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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.

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. 

Autumn Special Exhibition
Shishi and Komainu: Mystical Beasts from Far Away

September 2 (Tues.) — December 14 (Sun.)

When you visit a Shinto shrine in japan, a pair of komainu (lionn-dog) statue is the first thing that greets you. These animals are not unusual in this setting. If you look closely, one without is a shishi or lion. How did a lion, which did not originally live In Japan, come to be a guardian over Japanese deities? And how did it come to be arranged with the honored lion-dog?

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
A derivative form of ''The Tale of Genji''
- This and That?!? Why Genji?

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

Please show KVG for a small gift!

Kinshi Masamune Horino Memorial Museum
Our Museum's SAKE HAPPY HOUR! in a Kyoto Machiya Townhouse

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!

A great opportunity for tasting the finest sake!
Schedule: Oct. Every day except Mon. & Tues.
Nov. On Thurs., Sat. & Sun. until 16th
Time: 17:00-19:00 (L.O.18:30)
Fee: 2,000yen
(4 kinds of Sake & 4 simple Japanese dishes)

Reservations Available
Limited Time

Open: Museum: 11:00-17:00 / Restaurant: 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00
Closed: Tues.; Tel: 075-223-2072
On the west side of Sakaimachi, north of Nijo

Here you can enjoy a meal and Ninja show at the same time!
Ultimate Ninja Actions Will Blow You Away!

A theatrical restaurant where guests can enjoy a live Ninja show as well as aesthetic food and drinks.

Schedule & Charge
12:00 / weekdays & weekend
Show charge + 1 drink: 2,000 yen (+tax)

19:00 / weekdays;
17:00 & 20:00 / weekend & holiday

*Show charge + 1 drink: 2,500 yen (+tax & 10% service charge)

A 2-min.walk from Shijo in from the Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade
Tel: 075-253-0027
*Closed: Wednesday
*Other set meals also available!


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

Kimono & Yukata Rental available: 11:00-17:00
Kimono & Yukata rental: 3,000yen /person
Kimono & Yukata rental: 5,000yen /pair for 2 people
(+8% tax, cash only; call us in advance)

Kimono for sale: from 4,000yen
Pretty Kyoto accessories: from 100yen

We also have an assortment of Kyoto style hand-made items, pottery, etc. sold at our shop!

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

Aromatic Coffee & Delicious Sponge Cake at
Cafe Kokyu-an
Enjoy a break with our organic coffee & sweet
You will be able to find your favorite coffee cup at our shop from the vast selection of pottery gathered here from all over Japan!

Rikyu Set (Matcha green tea & sponge cake set): 800yen
Special Matcha Parfait: 800yen
Special Burned Sponge Cake: 800yen
and lunch, pasta, rice omelet, set menu, etc. available!
(*Tax incl.)

Tea Ceremony Experience at “Rikyu”
Try yourself to learn traditional Japanese tea ceremony
From 2,000yen/person (+8% tax., cash only)
* Reservation required by phone 1 day in advance; A minimum of 3 people is required.
* Other plans also available; please make an enquiry to the shop.

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


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.

Individual: Adult 2,200 yen, Jr. & Sr.H.S 1,300 yen, Child 1,100 yen
Group (over 25): Adult 1,980 yen, Jr. & Sr.H.S 1,170 yen, Child 990 yen

*Closed: Jan.16-Jan.20, 2015

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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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

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

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

Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre
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.

A much-loved, powerful performance starring Ichikawa Ebizo, coming to Minamiza this autumn!
September Kabuki Program

September 2 Tues. – 26 Fri., 2014
Show time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including 3 intermissions
*Matinee 11:00 AM / Evening Program 4:30 PM
*Matinee only on September 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23 & 26

Ichikawa Ebizo
Nakamura Kanjaku
Kataoka Takataro
Ichikawa Sadanji and others

Ichikawa Ebizo, one of the most popular and sought after actors in Japan, his international tours have had sold-out performances. Ebizo restages one of the classic repertoires from the Kabuki Juhachiban, 18 selective kabuki plays that have been carried down by his household that is known to have popularized kabuki during the Edo period. The costumes, wigs, make-up, music, and style of acting – every bit of this stage is what you would hope to see in a kabuki performance. Please look forward to this gorgeous stage.

About the Story: Kagekiyo is one of the characters who appear in “The Tale of the Heike,” an epic account of the battle between the once prosperous Heike clan and their conqueror, the Minamoto (Genji) clan. After Heike’s defeat, Kagekiyo promises revenge and legend says that he attempted to assassinate the general Minamoto no Yoritomo thirty-seven times. This time, the selected four plays are “Kan’u,” “Kamahige,” “Kagekiyo,” and “Gedatsu.” The elaborate and dynamic aragoto acting style is featured in the jailbreak scene of “Kagekiyo.” And the final “Gedatsu” is an elegant stylized kabuki dance.

*This performance has no English Earphone-Guide rental service.

Tickets (tax incl.)
Special Seat : 17,000 yen
First Class : 16,000 yen
Second Class : 8,000 yen
Third Class : 4,000 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.

Mimasu Seat: 2,000 yen
Special tickets are available to be seated directly on the stage during the only 15 min. of Gedatsu (Salvation) scene. View will be in a side-angle, there are no chairs (seated directly on the stage floor) and you cannot leave your seat during the performance. Please come to the meeting point at the designated time to be taken to Mimasu Seat. Latecomers will not be seated. You must abide by the guidelines to purchase a ticket for Mimasu Seat. Limited number of tickets. Please select other categories when sold out.
Ticket available only via the Tel. left or theatre’s Box Office.

Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre
On the east side of the Shijo Ohashi Bridge, southwest of Shijo Kawabata
Access Closest Kyoto City Bus Stops: ''Shijo-Keihanmae'', ''Shijo Kawaramachi'', ''Gion''

Japanese Cooking Class in a Beautiful Machiya Townhouse

Our class is hands-on!
*Our staff is friendly, fluent English and knowledgeable about Japanese food!
* Enjoy Japanese tea, sake and more together while in the class!

Morning Class: 9:30-13:00
Afternoon Class: 14:00-17:30

6,800 yen per person
Only NOW ¥2,000 OFF ! *8,800 yen (regular price)

Visit our website for more info & booking: www.cookingsun.co.jp

679 Funayacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto (10-min. walk from Shijo/Karasuma Stn.)
Tel: 075-746-5094

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.

Shin Rai
Need refreshment during your stay?

Refresh your body & mind at this deep-relaxing space. With various treatment courses, you will be totally refreshed & cured during your trip with just right kind of therapy for you.

Professional treatment with reasonable price
Various courses (with aroma/Chinese oil or non-oil) available!

Non-oil Body Massage (from 60min.): from 4,000 yen
Body Oil Massage (from 60min.): from 5,000
*Check our website for more options.
*English menu available

On the north side of Takoyakushi, east of Higashinotoin; A 5-min. walk from Subway Shijo Karasuma Stn.
Open:11:00-0:00; Tel:075-213-2718; 090-2668-2588
*Reservations by phone would be appreciated