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.
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
‘Negoro: The efflorescence of Medieval Japanese Lacquerware”
September 1 (Sun.) – Dec. 15 (Sun.)
Red lacquerware with an undercoat of black lacquer covered by a coat of red lacquer used as vessels for food and drink offerings to the gods and buddhas, tableware and drinking vessels, tea utensils, and stationery came to be known as negoro. This appellation originates from Negoro-ji, a temple in Kishu domain (now Wakayama Prefecture).
Negoro—which possesses the mystique of a solid, practical form, the distinctive colors of red and black, a soft lacquered surface, and the warmth of a wooden base—embodies the beauty of early Japanese applied art. This exhibition presents over 200 outstanding works of negoro ware.
The museum will be closed from December 16 to March 14, 2014.
Note: Teisan bus bound for Miho Museum from JR Ishiyama Station is suspended for the time being.
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.
Entry: 500 yen, students 200-400yen.
Location: a short walk east of Ichijyoji Stn. of Eizan railways
Offering the finest quality lacquerware since 1661
Our 1st floor shop has been completely renovated and we have opened fine museum on the 2nd floor. Visit both our shop and museum and experience the depth and gracefulness of Kyoto culture.
Takamikura and Michodai – Chrysanthemum and NIPPON
Oct. 3 (Thurs.) – Dec. 10 (Tues.)
A 3-min. walk west of Heian Shrine
Open: 10:00-17:00; Closed: Wed.
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.
Aromatic Coffee & Delicious Sponge Cake at
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.
Tea Ceremony Experience at
Try yourself to learn traditional Japanese tea ceremony
From 2,000 yen/person (tax incl., cash only)
*Reservation required by phone; Price & time needed depends on the program
Open: 10:00-18:00 (L.O. 17:30), Closed: Wed.
Dress Yourself in Beautiful Kimono at
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.
English & Chinese spoken
1F Kyoto Excel Human Bldg., on the north side of Gojo, west of Kawaramachi
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: 2,000 yen (90 min.)
Every day: 9:00-10:30, 10:40-12:10
Zen meditation only: 1,000 yen (60 min.)
Every day: 9:00-10:00, 10:40-11:40
*A bowl of matcha green tea and a Japanese sweet will be served at the end of the session.
Stay in our newly-built guesthouse!
Rates: 6,000 yen/person (for 1 person/room), 5,500 yen/person (for 2 people/room)
Check-in: 15:30-18:30, Check-out: 11:00
- Free bicycle rental, Free WiFi in every guest room & common space
Check our website for availability.
To reserve Zen experiences & rooms, call or email us.
42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035 JAPAN
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.
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).
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
He has made guest appearances on the David Letterman Show at NBC, Regis Philbin, ABC and 60 other TV shows!
Try traditional swordplay & performing art in English!!
Full Lesson & Costumes: 9,000 yen for 1 person
Full Lesson only: 6,000 yen for 1 person
Pick-up service at 9:00, 13:30 or 17:00
At JR Kyoto Stn., Keihan Sanjo Stn., Nijo Castle
Visit our website for more info & booking!
* Lesson fee can be paid in advance via PayPal or on-the-day payment accepted.
Tel: 077-522-5621 (English spoken)
1-4-6 Asahigaoka, Otsu, Shiga (15 min. by train from Kyoto Station)
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.