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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. 

''The Miho Merciful Mother Kannon and the Lotus Miroku: Two Tapestries''
Summer Special Exhibition July 19 (Sat.) - August 17 (Sun.)

This time co-exhibiting as the greatest of modern tapestry created by Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd., Tapestry ''MIHO's Merciful Mother Kannon'' and Tapestry ''Lotus Miroku'' for the first time, the original painting of the ''Merciful Mother Kannon'' by Kano Hogai, and the original statue ''Holding a Lotus and Sitting with One Leg Pedant,'' will be exhibited to trace the concept of these gorgeous tapestries.

Also, the exhibition presents related documents of the production time of these statues for the first time, as well as important cultural assets, totally about 50 precious works of art this summer at the Miho Museum.

The museum will be closed from Aug.18-Sep.1.

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.

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
The heroes and heroines appearing in ''The Tale of Genj''

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!


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
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
Garasha 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


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.

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.

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