopold, Van Helsing, Les Misérables, and etc. Here we want to introduce five things Hugh Jackman likes to do in Japan.       Credit: http://movieweb.com/hugh-jackman-may-not-return-for-the-wolverine-sequel/           1. Sukiyabashi Jiro ~ Dreams of Jiro~   During his trip to Japan, Hugh Jackman often visits Sukibayashi Jiro,…

5 Best Spots for Ghibli Fan

5 Best Spots for Ghibli Fan

    Have you heard of Japanese anime film My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away before? These two most famous Japanese anime films are both produced by one of the best known animation production house in Japan called Studio Ghibli. The studio produced eight of the fifteen highest grossing anime films made in Japan namely Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, etc. Ghibli films are also well- recognized for its incredibly detailed, hand-drawn animation with an imaginative coming of age story. Here, we would like to recommend…

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…

Experience Japanese Culture through Cooking! Japanese Cooking Class

Experience Japanese Culture through Cooking! Japanese Cooking Class

        Overview   Japanese dishes are becoming famous all around the world, especially for its healthy ingredients. What makes it healthy is that, Japanese food tends to make the best use of the taste of ingredients. In addition, the attractive feature of Japanese cuisine is not only its taste but also how it looks. This Japanese cooking lesson offers you the recipes of the Japanese home cooking by local Japanese instructor. It also gives you teach how you can make the original Japanese food even when you…