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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. 

Autumn Special Exhibition 2015
A New Yorker’s View of the World: The John C.Weber Collection
September 15 (Tue.) - December 13 (Sun.)

The German-American art aficionado Dr. John C. Weber (born 1938) has not only taught anatomy and medical image processing at Cornel University’s Medical College for many years, he is also a triathlete and sports lover. The current exhibition present over 160 carefully selected works from the Weber collection starting with a wide-range of Japanese art, including Muromachi ink paintings, ukiyo-e and other Edo-period works as well as Meiji-Period paintings, ancient Jōmon to early modern ceramics, negoro and lacquerware with makie (sprinkled design), and early modern kimono and textiles. This special exhibition, is the first time that works that were already donated to the Metropolitan Museum are being exhibited and the first time for the Weber collection to be shown in Japan.

*The museum will be closed from Until Sept. 14.

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 Joint Exhibition with SHIGUREDEN
Until Nov. 29th
Murasaki Shikibu and The Tale of Genji
-Waka and the tale written by Murasaki Shikibu-

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
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.

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
Weekends & nat'l holidays: 12:00-14:00
*Show: 13:00
Show charge + 1 drink: 2,500 yen (tax incl.)

18:00-22:00 *Show: 19:00/20:30
*Show charge + 1 drink: 3,000 yen (tax & service charge incl.)

*Other set meals also available!

A 2-min.walk from Shijo in from the Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade
Tel: 075-253-0027


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: 2,500 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); 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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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.

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''

OIRAN make over experience & photography

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

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

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.