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Sacred shrines, Zen gardens, bamboo groves and geisha

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Karuta Hajime New Year's Card Game

Karuta Hajime New Year's Card Game

On the 3rd of January, Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto will host the first New Year's 'Karuta' card game. Women dressed in Juni-hitoe (Heian period costume) will play this old card game. Karuta was introduced to Japan by Portuguese merchants in t..

Kemari Hajime in Kyoto

Kemari Hajime in Kyoto

On the 4th of January every year, Shimogamo Shrine, in Kyoto hosts the Kemari Hajime festival, the first Kemari match of the year, dedicated to the gods. Kemari is a game is played with "mari", a ball weighing about 150g made of deer's..

Ebisu Festival in Kyoto

Ebisu Festival in Kyoto

From the 8th to the 12th of January, Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto will host the city's first major festival of the year, the Ebisu Festival. This is dedicated to Ebisu, called "Ebessan" in the Kansai dialect, the god of good fortune and ..

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Experiences

Authentic Tea Ceremony by a master of Urasenke school, Kyoto

Authentic Tea Ceremony by a master of Urasenke school, Kyoto

Guests can experience the whole process of Japanese tea ceremony which is the same style as the one held in temples or shrines in Kyoto. Tea master is certified by Urasenke with 400 years history and will be able to answer all of your questions.

Authentic Kyoto Samurai Experience

Authentic Kyoto Samurai Experience

Experience Katana and Zen in a historical Samurai house in Kyoto. This is an excellent chance for visitors to try out a REAL Katana (Japanese sword) and Samurai culture. Through this course, you can learn and feel "Bushido" with Katana and Zen.

Visit Amanohashidate and Ine on Sea of Japan Coast

Visit Amanohashidate and Ine on Sea of Japan Coast

Discover Northern Kyoto, visit Amanohashidate, one of the three most picturesque views in Japan, enjoy delicious seafood and shopping on this 1-day tour available exclusively to The Junei Hotel guests.

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Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Along a river in the West of Kyoto lies Arashiyama, a rural suburb of Kyoto. Literally "Storm Mountain", Arashiyama is actually a tranquil place where you can wind down and relax in a beautiful natural setting. Arashiyama has its fair share of temples, or else it wouldn't be Kyoto,..

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan and is the one closest to the urban centers of Osaka and Nagoya. Despite this, it remains a secret to visitors from around the world. Maybe they were thinking about Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, the ancient game of hundred cards. About a thousand ..

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama is a Castle Town about 70 kilometers from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Nestled in a southern part of the valley, it is surrounded by mountains to the South, East and West. The Castle was constructed in the warring states period under the direction of Akechi Mitsuhide, a general in the late 15..

Where to eat

A Vegan Eating Journey at Ain Soph

A Vegan Eating Journey at Ain Soph

If you're after vegan eats in Japan, it's likely that you've stumbled across the Ain Soph group of restaurants. Starting with a number of different restaurants across Tokyo, they have recently expanded with their first foray into the Kyot..

Vegan Friendly Kyoto: Morpho Cafe

Vegan Friendly Kyoto: Morpho Cafe

Often, finding food that fits a vegan lifestyle in Japan can be a little tricky. Dashi stock creeps its way into many things, tempura batter contains eggs, and sushi...well, that's self explanatory, isn't it?! Thankfully though, more and more..

Kyoto's Grand Nishiki Market

Kyoto's Grand Nishiki Market

Want an eye-popping and mouth-watering Japanese food experience? I recommend braving Kyoto's 400 year old Nishiki Market - 390 metres of food and kitchen ware shops in a narrow arcade. It's popular with tourists, local gourmands and che..

Places to stay

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Be comfortable with yourself. Curate your world. Give thanks for what comes in and what goes out. In a Zen garden in the heart of Kyoto, I was able to create my world, one of beauty, peace and graciousness. This is not make-believe, but in Japan, it ..

Nakano House Project

Nakano House Project

It is not often that you can combine two cultures without losing the essence of one. The Kiraku accommodation project does this effortlessly. In a response to the gradual deterioration of Japan's distinct architectural heritage, Kiraku aims to pr..

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

I dare you to open the window! Why? Were there monkeys or dragons outside? Recalling the stories of monkeys and eagles from Tadakki earlier that day, I jumped at the shadows on a dark night. I reluctantly unlocked the hatch, and slowly peered outside..

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Chisui Museum

Chisui Museum

I was with my friends in the car. The water outside was already level with the windscreen wipers, and slowly increasing. What should we do? Should we stay or go? She inched the car forward, but it only got worse, the water rising, inch by inch. I wok..

Joe Okada: The Last Samurai

Joe Okada: The Last Samurai

Having worked as a driver for nine months in the United States 58 years ago, the last thing Joe Okada expected to do was become a katana-wielding tour guide. Dubbed "The Last Samurai of Japan", Okada is Japan's oldest active tour gu..

Kiyamachi, Kyoto

Kiyamachi, Kyoto

Kiyamachi is one of the most popular areas in Kyoto. However, there is much that goes unseen. Kiyamachi street is a small area surrounded by a number of iconic landmarks, including Yasaka shrine and Maruyama Park. The street itself is very popular fo..

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About kyoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalKyoto
Population2,636,092
Area4,612.20 sq. km

Japan’s capital from AD 794 to 1868, the list of possible tourist destinations in Kyoto is endless; Kyoto can be enjoyed in so many ways.

You can attempt to visit all of major sites, including but certainly not limited to: Fushimi Inari Shrine and its brilliant vermillion row of torii gates, its many temples (most notably Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangen-do, and Kinkaku-ji), Nijo Castle, and Amanohashidate (one of the Three Views of Japan).

Or you can attempt to "experience" Kyoto and its rich culture: appreciate the traditional architecture and maiko of the Gion district, witness the Gion Festival (held every July), and indulge in the various delicacies Kyoto has to offer, such as Uji matcha green tea, tofu, and various Japanese confectioneries. Kyoto is on the bucket list of many a traveller, and for good reason.

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