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  • Minamiza
    142 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyo Ohashi Ebisu
    A theater which has been in operation since the Edo period (1603–1868) located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City. The theater has held kabuki performances for close to 400 years in Shijogawara where kabuki originated from, making it the oldest and most tradition-rich theater in Japan. The current building, four stories above ground and one below, incorporates modern and Momoyama architectural styles and was designated a Tangible Cultural Property in 1996. The theater’s performances of the Kaomise, held each year from the November 30 to the end of December, have become a winter tradition in Kyoto, and the sight of the traditional signboards presenting the performers’ names in Kanteiryu calligraphic style crowding the theater front above the entranceway is renowned.

    We watched “Tōkaidō Yotsuya kaidan” here. Got our tickets last minutes for 5500 Yen per person (cheapest category). We got to sit at the 3rd floor balcony, which is ok but the faces and costumes of...

  • Kyoto National Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Chayachou 527
    A museum located in the Chaya-cho neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward which first opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto. The museum changed to its current name in 1952. Visitors can enjoy viewing the museum’s collection of masterpieces and historic objects, including National Treasures, such as paintings, carvings, writings, and swords. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Maruyama Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Maruyamachou
    Established in 1886, Maruyama Park is the oldest park in Kyoto City and is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. A strolling garden built around a central pond created by the famed Ogawa Jihei VII, the graceful design makes use of natural hills. The garden vicinity is dotted with buildings such as a traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant, tea house, and the Maruyama Park Concert Hall as well as numerous other points of note, including Basho’s Hermitage and bronze statues of Sakamoto Ryoma and Nakaoka Shintaro. Also famous for its “Gion weeping cherry trees,” the beauty of the park’s cherries illuminated at night have become a must-see symbol of Kyoto. Gion-Shijo Station is the closest station to the park.
  • Yasaka Hall Gion Corner
    519 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-2 Inside the Yakinikan
    Here you can enjoy seven of Japan's traditional arts in the space of about an hour including Kyomai traditional Kyoto dance, Kyogen comedy theater, Gagaku traditional court music, Bunraku puppet theater, koto music, tea ceremony, and ikebana flower arranging. It is located inside the Yasaka Hall in Gion, Kyoto City, nearby the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater. In the lobby you'll find pictures of annual festivals held in ''Kyoto Gokagai (five districts)'' (Gion Kobu, Miyagawa-cho, Ponto-cho, Kamishichiken, Gion Higashi) as well as a Maiko gallery showing the ornamental flower pins worn by the Maiko, their hairstyles, and other small items. This is a famous place for seeing the character of Japan and is popular amongst students on school trips and foreign visitors. It is a five-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

    1hr of all-round performance show to cover main varieties of Kyoto traditional leisure/entertainment activities. My 7yo son was able to sit through it all but was a bit bored by the end. Ticket is...

  • Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
    40 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu Buddhist temple in front of Shimokita Shimizu 3-337-1
    An art museum dedicated to collecting and displaying primarily cloisonné ware, gold and silver lacquerware, metalwork, earthenware, and carvings from the late Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods. The owner, enchanted with the artworks of the Meiji period made with such fine technique, came up with the idea of opening a museum after attempting to purchase masterpieces from the period that had ended up overseas. The contents of the museum’s standing exhibits is completely changed out once each year. The Museum also holds special exhibitions every three months.

    Its not a very big museum, but that just adds to the whole coziness of the place. Exhibits are nicely done in a traditional way.

  • Ryozen Museum of History
    62 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Seikanjiryousanchou 1
    A museum located across from Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku Shrine and south of the Kodai-ji Zen Temple. The museum opened in 1970 as Japan’s first dedicated to the holistic researching of Japanese history from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji Restoration. The museum collects, researches, and displays the personal effects of historic personages and other artifacts from the period regardless of which side of the Restoration they were on. The museum exhibits pieces from among its collection of over 5,000 objects based on a given theme.

    This isnt a good or bad review. Just a warning to English speakers. On our first attempt to visit, we hiked the long walk uphill from the bus-stop in 34° heat. The museum was closed. We later found...

  • Japan Kanji Museum and Library
    45 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 551
    This hands-on experiential museum is full of surprise and discovery with exhibits that, beyond just looking at kanji (Chinese characters), let you touch, learn about, and have fun with them. It's divided into a graphic exhibit and theater on the first-floor and a theme park-like exhibit area and library on the second-floor. Wherever you go it's designed to have fun while learning, and both kids and adults love it. They also hold various courses and lectures.

    We could learn the history and the origin of Kanji. My 5&8 years old daughters were so excited to stamp their name and the country’s name in Kanji. The 2nd floor is lots of fun, too. There are some...

  • Yoshimoto Gion Kagetsu
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 323
  • Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 271
    A three-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station and a five-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. This art museum is located just east of the intersection of Hanamikoji-dori Street and Shijo-dori Street. The museum has exhibition spaces on floors B1 through 5. Focusing on works by Kagaku Murakami, Kaoru Yamaguchi, and Rosanjin and has exhibition spaces dedicated to collections of pieces by each of these artists. In addition, the museum has numerous other modern paintings, calligraphy pieces, photographs, and other works of art and holds several special exhibitions throughout the year which make use of the entire museum excluding the Rosanjin exhibit. There's also a museum shop.

    This is a 10-minute visit museum not worth your time or money. Would have written more if there was what to write about

  • Kanshuji Kankonouen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Yamashina-ku Kanshujiminamidainichicho 204
    This tourist farm is located in one of the leading grape-producing areas in Kyoto City. In addition to picking grapes, visitors can also enjoy seasonal activities such as picking strawberries or digging for sweet potatoes.
  • Momota Noen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Yamashina-ku Shinomiyanaranocho 34
    This farm grows strawberries and tomatoes and sells processed products. From December to May, visitors can enjoy eating all the Akihime strawberries they can pick for an hour.
  • Ki-Yan Stuzio Gion Main Store
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 296
    "This gallery shop just next to Yasaka Shrine is located an eight-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station. It exhibits and sells Kyoto apparel, handbags, smartphone cases, Japanese-style sundries, and other items featuring designs by the rocking Kyoto mural painter Hideki Kimura. Each of the vibrant and dynamic designs shares a theme of ""less paintings in a museum, more downtown pop art."" Some have been selected as visuals for a promotional campaign by the Japan Tourism Agency as well as for the packaging of Takashimaya's mid-year and year-end gift sets."
  • Kodaiji Sho Museum
    32 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimokawaracho
    This museum is on Neneno-michi street, on the west side of Kodai-ji temple. Its exhibits center around treasures of Kodai-ji, which was built at the behest of Kita no Mandokoro Nene to honor her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and its related temples. This museum also holds the statue of Toyotomi Hideyoshi seen so often in textbooks and on TV, as well as other items connected to Hideyoshi and Nene, like the Famed Men and Flowered Land standing screen, or the Kechimyaku Bako box. It conveys the quiet world of faith left behind by Kita no Mandokoro, and offers a sense of deep peace and relaxation. There is a combined ticket that allows you to tour both the museum and the connected Kodai-ji temple.

    This museum is very small (one room). We got a combined ticket with the temple. There were some interesting items (e.g. Military outfits) but the translation was very limited so dont think we got...

  • Rakuto Ihokan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku
    This home was the residence of the Kashibara family, who were wealthy Kyoto merchants during Edo period. Located along Toiyamachi Street a five-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, the home is opened to the public twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. There, visitors can view Kashibara family heirlooms passed down since the Edo period on display. The lineage was founded by Kashibara Goemon, a retainer of Kato Kiyomasa, who was the lord of Higo Province (modern day Kumamoto). Starting as Kyoto sundries merchants, the family gradually expanded the scope and scale of their business over time, eventually owning a shop in Edo, which was a major status symbol for Kyoto merchants at the time. The diverse heirlooms on display include a wedding trousseau, paintings, calligraphy, tea utensils, and more. Of these items, the marriage trousseau considered to be especially precious. The current building, which has survived countless fires, still retains the appearance of a centuries-old merchant home. The home is one of the most precious buildings in Kyoto, a city with myriad historic buildings.
  • Agitating Point
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Rinkacho 425-4-5 Sachiu Building 3F
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa
  • Darts&Billiard floor Pick UP
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Yamashina-ku Oyakehosodacho 65
  • Bar Grato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato Oji 4-jo Agaru Tominagacho 144 UEDA Building 21F
  • ToN eighty
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 347-9
  • Peanut Bull
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 347-161 SachiAkira building 3F

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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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