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KIYOMIZU SANNENZAKA MUSEUM
Below Kiyomizu Temple, on Sannenzaka; Tel: 532-4270; 500 yen; Open: 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:30); closed on Mon. and Tues.; the only museum in Japan specializing in Japanese fine arts from the late Edo (1600-1868) to Meiji periods (1868-1912): cloisonne, metal work, Satsuma ware and makie lacquer, all popular with Westerners in the late 19th century; special exhibitions of Japanese fine arts held every 3 months.

MIHO MUSEUM
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. 

''Edo Kaleidoscope: Sarasa, Bidoro, Oranda'' (Tentative Title)
Spring Special Exhibition
March 15 (Sat.) – June 8 (Sun.)

Although Japan had a national isolation policy during the Edo period (1615-1868), a wealth of foreign goods, much more than imaginable, was being imported to the country. Among these objects, the novel and beautiful articles brought from distant lands on Dutch ships-which served as the only bridge between Japan and Europe-must have touched the hearts of the Edo-period Japanese. Seeing these things must undoubtedly have felt as if looking through a kaleidoscope from Europe. With the importation and transmission of textiles and ceramics that came to Japan during the Edo period was the development of a rich variation of forms such as jinbaori (battle surcoats), accessories and Kenzan and other Japanese wares in the style of Dutch ceramics.

The museum will be closed Until March 14, 2014.


KYOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA MUSEUM
Experience fun & exciting Japanese Manga culture!!; A 1-min. walk north of Karasuma-Oike Stn. on the Karasuma or Tozai subway line; Open: 10:00-20:00 (entry by 19:30), Closed: Wed. and other irregular day (please enquire); Adults: 500 yen, Students (13-18): 300 yen, Children (under 12): 100 yen; *additional fee will be charged for special exhibits; Tel: 075-254-7414.


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.



TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCE


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 Yourself in Beautiful Kimono at
MIYAKO GALLERY
Reasonably priced kimono (rental & sale) and a variety of accessories

Kimono rental: 3,000 yen/person (tax incl., cash only; call us in advance)
Kimono for sale: from 5,000 yen
Pretty Kyoto accessories: from 100 yen

Open: 10:00-17:00, Closed: Wed.
Tel: 075-344-3015


Aromatic Coffee & Delicious Sponge Cake at
Cafe Kokyu-an
Enjoy a break with our organic coffee & sweet and soft sponge cake

Matcha green tea & sponge cake set: 800 yen
Garcia set: 650 yen

Open: 10:00-18:00, Closed: Wed.
Tel: 075-344-3002

Tea Ceremony Experience at “Rikyu”
Try yourself to learn traditional Japanese tea ceremony

From 2,000 yen/person (tax incl., cash only)
* Reservation required by phone 1 day in advance; A minimum of 3 people is required. Price & time needed depends on the program

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: 2,200 yen (90 min.)
Every day: 9:00-10:30, 10:40-12:10 *tax incl.

Zen meditation only: 1,200 yen (60 min.)
Every day: 9:00-10:00, 10:40-11:40 *tax incl.

*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.
To reserve Zen experiences & rooms, call or email us.

Shunko-in Temple
42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035 JAPAN
Tel: 075-462-5488
rev.taka.kawakami@gmail.com
www.twitter.com/RevTakaZen




SHOWS/EXPERIENCE


TOEI KYOTO STUDIO PARK
In Uzumasa; Tel: 075-864-7716; open daily: 9:00-17:00 (Dec.-Feb.: 9:30-16:30); Here you can meet samurai, ninja and geisha on actual film sets; From exciting shows to 3D attractions, there is something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park; Also, new to the park are the Ninja Mystery House, Toei Anime Museum and Ukiyo-e Woodcut Print Museum.

KYOTO CONCERT HALL
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)
NATIONAL BUNRAKU THEATRE

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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Meet Japan's Last SAMURAI!
Experience Samurai Okada's amazing performance!!

Experience Samurai Okada’s exciting “Apple Cutting” Performance! (2,200 times in 33 years)
Samurai Okada will teach you the way of samurai sword skills in 5 hours according to Guinness rules so that you can cut apples in the air (70,000 yen for 1 to 3 participants including all accessories). Okada’s student from the U.S. holds the Guinness world record for 2009!

Samurai Okada will be your private tour guide!
Hire Samurai Okada to be your private city tour guide (Day tour: 50,000 yen). He has a versatile, charming personality and 49 years of experience as a licensed tour guide. During the tour he will perform a short Samurai show.

Samurai Okada’s exciting Samurai show (25 min.):
60,000 yen (1-30 people; location & time adjustable)

2-hour private Maiko & Samurai banquet show: 150,000 yen
Extra cost for meals & drinks at Junsei Garden restaurant

Call: Samurai Okada: 090-3867-3538
E-mail: samurai_joeokada@yahoo.co.jp
http://www.samurai-okada.com

He has made guest appearances on the David Letterman Show at NBC, Regis Philbin, ABC and 60 other TV shows!


SAMURAI KEMBU
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!
www.samurai-kembu.jp

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



Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre
KABUKI
Kabuki came into existence around 1603 in Kyoto, originally consisting of short dances but the repertoire has changed is now made up of both plays and dances, most of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally, the principal entertainment of urban folk, Kabuki has become the traditional, popular theatre of Japan and is now one of the world's greatest theatrical arts.

March KABUKI Program
Every day: March 2-26, 2014 at Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre

Matinee (from 11:00 a.m.)
FUBUKI TOGE
The Snowbound Pass - One act -
SUO OTOSHI
The Dropped Coat - Dance -
YOWA NASAKE UKINA NO YOKOGUSHI
Scarfaced Yosaburo - Two acts -

Evening Show (from 4:00 p.m.)
GOHIIKI KANJINCHO

The Subscription List of Theatre Patrons - Two acts -
KYOKANOKO MUSUME DOJOJI
The Maiden at Dojoji Temple - Dance -

*An English translation of the synopsis is included in the Japanese brochure (available at the theatre). *Rental service of the English earphone guide is not available for these programs.


Tickets (tax incl.)
(Same price for Matinee and Evening Shows)
First Class 13,000 yen
Second Class 7,000 yen
Third Class 4,000 yen
Special Seat 14,000 yen

Ticket Purchase
Online (English): http://www1.ticket-web-shochiku.com/en
Telephone: Ticket Phone Shochiku: 0570-000-489
*Tickets are also available at the theatre's Box Office (10:00-18:00).
*Ticket returns, exchanges and refunds are not accepted after purchase.

Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre
On the east side of the Shijo Ohashi Bridge, southwest of Shijo Kawabata
MINAMIZA is one of the earliest of seven officially licensed Kabuki theatres built in the early Edo period (1615-1868) in Kyoto. The theatre has continued to offer Kabuki performances for about 400 years.

Closest Kyoto City Bus Stops: ''Shijo-Keihanmae'', ''Shijo Kawaramachi'', ''Gion''



THE TALE OF GENJI MUSEUM, UJI CITY
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

THE TALE OF GENJI MUSEUM, UJI CITY
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

Until Apr. 20 (Sun.)
Special Exhibition: Copperplate paintings of women in Genji




Massage & Relaxation


ASAHIDO MASSAGE THERAPY CLINIC
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.

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