Experience / Training / Vehicle Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride
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    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.

    I combined this trip with the Sagano scenic railway and bamboo forest walk. They are all in the same location of Kyoto. A thoroughly enjoyable ride through gentle flowing and some small rapids...

  • Ine Bay Sightseeing Boat
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    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.

    It’s a short 20 mins boat ride round the bay to see the old houses that still line it, with a few fishing areas. Before you board, one could purchase a small pack of Calbee Prawn Crackers for...

  • Tango Jersey Farm
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    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.

    Our family stopped here for an icecream on a hot afternoon. There is a nice restaurant area and shop selling a good variety of flavoured icecream in cups/cones, plus locally make cheese, yoghurt etc...

  • Fukujuen Uji-Cha Kobo Workshop
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    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...

  • Sagano Romantic Train
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    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.
  • Yume Kyoto Kimono Rental (Kiyomizudera Shop)
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    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.

    I finally convinced my husband to do this on our final day in Kyoto and he loved it. The kids also loved the experience and I think this had to do with the professional ladies who were running the...

  • Maiko and Oiran Experience Kokoro Hanashizuku
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Miyagawasuji 3-273
    "Located in Miyagawa-cho, one of Kyoto's ""Hanamachi"" geisha districts, this shop lets you dress up as a maiko or oiran. To create even more authenticity in the experience, the shop is a renovated Kyoto machiya, once frequented by true maiko. The shop still preserves the original machiya aesthetic, with the aura of the Hanamachi filling every space. They have a variety of plans, including a basic studio photography session, guided walking tour, riksha rides in maiko outfit, and more. The chance to try on some new and luxurious clothing for a whole new you in oiran (courtesan) experience course is also popular"

    This was one of my favorite experiences in Japan. I looked at several maiko photo studios. After I saw the photos from this one, I didn’t even consider anything else. I chose the Oiran style because...

  • Uji City Municipal Tea House Taihoan
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    Kyoto Uji-shi Uji Togawa 2
    This authentic tearoom was built for the purpose of promoting Uji tea and popularizing Japanese tea ceremony. In addition to serving delicious Uji tea, it also offers tea-serving experiences. While usucha (weak matcha tea), sencha (medium-grade green tea), and gyokuro (high-grade green tea) can be enjoyed without a reservation, some of the teahouse's offerings including all tea ceremony experiences require a reservation made three days in advance. Make sure to check which offerings require reservation ahead of time.

    Stopped in Uji in our way to Nara. Always wanted to be part of a tea ceremony since I’m a huge fan of Japanese tea. The ceremony was really funny and interesting although the ladies didn’t speak...

  • Kyobasha
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    Kyoto Kameoka-shi Shinocho Yamamoto
    Passengers on this open horse-drawn carriage can feel nature around them as they enjoy touring the area. Two courses are available; a one-way course and a round trip course. The one-way course mostly connects Torokko-Kameoka Station with the boarding area for the Hozu River Boat Ride. The round trip course departs from Torokko-Kameoka Station before exploring the area along the Hozu River and returning to the place of departure via the same path. Service is suspended from January to February each year.

    After we arrived at Kameoka Trokko Station on the Sagano Scenic train there was not much to do so we decided to take a ride on a KYO-BASHA, the Japanese horse and carriage with the expectation that...

  • Yamadamatsu Incense-Wood (Kyoto Main Shop)
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    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.

    御所から1本西に入ったところにあるお香専門店。 香初体験の友人と香炉の整え方と香の聞き方を体験するコースに参加。自宅でも出来るようにやさしく丁寧に教えてくれる。伽羅のほかに5種を聞く事もできて良かった。香りの微妙な違いに次は三種香や源氏香などの香当ても挑戦したいものだと思った。聞香で癒されたあとに、お菓子とお抹茶まで頂きほっこり。

  • Yume Kyoto Kimono Rental (Kodaiji Shop)
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    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.

    Myself along with my son and his family rented Kimonos at this place during our visit to Kyoto. From the moment we walked in , during the Kimonos selection, the dressing help .. everything was above...

  • Yume Kyoto Kimono Rental (Arashiyama Shop)
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    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.

    Excellent service here. Love the Kimono. People are very friendly and the quality of the service is excellent as well. Thanks

  • Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Nishikujosugatacho 7
    A disaster prevention center located an eight-minute walk from Kintetsu Railway Jujo Station. In this interactive facility, you can look, listen, touch, and experience the actions you need to take and the knowledge you need to have during a disaster. The center offers half day programs which teach you what you might experience and what you should do under wind speeds of 32 meters per second, or what the horizontal shakings of earthquakes in the range of JMA Seismic Intensity four to seven feel like. There's also an open exhibit area where you can experience a simulated urban flood; and get in the Hiei, a helicopter actually used by the Kyoto City aerial firefighting brigade and try a realistic helicopter flying simulation.

    All exhibition in Japanese Staff nice but communication was not too effective Most interesting is earthquake and strong wind simulator at ground floor Prepare to wait - many student groups will...

  • Fushimi Jikkoku Bune / Sanjikkoku Bune
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    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.
  • Ayabe Fureai Bokujo
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    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.

    ヤギやネコがいる綾部ふれあい牧場内のレストランで、店内でも食事できますが、天気がよい日はテラス席で草原を見ながらの手ぶらバーベキューが楽しめます。他に焼肉定食やジビエの鹿肉シチューなどもあるので、予約なしでも楽しめます。 ジャージー牛のソフトクリームありますが、この牧場にはジャージー牛はいないので、那須高原産と書いてありました。でも濃厚なソフトクリームはおいしかったです。

  • Maiko Oiran Experience Kyoto Aoi
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Higashinotoin Dori Nanajo Sagaru 2-chome Higashi-shiokojicho 541-1 New Suehiro Building 4F
    A shop just a one-minute walk from the front of Kyoto Station where you can experience being a Maiko or Oiran courtesan. This popular attraction will dress you up in a kimono and hairpiece with an ornate hairpin allowing you to feel close to being a real Maiko or Geisha. They have a variety of different Geisha and Oiran options and can accommodate singles, couples, or mothers and children.

    We did the AOI Maiko photo session for our two girls (9 and 14). Its a great experience and the pictures are awesome. The staff is very friendly (no big surprise really in Japan). Their location...

  • Sanson Toshi Koryu no Mori
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Hanaseyamasuchou 250
    "This forest park is located close to the ""Hanase Koryu no Morimae"" bus stop. The park's vast 1,000 hectare grounds encompass the Katsura River and Ado River headwater basin and visitors can enjoy seasonal outdoor activities like playing in one of the rivers and building a snowman. The park also has lodging facilities. The park center has tennis and volleyball facilities and is also used for concerts. Barbecuing is permitted in the park on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and during the summer vacation period. There are many scenic destinations in the area such as the Bujoji Temple and a famous trio of majestic cedar trees known as the Hanase Sanbon Sugi, the tallest trees in Japan, and visitors can enjoy trekking as well. The park also holds guided tour events."

    京都市左京区内ですが、京都の中心部から車で約一時間。鞍馬峠と花背峠を越えると現れる、素朴なリゾート空間です。特に夏は、市内でありながら、京都中心部より2~3度気温が低く、川の水は清涼で、公園内の川では川遊びができます。敷地内には、「森愛館」という木造のイベント会場もあり、いろんなイベントも開催されます。自然の中で自然を感じてリフレッシュできる場所です。ただ冬は、いち早く冬景色に囲まれます。「翠峰荘...

  • Senya Farm
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nishikyo-ku Oenishinagacho 1-60
    This farm is a place where people can enjoy seeking the tastes of the season, whether it is digging for bamboo shoots in the spring, picking grapes in the summer, or picking persimmons in the fall. Digging for bamboo shoots is a fun but optional part of enjoying a meal of bamboo shoots and sukiyaki at the farm.

    柿狩りに来ました。 少人数なので予約なしで思いつきで来れたのが良かったです。 広い園内は幼稚園や小学生の遠足でも利用されている感じです。お弁当を広げるスペースや、テーブルや椅子がたくさん用意されていたり、ちょっとしたアスレチックもあります。 貸し出しのゴザや座布団もありました。 予約をすればBBQもできるそうで、コンロを置けるテーブルもたくさんありました。 直売所も併設されており、買い物客もたくさ...

  • EBISUYA Rickshaw-Kyoto Arashiyama Main Office
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    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).
  • Shoyeido Ranzankakyo Store
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    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.

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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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