Kissa(Café) Donguri is a coffee shop in the middle of Kyoto’s business district, about 2 minutes’ walk from Marutamachi Station on the subway. Hidden deep inside a building, with a laid-back bungalow atmosphere, it’s a place where you can….
Minutes away from the Jingu-Marutamachi station on the Keihan line is Kyo No Tsukuneya (“Kyoto Tsukune House”), a restaurant specializing exclusively in chicken. For lunch, there is the tsukuneage (fried chicken meatball with….
This is a popular Chinese restaurant located in a shopping area that gets a lot of pedestrian traffic even for Kyoto. The boiled gyoza dumplings made by the proprietress are the feature of this store’s signboard menu….
When visiting Kyoto, most people pick up some yatsuhashi as a souvenir. Yatsuhashi are Kyoto’s quintessential sweet. Similar to a hard cookie, they are made of rice flour and sugar and baked in an oven. You can also get so-called nama, or “raw”, yatsuhashi, which are steamed…
Fruit & Café Hosokawa, est. in 1948, is a fruit shop about ten minutes’ walk north of Shimogamo Shrine. Inside, there is a café connected to the shop, where you can dine on parfaits, sandwiches, and juices chock full of fresh, ripe fruits. Our particular favorite is the fruit sandwich filled liberally with seasonal produce.…
Higashiyama Saryo produces and sells “Yo-fu Wagashi”(Western-style inspired Japanese sweets) made with carefully selected high quality ingredients such as green tea from Uji, Kyoto. What does “Yo-fu Wagashi” mean? These are a new type of sweets that ingeniously fuse together the best of Japan and the…
Guesthouse Yululu is a guesthouse that just opened this August, and already it’s worthy of special attention. Only a few minutes’ walk from Karasuma Oike on the subway line In this area, close to City Hall, you’ll find yourself….
Kingyoya is a guest house that uses a ‘Machiya’(traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan and typified in the historical capital of Kyoto) built around 100 years ago in the Nishijin area of Kyoto city. The original atmosphere of the building is utilized, by keeping reforms at a minimum, for the charm of the old ‘Machiya’ ・・・・
Kyoto, Gojo-Karasuma is the guesthouse blessed with a wonderful location; it is at approximately 12-minute walk from JR Kyoto station, and 2-minute walk from Subway Gojo Station. Kazariya was opened in the summer of 2009. There are many restaurants, ryokans, and guesthouses in Kyoto ・・・・
Honryu-ji Temple is two blocks north of Imadegawa Street, between Joufukuji Street and Chiekouin Street. It faces directly south of Uhouin Temple. It is said that Honryu-ji Temple was first built by the monk Nichishin in 1488 in the Shijo Omiya area of Kyoto. The temple was then moved to its present location in 1542 ・・・・
Gyogan-ji temple, Sango(honorific mountain name prefixed to a temple’s name) is “Reiyusan”, located in Ichijo Ogawa area of Kamigyo-ku (Teramachi between Oike-dori street and Marutamachi-dori street) was founded in 1004 by the monk “Gyoen Syonin”. Gyogan-ji temple is also known as ・・・・
Konkaikomyo-ji temple, located in Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city, proudly ranks alongside Chion-in temple as one of the head temples of the Jodo sect. the temple was founded in 1175 by Priest Honen, the founder of the Jodo sect. The temple’s Sango(honorific mountain name prefixed to a ・・・・
The Kujo Leek Festival is a food festival first held in October 2012 to promote Kyoto’s famous specialty, the Kujo Leek. Last year’s event, which drew close to 100,000 visitors, is back again and better than ever. With….
When we think about Chion-ji Temple, of course Hyakumanben* Craft Fair, held on the 15th of every month, springs to mind. Hyakumanben is so famous, we think it’s safe to say it’s Kyoto’s quintessential craft fair. But it’s not the only monthly market Chion-ji has to offer. Chion-ji is also home to a lesser-known open-air market…
As it turns out, bicycles are really convenient for sighseeing in Kyoto. Of course, there are also bus and subway, but they are rather expensive and transfers are troublesome. If you think about it, using a bicycle is more economic and adaptable. Most of the main sightseeing spots in Kyoto are…