88 Beautiful Tourist Attractions in Kyoto

These are 88 Beautiful Tourist Attractions in Kyoto for 4 seasons that you must visit. Kyoto Prefecture is located in the center of western Honshu, Japan’s main island and is neighbored by Nara and Osaka Prefectures in the south, Mie and Shiga Prefectures in the east, Fukui Prefecture in the north, and Hyogo Prefecture in the west. Even with all these neighbors, Kyoto Prefecture’s northern border forms part of the Japan Sea coastline. Kyoto Prefecture with a population  of 2 ,600 ,000 people,  covers an area of approximately 4600 square kilometers from its core in the center of the Kinki District, and stretches northward to the Japan Sea

Tourist Attractions Worth Visiting In The Hot Spring Season In Kyoto
Tourist Attractions Worth Visiting In The Hot Spring Season In Kyoto

 

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Kyoto Prefecture’s northern coastline, with its protruding cliffs, is called the Tango Region.  Central KyotoPrefecture is known as the Tamba Highlands because of its mountains and ravines. Further south the alluvial delta that fans out into rolling hills and valleys formed from the meeting of the Katsura,  Uji and Kizu Rivers is called the Yamashiro Region.

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Kyoto travel maps guide book kyoto walking tour free

The ancient city of Kyoto, a tourist mecca steeped in over a thousand years of history, lies in a valley protected by mountains. It can be reached in two and a half hours from Tokyo by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen (Japan Railways east-coast bullet train), or in approximately one hour by bus from Osaka International  Airport and also in approximately one and a quarter hours by JR Express Railway from Kansai International Airport.

Spring tour in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera Temple and cherry blossom season (Sakura) spring time in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and cherry blossom season (Sakura) spring time in Kyoto

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Spring  is the  most  beautiful  season of the  year. In Japan, spring  indicates  the beginning  of both the  academic and fiscal years. The blooming  of the  cherry blossoms inspire people to start the new year afresh.

These are 9 beautiful locations when cherry blossom hot spring in Kyoto:

  • Daigo-ji Temple Kyoto
  • Kiyomizu-deraTemple Kyoto
  • Yasaka-jinja Shrine Kyoto
  • Ryoan-ji Temple Kyoto
  • Kasagi-yama Mountain Kyoto
  • Nagaoka-tenmangu Shrine Kyoto
  • Heian Jingu Shrine Kyoto
  • Sakagura in Fushimi (Sake Cellar in Fushimi) Kyoto
  • Kyo-no-odori  (Kyoto Dance) Kyoto
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Kyoto tourist attraction

Daigo-ji Temple Kyoto

Sitting at the foot of the mountain  range, Gojyu-no-co  or the five-storied pagoda is  the oldest building in Kyoto.   This is  a World Culrural Heritage Site which  is home as well co an abundance of national treasures and culrural properties.

Kiyomizu-deraTemple Kyoto

By  utilizing  the  peak  and  foot  of the Higashiyama mountains,  its narural  beauty is reflected in the temple.  le consists of the Nioumon Gate, three-storied pagoda, Amida• hall and the main hall.  15 stories high and built without use of any nails, a superb view of the City is possible  in the many halls at the temple’s top level,

Yasaka-jinja Shrine Kyoto

locaced at the ease end of Shijo-dori street is the red painted west gat_e of the Shrine.   The hose of the annual Gion festival, Yasaka Shrine  was ficsc built in order co expel the disease epidemics of the mid seventh century.  It is now praised as a charm, protecting people from illness and bringing business prosperity.

Ryoan-ji Temple Kyoto

The surrounding walls are made of day and enclose a simple scene of fifteen rocks siccing in a white-sand covered rectangular  garden. Containing  no trees or water,  chis World Cultural  Heritage Site creates a  feeling of unlimited space.

Kasagi-yama Mountain Kyoto

Since long ago chis area has served as a place for medication and Gyo (physical training) for the “Yamabushi”  shrine priests.   On the rocks of the 10  meter high cliff is  the carved stone Buddha scarue known  as Kokuzou  Bosacsu.

Nagaoka-tenmangu Shrine Kyoto

This shrine holds religious service for Michizane Sugawara,  the god of scholars. Blooming vividly in red, beautiful Azaiea planes line the path around the Hachijo-ike pond chat leads co the shrine.

Heian Jingu Shrine Kyoto

This Shrine was rebuilt in 1894  during  the 1100th anniversary of the 794 transferral  of Japan’s  capital to Heian (Kyoto), and foundarion  of Heiankyo  (Capital of Japan). The Daigoku-den Hall, with its white-sand garden and the Roukaku Tower, stand in symmetry with the central main tower.

Sakagura in Fushimi (Sake Cellar in Fushimi) Kyoto

Fushimi   is a region  well known for its sake brewing and for the Miya Spring Water, which is considered well suited for brewing sake.

Kyo-no-odori  (Kyoto Dance) Kyoto

A traditional art  form from Kyoto’s days as the capital.   Dressed in beauciful Kimono, geiko and maiko perform an amazing dance to the accompaniment  of shamisen,  drums  and singing.

Late Spring Early to Summer tour in Kyoto

Daigo-ji Temple and a Sakura Festival at Spring
Daigo-ji Temple and a Sakura Festival at Spring

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In  this season, trees and flowers are inspired to take on new life,  while  the mountains are veiled  with  lush  greenery.  Around  the  season when  rice growing  farmers have completed  their planting,  the long spell of rainy weather sets in.

These are 11 beautiful locations when Late Spring Early to Summer tour in Kyoto:

  • Ondasai Festival, Onagano YasakaJinja Shrine
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion)
  • Aoi Matsuri (The Hollyhock Festival)
  • Mimuroto-ji Temple
  • Joshoko-ji Temple
  • Nobotoke-no-sato  (the hometown of unknown Buddha statues)
  • To-ji Temple
  • lwashimizu  Hachimangu Shrine
  • lne no Funaya Houses (lne Boat Houses)
  • Kuramadera Temple  Takekiri-e-shiki (Bamboo-cutting ritual)
  • Kannon-ji Temple

 

Cherry Blossom Season in Kyo-no-odori Kyoto
Cherry Blossom Season in Kyo-no-odori Kyoto

Ondasai Festival, Onagano YasakaJinja Shrine

Before time comes for the planting of rice in the fields, seedlings  are plan red  at the shrine in a ceremony to pray for a rich and successful harvest.

Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion)

Built in 1482 during the Muromachi period by the   8th Shogun Yoshimasa Ashikaga,Ginkakuji is a national and World Cultural Heritage Site. The  temple is a simple two storied pavilion, covered in a lacquer paint.

Aoi Matsuri (The Hollyhock Festival)

This festival  keeps alive the elegant  manners and cusroms of the ancient court of the Heian period. Ir is  named the Aoi Festival, as the Imperial ox-carts are decorated with hollyhock leaves called Aoi in Japanese.

Mimuroto-ji Temple

Ir  is  believed  that  Mimuroro-ji Temple was built in the 8th  century.  In the beautiful gardens, azaleas blossom in May and hydrangeas  in June. Also within the  temple grounds is  the  monument for the heroine, “Ukifune,” who is featured in one of the ten chapters of Uji in the Tale of Genji.

Joshoko-ji Temple

The nearby waterfall  and entire mountain  range is considered  to be part of the temple’s garden. Within  the immediate area of the temple is a nine• petaled merry tree, designated a natural monwnent.

Nobotoke-no-sato  (the hometown of unknown Buddha statues)

Stone scarues of Buddha are scattered around the furn lands and mountains in the area. Left exposed co the elements for many years, the famous  facial expressions were formed.   Pieces of note are the Wa.raibotoke (laughing Buddha) and the Arruda (savior).

To-ji Temple

Since the time of the transfer of the nation’s Capital to Kyoto in 794, To-ji has always received special protective treatment from respective political leaders.   The five-storied pagoda,  Gojyu-no-co  is  the highest in Japan and a World Culrural Heritage Site.

lwashimizu  Hachimangu Shrine

This shrine was rebuilt by the third Tokugawa Shogun Iernirsu in  1634.   The buildings are decorated entirely with ornate carvings.

lne no Funaya Houses (lne Boat Houses)

These are examples of houses rarely seen in Japan.  Lining the coast oflne Bay on the sea of Japan side they have a boathouse on the ground level and living area above.

Kuramadera Temple  Takekiri-e-shiki (Bamboo-cutting ritual)

In chis rite which aims to represent the coming year’s harvest,  two groups compete, with sharp blades to sever long bamboo  poles, which represent huge serpents.

Kannon-ji Temple

This temple built in 720 is also known as Ajisaidera (Hydrangea Tempie) due to the more than ten thousand hydrangea planes in its garden.

Summer Tour in Kyoto

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When the  rainy  season  is over,  there  come  days  of abundant  sunshine,  with  high  humidity. There are  many  summer  events  and  festivals  including  fireworks and  cormorant fishing Bathing in the sea is also a summer attraction.

These are 11 beautiful locations when Summer tour in Kyoto:

  • Saiho-ji Temple
  • Nijo-jo Castle
  • Torokko  Railway and Hozugawa River Trip
  • Nouryo-yuka Floor
  • Tango Matsushima
  • Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
  • Miyazu Toro N agashi (Lanterns Display)  and Fireworks Display
  • Cormorant Fishing on the Uji River
  • Kotobiki Beach
  • The Thousand-Candle Mass in Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
  • Kyoto Gozan Okuri-bi (Five Mountains Send-off Bonfire)

 

Summer tour in Kyoto
Summer tour in Kyoto

Saiho-ji Temple

Often known as Koke-dera or moss temple,  due to its garden being fully covered, as if carpeted, by moss.  As a World Cultural Heritage Site, it is held in  extremely  high  regard  amongst  Kyoto’s Gardens.

Nijo-jo Castle

The  founder of the Tokugawa Government, Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa,  directed the building of the  castle in  1603 in order to  display  his collection 16th centwy paintings and sculptures. The Ninomaru-goten  Hall, with its beautiful allyear round  flower  garden,  is also a national treasure and World Cultural Heritage Site.

Torokko  Railway and Hozugawa River Trip

Excellent sightseeing is  provided by the antique Torokko railway  as it zig-zags  through the mountain gorge.   A splendid trip  in any season, the return trip on a flat bottomed boat along the Hozugawa river provides plenty of thrills.

Nouryo-yuka Floor

A balcony floor, built right above the Kamogawa River that runs through central Kyoto, provides the perfect dining space for authentic Japanese dishes as the breeze from the river adds to the elegance.

Tango Matsushima

Called Tango  Matsushima  because of its similarity  to one of Japan’s  three most famous scenic spots, Matsushima  in Tohoku.   In  the light  of the   rising sun   the  small  islands mysteriously appear to be linked together.

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

One of the most ancient shrines of Kyoto.  The two main shrines in the east and west are national treasures.   Fifty three shrine pavilions are designated as important cultural properties.   The shrine  is  located within Tadasu  no Mori  forest, where the  precious nature of the  primeval Yamashiro  Forest still remains.

Miyazu Toro N agashi (Lanterns Display)  and Fireworks Display

Lanterns are floated on the sea to console the spirits of ancestors.   The  fireworks that are launched from the sea-shore signify summer.

Cormorant Fishing on the Uji River

Using  trained cormorant  (shags)  to catch fish is an ancient Japanese method.  Fisherman  hang small fires from the fronts of their boats with metal frames and use the light to aid in handling the birds.

Kotobiki Beach

A rare beach famous for its “talking sand”, as you walk over it, the sand produces a noise said to resemble that of a Kato being plucked.   During Summer vacations the beach is packed.

The Thousand-Candle Mass in Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple

About 8,000  stone  pagoda and  statues  of Buddha lay within the temple grounds. On the 23rd and 24th of August a service  called Sento Kuyo is held, where a candle is lit on each stone statue for departed souls.

Kyoto Gozan Okuri-bi (Five Mountains Send-off Bonfire)

This  traditional event represents the  end  of summer  in  Kyoto.  On  August  l Grh,  at five mountain  locations, Japanese letter shaped areas are set alight to guide spirits back afi:er  visiting their old homes.

Autumn Tour in Kyoto

Beatiful Autumn Tour in Kyoto
Beatiful Autumn Tour in Kyoto

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Autumn is the season for harvesting. Golden-colored rice plants make up the typical pastoral scenery in Japan. Kyoto is famous for the scenic beauty of its  autumnal foliage. Trees  tinged  with red and yellow indicate the seasonal transition.

These are 11 beautiful locations when Autumn tour in Kyoto:

  • Kurama Fire Festival
  • Jidai Matsuri  (Festival of Ages)
  • Kongo-in Temple
  • Kodai-ji Temple
  • Sea of Clouds at Mt.Oe
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Tayama Hanaodori (Flower Dance)
  • Sanzen-in Temple
  • The maple leaves of Takao
  • Rurikei Valley
  • Arashiyama
Autumn Tour in Kyoto
Autumn Tour in Kyoto

Kurama Fire Festival

With  spark scattering torches blazing, over a hundred loin doth dad young men nm up the mountain in this heroic festival.

Jidai Matsuri  (Festival of Ages)

This festival was inaugurated to commemorate the  1 lOOth  anniversary of the transfer of the capital to  Kyoto. A procession of people wearing costumes of every age from the Ancient  Heian  to the modern  Meiji parade through the City.

Kongo-in Temple

Lining the side of the mountain, buildings suchas the three storied pagoda (said to date back to 829)  look as if they  are part  of the  natural scenery.

Kodai-ji Temple

Founded  by Kica-no-Mandokoro in 1606 ill dedication to the souls of her late husband, Hideyoshi Toyotorni (warlord). Night views of cherry blossoms and  maple  leaves lit  by spotlights can be enjoyed ill spring and autumn respectively.

Sea of Clouds at Mt.Oe

On cold mornings in late autumn to early winter river fug fo1111S and streams down from the mountains, The whole landscape looks as if it is covered ill a fluffy blanket.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

The  Imperial Palace served as the center of Japanese politics for over one thousand years. The  area of the place is 700  meters (East to West) by 1,300 meters (North to South). Inside  the grounds  there  are mmy spots of beauty where cherry, plum and peach blossoms attract many wild birds to the garden.

Tayama Hanaodori (Flower Dance)

A rain-festival which takes  the  form of a graceful flower dance performed by dancers with flowers worn about their heads, preceded by prayers for a good harvest.

Sanzen-in Temple

Built late ill the 8th Century ill a small village area outside of the City Center surrounded by cedar trees.   Seasonal attractions ill and around the area include rhododendron  in spring, hydrangea in the rainy season, and maple leaves in the autumn.

The maple leaves of Takao

Located ill a mountain valley, a little out of the center of Kyoto,  this  spot is  noted for its autumn foliage. Large differences in ten1peratllle between day and night make the maple leaves ill autumn especially vivid.

Rurikei Valley

A designated  national park, the steep-sided valleys hold numerous beautiful waterfalls that nm for kilometers.  Hiking can be enjoyed here all year round.

Arashiyama

A noted spot for the beauty of both its spring cherry blossoms and autumn  maple leaves. It has been famous since the Hei..an period when it was popular with the aristocracy. The bridge that crosses  the  river here is named “Togersukyo” as it looks as if the moon actually does cross the bridge.

Winter to Early Spring Tour in Kyoto

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In the winter, snow falls silently, blanketing  the ground  in white.  As the cold lessens day by day, the spring starts to creep in and flowers start preparing  to blossom in the fields.

These are 10 beautiful locations when Winter to Early Spring tour in Kyoto:

  • Ikkyu-ji Temple
  • Jyoyano-Kane (The Watch Night Bell) at Chion-in Temple
  • Hatsumode  (The First Visit for Praying)  at Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine
  • Ninna-ji Temple
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Setsubun Festival at Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Thousand-year-old Camellia Tree
  • Karnigamo-jinja Shrine
  • Hanezu Dance at Zuishin-in Temple
Winter to Early Spring Tour in Kyoto
Winter to Early Spring Tour in Kyoto

Ikkyu-ji Temple

Ikkyu, a monk well known as being quick witted, established  this temple. The subtle flavor of the temple’s natto (fermented beans)  is well known.

Jyoyano-Kane (The Watch Night Bell) at Chion-in Temple

On New Year’s Eve each year the new year is brought in by the traditional  108  bell rings.   In the case of this  bell, at 70 tons (the heaviest in Japan)  17 priests are needed to ring it.

Hatsumode  (The First Visit for Praying)  at Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine

Every new year over a million people visit to pray for a good year to come.   This  shrine  is very popular,  as it is the head shrine of the 40,000 lnari Shrines located around the country.

Ninna-ji Temple

The 100,000 square meter grounds houses many kinds of buildings, including the Golden Hall of national treasures,  the five-storied  pagoda (Gojyu-no-to) and the Nioumon gate, where the Kongouriki statue  is  found.   This  area is also famous for having the latest  blooming cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Founded by the third Muromachi shogunate Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1397, this gold-plated temple  is located  next to the pond in the middle of a beautiful garden.

Setsubun Festival at Heian Jingu Shrine

To  protect  their households from  troubles, Japanese people chase out demons by throwing beans and shouting “Demons out, good luck in”.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

The country’s main Tenmangu shrine built in the honor  of Michizane Sugawara. The splendorous main shrine and the worshippers’ hall  are designated national treasures. There  are  2,000  deep-pink blossom and white-blossom plum  trees in the grove.

Thousand-year-old Camellia Tree

Blooming from winter to spring with  purple flowers, at 1200  years old it is Japan’s largest Camellia-tree.

Karnigamo-jinja Shrine

The oldest shrine in Kyoto. The main shrine and the Gon-den hall, designated   as national treasures, were rebuilt in 1863.  The traditional buildings that are resided in by families of Shinto priests  serving the shrine are located in nearby areas.

Hanezu Dance at Zuishin-in Temple

Girls  dance,  sing children’s songs and dress in traditional pale red-plum  colored  robes in remembrance of the Heian period female tanka poet Onono Komachi.

Museum & Others Tour in Kyoto

Museum & Others Tour in Kyoto
Museum & Others Tour in Kyoto

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Kyoto  itself is synonymous with  the history of Japan.  Kyoto  is home to a number of museums  that each feature  the history,  culture and tradition of Japan.   Kyoto has maintained traditional aspects dating back more than one thousand years, while at the same time being oriented toward the future.

These are 10 beautiful locations Museum & Others tour in Kyoto:

  • Gil Asahi  Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
  • Tale  of Genji Museum
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • The Museum of Kyoto
  • Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden
  • World Brick Museum
  • Kyoto Station Building
  • Toei  Uzumasa Eigamura (Toei Movieland)
  • Miyazu Catholic Church
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

 

Gil Asahi  Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum

Situated halfway up Mount Tennozan, which straddles both Kyoto and Osaka Prefectures, a wide collection of art is housed in  an old English-style villa. You can see a fine collection of pottery and other arts as wel as water lily paintings by the master Monet.

Tale  of Genji Museum

Using scale models  and images to  give a dearintroduction to the more than thousand yearold literary work the “Tale  of Genji”,  theculture of the Heian period is well displayed here.

Kyoto National Museum

Located in a brick building built in 1895, this foremost  museum in Japan houses 10,000 items  that have been designated as national treasures or important cultural properties.

The Museum of Kyoto

The old building of the former Kyoto branch of the Bank of Japan has been refurbished to hold a museum collection that is a display of the history, culture, industry and way of life of the city and people of Kyoto.

Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden

liJ Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden than 12,000  different plants in a 240 square kilometer area. It is known as one of Japan’s most prominent botanical gardens.

World Brick Museum

The only museum in  the world  devoted to bricks holds displays  covering the history of bricks and brickmaking worldwide, including the four great civilizations.

Kyoto Station Building

One of the foremost train terminal buildings in Japan,  on the inside of the building, you can find  various  facilities  including  hotels, restaurants, department  stores and other places fur amusement.

Toei  Uzumasa Eigamura (Toei Movieland)

A working theme park fur samurai dramas and historical movies.  Visitors  can see samurai sword battles while they are filmed. Some of the attractions make use of movie  making technology to entertain.

Miyazu Catholic Church

Still in  use today,  it is Japan’s second oldest church.  The interior of the church, while being floored   in   tatami,   is  constructed  in Romanesque European style.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Japan’s first comprehensive  facility on Manga culture possesses a collection ofvaluable Manga literature from inside and outside of Japan.  It includes a ‘Wall  of Manga’,  a shelf that holds 50,000  Manga works  and extends  over a distance of 140 meters.

Traditional Arts & Craft Tour in Kyoto

Traditional Arts & Craft Tour in Kyoto
Traditional Arts & Craft Tour in Kyoto

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A great variety of traditional arts and crafts in Kyoto have developed  over the course of its  1,000-year history.    Kyoto  is  home  to  a great  variety  of artistic masterpieces, resulting from craftsmanship and high quality materials.

These are 7 beautiful Traditional Arts & Craft tour in Kyoto:

  • Nishijin Weaving
  • Kiyomizu Pottery
  • Kurodani Washi
  • Kyo-shikki (Lacquer Ware)
  • Kyo-sensu (Kyoto Folding Fans)
  • Tango Crepe
  • Kyo Yuzen (Dyeing)

Nishijin Weaving

This technique involves weaving gold and silver threads together with colored fibers  into gorgeous cloth.   This cloth is used for neckties as well as for kimono and kimono sashes.

Kiyomizu Pottery

Kiyomizu  is famous  for high  quality  bowls, cups, tea utensils and other pottery.  The pieces are usually decorated with colorful designs.

Kurodani Washi

Japanese paper is made by traditional techniques unchanged from olden times. Kurodani Washi is especially well-known  for its  delicate appearance, and  is amazingly strong and durable.

Kyo-shikki (Lacquer Ware)

‘Kyo-shikki’  refers to wooden products coated repeatedly in layers· of lacquer  sap.   Vivid• colored patterns of ‘Kyo-shikki’ present sharp contrast with the black background, which has special gloss and depth.

Kyo-sensu (Kyoto Folding Fans)

Originating in Kyoto during the Heian period, ‘Kyo-sensu’ is  a folding fun used for cooling oneself by funning  in hot summer  weather. Nowadays, it is also  regarded as refined decorative arr.

Tango Crepe

Famous  in the Tango  region  is a silk doth made with a pattern that makes the cloth look as ifit has shrunk. It is popular for kimono and other small items.

Kyo Yuzen (Dyeing)

This technique involves the brush painting of the design one color at a time onto a white doth.  The  thin  lines produced  by the fine brushes and the flashy colors are distinctive of Kyo Yuzen.

Arts Tour in Kyoto

Traditional Arts & Craft Kyoto daily tour
Traditional Arts & Craft Kyoto daily tour

Tea ceremony and flower arrangement, which originated and have been developed in Kyoto, represent Japanese culture.  At present, Kyoto is recognized as the center ofJapanese art and culture.

These are 5 beautiful Arts tour in Kyoto:

  • Kado (Flower Arrangement)
  • Noh Theater
  • Kyogen (Traditional Comic Plays)
  • Wachi Ningyo Joruri Puppet Plays
  • Sado (Tea Ceremony)

 

Kado (Flower Arrangement)

Flower arrangement evolved from the custom of arranging  offerings  of flowers to  the ancestors. This  is still  done,  bur now  flower arrangement has grown  into  an arr widely practiced by people who appreciate the beauty of flowers in daily life.

Noh Theater

This classical form of public performance  has been  kept alive  by devotees for about six centuries since  the Muromachi Period. Wearing a mask,  the performer sings and does a stately dance to flute and drum accompaniment,

Kyogen (Traditional Comic Plays)

Drawing  on the foolishness  and weakness of human  beings, with a hilariously comic slant, this genre dramatizes ordinary concerns.

Wachi Ningyo Joruri Puppet Plays

Giving life to a story related by a narrator, a lone puppeteer expressively manipulates a single puppet  to the  accompaniment of shamisen music.

Sado (Tea Ceremony)

The  etiquette involved  in  making tea was developed to cultivate  the  spirit  of the practitioner. One of the wellsprings ofJapanese culture, the tea ceremony continues  to encourage sensibilities that  greatly influence architectute and crafts.

Hot Spring Tour in Kyoto

From ancient rimes, people  in Japan  have enjoyed  communal bathing.  Together in  the bath,  after shedding their clothes,  people  communicate with each other  without regard  to age and social distinctions.

In  particular, people  flock to the natural hot springs where  the spa water welling  up from  the ground contains,  depending on the minerals  in  the water, medicinal properties  that  can cure a number of ills and  injuries.

At an open  air hot spring pool you can soak away the fatigue and  cares of life while  enjoying the scenery under  the open  sky.

Cuisine Tour in Kyoto

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‘Kyoto  Cuisine’ has  such  a refined  quality  that it  is recognized itself as an  art form. This  cuisine,  making the  most  of the  food’s  natural taste,  is a so-called  ‘concerto’  of those who  cultivate the special ingredients and the chefs who prepare them.

These are 5 Cuisine tour in Kyoto:

  • Kyo Kaiseki (Kyoto cuisine)
  • Kyo Tsukemono (Pickles)
  • Crab Dining Parties
  • Kyogashi (Confectionery)
  • Botan-nabe (Peony-shaped pot cooking)

 

Kyo Kaiseki (Kyoto cuisine)

Served on trays,  this cuisine features exquisite creations fabricated from ingredients that are grown with great care, and prepared by skilled Kyoto chefs.

Kyo Tsukemono (Pickles)

Kyoto-style pickles have a crisp dean taste as less salt is used in their production.   They  are a popular accompaniment to  rice, especially ochazuke (rice with hot tea).

Crab Dining Parties

Crabs caught in the Sea of Japan are a favorite winter treat. They are enjoyed in various ways boiled in nabe dishes, raw as sashimi or broiled.

Kyogashi (Confectionery)

Kyoto-made traditional Japanese candies are not only delicious; but prepared with color and

shape to suit each season, they are so pleasing to the eye that it seems almost a pity to eat them.

Botan-nabe (Peony-shaped pot cooking)

As a special  product of rhe Tarnba region, ‘Botan-nabe’ is  characterized by thinly sliced boar meat arranged in the shape of petals of peony.  This is a simple,  local specialty,  cooked in a single pot, with miso (fermented soybean paste) as the chiefseasoning.

Regional Specialties Tour in Kyoto

Cherry Blossom Season at Nagaoka-tenmangu Shrine Kyoto
Cherry Blossom Season at Nagaoka-tenmangu Shrine Kyoto

Historically,  the Tango,  Tamba and Yamashiro regions  have played  important roles in providing agricultural products to Kyoto,  the capital of Japan.   As there  has always been a demand for the best-quality,  ceaseless efforts and creative practice have raised  Kyoto produce to the highest level of quality in Japan.

These are 7 Regionals Specialties tour in Kyoto:

  • Japanese Tea
  • Tamba  Matsutake  Mushrooms
  • Tamba Chestnuts
  • Kamo Eggplant (Kyoto Vegetables)
  • Ayu (Sweetfish)
  • Buri (Yellowtail)
  • Bamboo Shoots

 

Japanese Tea Tour in Kyoto
Japanese Tea Tour in Kyoto

Japanese Tea

Kyoto  is  the birthplace for  rhe growing of high quality tea in Japan. Tea from Uji (Uji-cha) is considered to be a major part of what constitutes Japanese tea. Its flavor is second to none.

Tamba  Matsutake  Mushrooms

Some of the finest matsutake mushrooms, with exquisite texture and fine aroma, are grown in Tamba.   You can enjoy this rare delicacy in the famous Kyoto cuisine dish “Matsutake rice”.

Tamba Chestnuts

Chestnuts grown in Tamba are large and sweet.  They are used as select ingredients  in rhe production  of Kyoto  style Japanese confectionery.

Kamo Eggplant (Kyoto Vegetables)

Many vegetables,  distinctive to the area both in appearance and taste, have long been grown in the Kyoto region.

Ayu (Sweetfish)

Known as the queen of freshwater fish, the Ayu lives only in dear streams. Due to its life in swifi: currents the fish’s flesh is firm and high in protein, and is delicious  simply broiled with salt.

Buri (Yellowtail)

Buri is a fish that changes its name as it grows up. Caught on Kyoto’s Japan Sea coast in the winter, the adult buri are large and tasty with firm white but oily flesh.

Bamboo Shoots

When succulent bamboo shoots start emerging in the spring they are well protected by a dark skin of overlapping leaves. They can be harvested  for eating just when the tips start to poke through the surface of the soil.

Cherry Blossom Season at Kasagi-yama Mountain Kyoto
Cherry Blossom Season at Kasagi-yama Mountain Kyoto

Tourist Places In Kyoto