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  • Geisha & Maiko Experience Shop Maica
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijo Shimo Le Miyagawa Muscle 4-297
    Here visitors can rent kimono for maiko apprentice geisha at this shop in Miyagawa Town, the geisha quarter in Kyoto City’s Higashiyama Ward where real maiko and geisha walk the streets. Choose a kimono in a pattern appropriate to the season and your tastes after which experienced staff will do your makeup and dress you appropriately. In addition to a commemorative photo shoot, you can also stroll about town in your kimono. Visitors can also enjoy tours and photo shoots in famous locations provided by shop staff. The shop also offers a variety of plans, including the oiran, samurai, geiko, and couple’s plans.
  • Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride
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    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kameokashi Hoduchou Shimonakajima 2
    This thrilling riverboat ride travels approximately 16 kilometers from Kameoka in Tamba to scenic Arashiyama in Kyoto over a period of about two hours. The boat course was originally used as a means to transport materials down the Hozu River to Kyoto and Osaka. The natural and seasonal beauty of the gorge through which the river travels, however, was so great that this section of the river was turned into a boat ride course for tourists in 1895. Veteran boatman use pole, rudder, and oar to guide the vessel, impressively squeezing through rocky stretches. The boat continues to operate even on rainy days, when a tent is erected for the comfort of riders.

    The boat ride was 2 hours. We went there in early nov which the maple leaves were not showing yet. This made the ride less interesting. Luckily the weather was good but not too sunny, and the...

  • Fushimi Jikkoku Bune / Sanjikkoku Bune
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Minamihamachou 247
    Fushimi, famed since ancient times as one of Japan’s leading drinking spots, also became the site of a launch for boats traveling to Osaka in the Edo period. The Jikkoku bune and Sanjikkoku bune are pleasure boats which bring back the glory days of the port town of Fushimi. The Jikkoku bune leaves from just south of the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, the Sanjikkoku bune from south of Teradaya. The Jikkoku bune leaves every 20 minutes, the Sanjikkoku bune every hour.
  • EBISUYA Rickshaw-Kyoto Arashiyama Main Office
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 3-24
    This is a tourist rickshaw service that takes guests around the popular Kyoto sightseeing areas of Arashiyama and Sagano. One can enjoy a guided tour of famous places such as the Togetsu-Kyo Bridge and the bamboo forest of Sagano while riding in the rickshaw which is pulled by a happi-coat wearing rickshaw driver. There are various courses available to meet one’s available time and budget including the Togetsu-Kyo Yuran Course and the Sagano Yasuragi-no-Tabi. One can also charter the rickshaw to take them around their desired course. Embarkation areas include JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, the Randen Arashiyama Station and Togetsu-Kyo Bridge (north end).
  • Yume Kyoto Kimono Rental (Kodaiji Shop)
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    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama Ward Kodaiji Minamonmashu Shimogawara Higashi Ino Masuya cho 362-5 Maybe 2F
    Yume Kyoto is a kimono rental shop located five minutes’ walk from Kiyomizudera Temple. In addition to an all-day rental plan, which lets customers stroll easily through Kyoto, the shop also rents kimono for weddings, graduation ceremonies, Coming of Age Day ceremonies, and educational trips. From June to August, customers may also rent lightweight cotton yukata. Yume Kyoto also offers the convenient option of letting customers return their rented kimono at their hotel’s front desk.

    We were attending a tea ceremony at Camellia, which was just one minute away. When I was making reservation at Camellia, I was asked whether I was interested to do the tea ceremony in Kimono and I...

  • Yume Kyoto Kimono Rental (Kiyomizudera Shop)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Yugyoumaechou 583-4 Gallery Kojyo 2F
    Yume Kyoto is a kimono rental shop located near Gojozaka in Yugyomaecho, Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City. Customers can rent a complete kimono outfit, and employees help with fitting. The ease of renting kimono makes this shop popular with tourists. Since the shop has a full line of men’s kimono, couples enjoy renting kimono together.
  • Yume Kyoto Kimono Rental (Arashiyama Shop)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryuji Setogawa 26 Flora view red mama 1F
    Yume Kyoto is a kimono rental shop located in Saga-Tenryuji Setogawa-cho in Kyoto’s Ukyo Ward. The daily rental plans range from plans in which customers let the shop employees choose their kimono to full service, plans for couples, and plans for children. It is even possible to combine kimono rental with a tour of the city by rickshaw. The shop makes it easy for even inexperienced people to rent and put on a kimono, who then can wander around Arashiyama in traditional dress.
  • Yatsuhashi-an&Shishu-yakata
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    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Nishikyougokunishikoromodechou 36
    This hands-on workshop facility is in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City. Guests can try their hand at making various sweets such as yatsuhashi (reservations required). Visit the free second floor Kyoshishu Museum to take in delicate and beautiful embroidery with different themes. There's also a Kyoto themed souvenir shop that's popular with tourists.

    団体で観光バスで利用しました。HPを見ると、税込2160円の料理でしたが、天麩羅が冷えてしまっていた以外は良かったと思います。湯豆腐の豆乳鍋は酒粕がはいっているのか、只のお湯ではなく下味がついており美味でした。量も十分でした。一階はお土産、二階は刺繍作品の展示があり大変見応えがありました。

  • Ine Bay Sightseeing Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Yosaguninechou Hide 11
    This sightseeing boat plies Ine Bay in Yosa County, Kyoto Prefecture. The roughly 25-minute cruise around the bay takes in scenery of funaya fishermen's houses and an unbroken view of the sea. Yaki chikuwa (grilled tube-shaped fish paste cakes) are a popular specialty available from the ferry terminal's Hide-baiten Shop. You can also buy feed to give to the seagulls.
  • Tango Jersey Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Kumihamachoukanzaki 411
    This is an excursion farm in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture. Dairy cows are raised in the idyllic natural surroundings of Kumihama Bay. Sora, a dairy produce atelier, is located on the grounds. Here, you can buy the butters and cheeses of the farm, and try your hand at making butter or pizza in the offered workshops. Other active group events, such as farm tours, are also offered.
  • Midori Fruit Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Tsudukigunidechou Taga Payment 1
    This excursion farm is situated in Ide Town, Tsuzuki County of Kyoto Prefecture. In addition to picking your own seasonal vegetables and fruit, this hands-on farm hosts workshops where you can experience farming using the farm tools and fertilizer to grow your own vegetables. You can also enjoy other exhilarating outdoor activities, such as hiking in the hills and barbecuing.
  • Fukujuen Uji-Cha Kobo Workshop
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    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Yamada 10
    This hands-on facility where you can learn about Uji tea culture is located about an eight-minute walk from Keihan Railway's Uji Station in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. In the workshop, you can experience making matcha (finely ground green tea) with a stone mill and making hojicha (roasted green tea), and enjoy a tea ceremony in the tea room. In addition, you can also get a taste of treats such as tea, matcha ice cream parfaits and tea soba noodles in the Fukuju Saryo. This popular spot is visited by many tourists both inside and outside Japan.

    Uji is known for their excellent tea and Fukujuen Ujicha is the perfect place to learn about tea, try your hand at grinding tea to make matcha and tasting tea-inspired cuisine. This...

  • Kyoto Municipal Keihoku Forest Park
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    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City 25-3, Atago Valley, Keihoku Town Chukyo-ku
    Kyoto Municipal Keihoku Forest Park in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward gives visitors the chance to hold a barbecue in lovely natural surroundings but also offers various types of experiential learning, including instruction in activities such as making pizzas by hand and baking them in a stone oven, smoking meat or fish, or woodworking. In certain seasons, there is instruction in gathering mushrooms or serving somen noodles in flowing water. Local residents enjoy bringing their children here, but visitors come from all over.

    BBQ用の屋根付きサイトを利用しました。 スタッフの方は親切で、施設も清潔に管理されていて気持ち良く利用できました。

  • Fruits Oukoku Yasaka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Yasakachoukibashi 2194
    Fruits Oukoku Yasaka, located in the city of Kyotango in Kyoto Prefecture, is a fruit orchard open to the public from August to November. Visitors make reservations to come and pick peaches, grapes, pears, and other fruit in season. Processed fruit products, such as gelato or juice, are also sold. This is a popular spot for local families, and tourists enjoy it, too.
  • Ayabe Fureai Bokujo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Ayabe City Shota Hinoki 81
    Ayabe Fureai Bokujo is an agritourism farm in the city of Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture. Its spacious grounds contain a playground, with swings, slides and other equipment, and animals, including sheep and goats, that visitors can view up close. The farm also sponsors events, such as horseback riding. Visitors who make reservations can use the barbecue facilities. There is a restaurant on the grounds called Heidi's Kitchen, which serves rich, thick soft ice cream and meals that feature various kinds of meat.
  • Shoyeido Ranzankakyo Store
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryuji 2F in Arashiyama Ryuuguen Monzen
    This long-established, experiential facility-type store founded in 1705 is located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, and carries incense and fragrance sachets. They sell various incense and fragrance sachets as souvenirs at the storefront as well. In addition, there is a hands-on space where you can create your own original fragrance bag.
  • Registered National Cultural Asset Nishijin Tondaya
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku Omiya street Ichijo Ru
    This workshop facility is in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. Built in 1885, it's a Kyoto merchant townhouse that once housed the kimono wholesaler Tondaya. It was designated as a national Registered Tangible Cultural Properties in 1999. It's a great venue for learning about the traditional customs of Kyoto and having cultural experiences like dressing up kimonos and serving tea. They also offer tours where they show you around inside the townhouse.
  • Yamadamatsu Incense-Wood (Kyoto Main Shop)
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    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kageyukoujichou 164 Muromachi Commercial Lower Sales
    Yamadamatsu Incense-Wood is an incense specialty shop located in Kyoto's Kamigyo Ward. It sells several varieties of incense sticks made from aromatic wood. The shop contains an area where customers can buy made-to-order incense and try their hand at making their own sachets or neriko incense. Customers come from all over Japan and the world to patronize this shop.

    お手頃な少量袋での香木や、防虫香、抹香、線香などが買えました。Suicaなど交通カードでの支払いも可能。御所の蛤門の近くで、お店は1730まで開いているので、京都御所内の建物の見学を終わってからでも。

  • Yume Koubou (Gion Branch)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto shi Kyoto shi Higashiyama ku Hanami Koji Dong Shimenmon Prefecture Nakanosui 244-1 Hanami Kaikan Shrine 5F
    This shop in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City lets you dress up like Maiko and Oiran. They provide full makeup and wigs, along with the services of a professional photographer. They provide a great chance to walk around Kyoto in traditional Japanese dress, so it's popular with foreign and domestic visitors alike.
  • Sagano Romantic Train
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto prefecture Kameoka city
    This tourist railway uses the old JR Sanin Line which was left unused after a new line was built for the JR trains. It travels at an average speed of around 25km per hour. The 7.3 km trip passes through the picturesque Hozugawa River valley and takes approximately 25 minutes. The train slows for the especially beautiful spots allowing the passengers to take their time enjoying the view. The train interior is decorated in a colorful art deco style with wood seats and uncovered lightbulbs, giving it a retro feel. If you board the windowless open carriage The Rich you can feel the wind, light, and sounds dance across your skin. During the cold seasons a coal burning stove is installed allowing you to enjoy your trip in comfort.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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