Tuesday, June 25, 2019

First Shrine visit of the year – Hatsumode

New Year's is one of the most important holidays on the Japanese calendar. During the Edo period and the old way of counting, everyone was one year old at birth (because they counted the...

Kyoto’s Okonomiyaki

Most people who have been to Japan have encountered Japan's savoury pancake known as "Okonomiyaki". The name of this dish literally means "bake it how you like it", so it's to no surprise that...

Gion Festival: A matsuri of “moveable art museums”

A Kyoto summer without the Gion Festival would be like imagining the ancient capital without all its beautiful art and architecture. Fortunately, at this festival – one of Japan’s three biggest – you can gaze...

Gion: Geisha Street In Kyoto

Gion, one of the symbols of Kyoto, was founded in the Middle Ages in front of the Yasaka-jinja Shrine. It is a brilliant geisha district located on both sides of the Kamo-gawa River. The...

3 Historic Fan Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto’s rich history even extends to its many shops and these shinise, or historic shops, are some of the Kyoto's oldest. In fact, these three fan shops are among Japan's most historic, with some...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Kyoto (4)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Kyoto 10 Kosho-ji Temple (興聖寺) in Uji A photo posted by 拓?風 (@sohkai_works) on Dec 10, 2015 at 5:24pm PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js First colors: End of November Color Peak: End of November until...

Themed Izakayas To Experience Japanese Culture

It's all about theme-work!  Experiencing Japanese summer is not complete without going to themed restaurants and Izakaya (bars). Savory food and refreshing drinks are alluring to start with, but these venues offer great entertainment such...

Best Matcha Parfait in Kyoto

Matcha is loved all over Japan and foreigners are joining in on the powdered green tea hype. The delicious multi-layered dessert called "parfait" is very popular in Japan and many cafés have at least one...

Maple Hunting in Kyoto: Tofukuji

Sacred temple leafs As one of Kyoto's best spots for autumn foliage, Tofukuji temple should be high on the list of anyone that calls him/herself a "maple leaf hunter". You will be overwhelmed by the myriads of...

Sakura Sightseeing In Kyoto (1)

See the Eternal City tinted in the delicate pink of Spring and sigh at the fleeting beauty of the sakura. Here are the top spots to for ohanami (cherry blossom viewing). 1)  Tenryu-ji Temple This is...