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The founder of the Miho Museum, KOYAMA Mihoko, collected some of the finest pieces of artwork from cultures around the world and exhibited them in a stunning location where everyone can appreciate them.  In this way, she has tried to provide an opportunity for all people to experience the enriching, universal and life-long impact of beauty as a form of spirituality. 

Spring Special Exhibition 2016
Kazari : Decoration in Faith and Festival
March 1 (Tue.) - May 15 (Sun.)

Since the transmission of Buddhism to Japan, a brilliant-and-golden colored world of solemnity has just reached this country.

The current exhibition introduces you to the world of “kazari (ornaments)”, which has adopted to the rituals and prayers. People have been attracted to their radiance and beautiful colors, as well as have decorated various times and place for meetings with God and Buddha with these ornaments.

The museum will be closed from May 16 to June 3.
Summer Special Exhibition from June 4 to July 31. ''In Praise of Tea Ceremony Kettles''

SHISEN-DO Villa & Gardens
Hidden, fascinating and unforgettably beautiful

Shisen-do is the spectacular home and landscaped estate established by samurai, poet and literati Jozan Ishikawa(1583-1672) in 1641, after he was forced to retire by super shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa due to a serious disagreement. Highly individualistic, the buildings and gardens of Shisen-do are unlike any in Japan. Perfection is on the details and here you will sense it everywhere - winding streams, raked sand surfaces, sculpted bushes, the wild mountain in the background - especially at the height of spring and autumn. Experience another world: discover Shisen-do.

Open: 9:00-17:00
Entry: 500 yen, students 200-400yen.
Location: a short walk east of Ichijyoji Stn. of Eizan railways
Tel: 075-781-2954.

Inviting you to the Elegant and Glamorous World of ''The Tale of Genji''

The world's oldest love story for 1,000 years ''The Tale of Genji'' will appear in front of you on screen, full-scale set and models

Special Exhibition
Until June 26 (Sun.)
Joint Exhibition with the Uji City History Museum: ''Uji Green Tea - Best of the Best''

Open: 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30)
Closed: Mon. (next day when natl. holidays); year-end & new-year
Entry: 500 yen
Access: A few-min. walk from Uji Stn. of Keihan or JR line; Turn right at the 3rd traffic light from the east side of the Uji Bridge
TEL: 0774-39-9300

Kinshi Masamune Horino Memorial Museum
Kyoto Sake Brewery & Machiya Town-house Cultural Museum

The museum, which has been designated as a tangible cultural asset introduces of Kyoto's sake breweries history and townhouse culture; Also sake tasting & shopping, etc. available!

Open: Museum 11:00-17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
Closed: Tue., Wed.(Closed only on Tues. on Apr., May, Oct., Nov.)
Fee: 300 yen

*Sake and locally brewed beer can be bought here; Feel free to come just to shop.

Tel: 075-223-2072 (Eat in restaurant: 075-223-2073)
A 10-min. walk from Subway Marutamachi Stn.


YAMAMOTO Roketsu dyeing Experience
73 Umazuka-cho, Nishikyogoku, Ukyo-ku ; 15 min. by taxi from Kyoto St. or a 2-min walk from Nishikyogoku Umazukacho stop on Kyoto City bus #80 or #32 ; Tel : 313-1871, Fax : 313-1941; open 10:00-18:00, closed Wed.; Roketsu dyeing is a unique traditional way of cloth dyeing in which wax is used to block dyes in area s finely drawn by hand on cloth; Yamamoto Roketsu dyeing studio is the only place in Japan visitors can experience the entire roketsu process; instruction by craftspeople with more than 50 years of experience; make something to take home; square textile: 2,000 yen, T-shirt: 3,000 yen, noren curtain: 3,000 yen; book at least 1 hour before your visit.

Dress in beautiful Kimono and stroll around Kyoto!

Choose your favorite kimono or yukata (casual summer kimono) with lovely accessories from our great options at reasonable prices!
Kimono Rental & Outing: 1 person: from 5,000 yen (excl. tax)
No reservation necessary

Special souvenirs from Kyoto only offered by the Miyako Gallery! A wide variety of wines, rare kind of Japanese sake, fine ceramic sake cups and more.

Open: 11:00-18:00; Closed: Wed.; Tel: 075-344-3015

English & Chinese spoken
1F Kyoto Excel Human Bldg., on the north side of Gojo, west of Kawaramachi

Shunko-in Temple
Experience the World of Japanese Zen at Shunko-in Temple

Shunko-in Temple offers Zen meditation classes and temple tours in English. The American-educated vice abbot will lead you in the basics of Zen meditation, followed by a tour of the temple and explain how meditation influences your mind in everyday life.

Zen meditation and temple tour: 2,500 yen (90 min.) *tax incl.
Every day
9:00-10:30 (no reservation required)
10:40-12:10 (only for a group of 10 or more; reservation required)

Zen meditation only: 1,500 yen (60 min.) *tax incl.
Every day: 9:00-10:00, 10:40-11:40

*A bowl of matcha green tea and Japanese sweet will be served at the end of the session.

Stay in our newly-built guesthouse!
Rates: 6,500 yen/person (for 1 person/room), 5,500 yen/person (for 2 people/room) *tax excl.
Check-in: 15:30-18:30, Check-out: 11:00
*All Japanese-style rooms (non-smoking), Free bicycle rental, Free WiFi in every guest room & common space, shared kitchen (self-catering OK)

Check our website for availability.

Shunko-in Temple
42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035 JAPAN
Tel: 075-462-5488


In Uzumasa; Tel: 075-864-7716; Open daily: 9:00-17:00 (Dec.-Feb.: 9:30- 16:30); This is the only amusement park in Japan which gives visitors the chance to enjoy and experience the real setting of Japanese Samurai movies and dramas; You are welcome to wander around the sets and feel the atmosphere of old Japan; While exploring the park, you can try on traditional costumes of oiran, geisha or samurai, watch an exciting Ninja show and feel the nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan which only Toei Kyoto Studio Park can offer!

Designed by world-renowned architect Isozaki Arata, the exterior and interior of this beautiful concert hall elegantly combines simple design principles with sophisticated function. The main floor of the hall is done entirely in limestone imported from Kyoto's Italian sister city Florence. The Main Hall can seat up to 1,839 people, and the Small Hall up to 514. Used for traditional and classical music performances, both halls include the most sophisticated acoustical designs. A unique pipe organ, with both metal and wooden pipes (the largest of its kind in Japan) can create both classical instruments and the traditional Japanese instruments. The Kyoto Concert Hall is located a few meters south of the east exit of the Kitayama subway station (on the Karasuma subway line). Tel: 075-711-3090.

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A UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (Proclaimed in 2003)

Experience the Pageantry and the World of Bunraku at Osaka's National Bunraku Theatre-only an hour from Kyoto. A unique creation of the lively, and free 17th-century of Osaka, Bunraku is recognized as one of the world's most fascinating living drama forms. The unforgettable stories and the beautiful puppets and costumes that characterize this amazing stage-art are only a little bit more than an hour away. Step off the train into a real-life world of drama and emotion-Bunraku-for something truly special and cultural. 12-10 Nipponbashi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka; TEL: 06-6212-2531 (general inquiries only, for ticket reservations see Tickets).

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Traditional Swordplay & Performance
Full-scale Samurai experience with Lesson & Demonstration.

Price: from 3,000 yen to 10,000 yen/person
*Reservation required

Please check our various programs online!

SEIGA Samurai Kembu
B1 of Neo Art Bldg., Sanjo Hanamikoji Higashi-iru, Kyoto (1 min. from Subway “Sanjo Keihan” Stn.) TEL. 075-751-2033
English OK

OIRAN Makeover Experience Photo Studio

Within just an hour, and you will be transformed into an oiran, a Japanese traditional beauty. The photo will be shot at a cinema-like-a-studio!

Hair, makeup & kimono + 2L photos(x2) all incl.: from 7,800 yen + tax
Kimono Rental Plan: from 3,500 yen + tax
Kimono can also be rented and you are able to stroll around Kiyomizu Temple area, which is only 3-mins. from our shop.

Open: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Wednesday
Kiyomizu Chawanzaka MAMEZEN 2F

1 hour-long TAIKO class for tourists from all over the world!
Experience the local culture first hand!
Come empty handed and you will leave with an unforgettable memory!

Japanese Taiko Drumming Class: 5,000 yen per person/hour

Mon. 15:30-16:30
Tues. 16:00-17:00
Wed. 14:00-15:00; 15:30-16:30; 17:00-18:00
Thurs. 16:00-17:00; 17:30-18:30
Fri. 14:00-15:00; 15:30-16:30; 17:00-18:00

Make a lesson booking through our online reservation form!
*You may be in a lesson with other participants.
*Without reservation, we may not be able to fit you into our schedule.

Tel: 0120-923-915/ Fax: 075-813-8616
East side of Omiya, South of Takatsuji

Massage & Relaxation

On the west side of Fuyacho, south of Aneyakoji; Tel: 221-0432; Open: 13:00-23:00 (appointments accepted 12 :00-21:30); closed late Dec. to early Jan.; in operation for over 50 years, Asahido offers authentic shiatsu, non-oil massage, and anma (traditional non-oil Japanese massage); the clinic is housed in a refurbished machiya (traditional Kyoto townhouse); massage is performed by government-certified therapists in private rooms, in an atmosphere of taste and tranquility; based on the principles of East Asian medicine, shiatsu and anma are especially recommended for the relief of travel fatigue; pajamas provided; 60 min: 6,000 yen, 90 min: 9,000 yen; major credit cards accepted.

in business over 50 years
Choose one of our therapeutic items and let your body and soul experience full relaxation.

-You'll be relaxed by our talented therapists in an old Japanese residence style ''Machiya'' built over 100 years ago.
-Recommended: ''90 minutes Shiatsu and Anma'' – both traditional Japanese massage techniques.
-Our sta members provide service in English.

Short 60 min. 5,000 yen
Standard 90 min. 7,500 yen
Long 120 min. 10,000 yen
Extra Long 180 min. 15,000 yen

* + 1,000 yen for Acupuncture & Moxibustion.
*Payment by credit cards is accepted at the shop only.
*Prices exclude tax.

Special Gift for Foreign Customers!
Foreign customers will receive our original tenugui hand towel.

Tel: 075-561-1460
Service Hours: 1:00 p.m. -3:00 a.m. (last entry: 1:30 a.m.)
*Reception opens from 12:00.

347 Gion-machi Kita-gawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
If you are lost, call us; We will come to pick you up at the meeting spot.

Professional and comfortable massage by talented hands at reasonable prices!!

Only 2,980 yen!! (tax excl.)
A variety of other massage items is available.

Sanjo Kawaramachi: 8F of Hayakawa Bldg.; 11:00-23:00 (last entry 21:50)
Kyoto Station: 4F of Akashiya Bldg.; 11:00-23:00 (last entry 21:50)
Rokkaku Karasuma: 2F of the building; 11:00-23:00 (last entry 21:50)
Shijo Karasuma: 8F of Rise Hoko-cho Bldg.; 11:00-23:00 (last entry 21:50)