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Kyoto’s October Festivals

Sep 27, 2016 By Justin Hanus

October’s cool temperatures and changing fall landscape makes it the perfect month to enjoy the rich history and beautiful natural scenery of Japan. Luckily, if you’re around the Old Capitol...[ Click to read more ]

Bicycle tours of Kyoto

Jul 27, 2016 By Bert Wishart

Kyoto, in summer, is famed for its stifling humidity, but now as we head towards autumn and the weather cools it is a good time to visit the Imperial City...[ Click to read more ]

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Don’t Miss a Maiko Performance at Kyoto’s Miyagawa-cho Beer Garden

Jul 25, 2016 By Justin Hanus

One of the most entertaining evening activities during the summer months in Japan is enjoying drinks from one of the many glittering rooftop beer gardens that light up in the...[ Click to read more ]

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The Japanese Whisky Paradox: Little Known and Widely Admired

Jun 25, 2016 By Justin Hanus

If you have lived most of your life outside Japan you might not be familiar with Japanese whisky. Although the fermented grain mash alcohol has been distilled on the islands...[ Click to read more ]

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The Kyoto Gion Festival – Biggest Festival in Japan

Jun 08, 2016 By Bert Wishart

Summertime in Japan is all about festivals, or matsuri, and one of the most popular summer festivals is Kyoto’s Gion festival, known in Japanese as Gion Matsuri. In fact, running through the entirety...[ Click to read more ]

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Kyoto and Nara – The One-Time Capital Cities are Storehouses of Japanese Heritage

May 23, 2016 By Justin Hanus

It is quite possible that you may detect some good-natured, chest-puffing sparring between the denizens of Nara and Kyoto over their respective heritage as one-time capitals of Japan. Nara was...[ Click to read more ]


Special Extended Hours and Light-Up Events for May in Kyoto

Apr 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

As if the incredible weather and the vibrant greens of springtime weren’t enough to get you out of the house, Kyoto’s May calendar is filled with exciting events and special...[ Click to read more ]

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Kawadoko: Riverside Terrace Dining in Kyoto

Jun 14, 2013 By Ray Proper

Its summer, and time for trips! If you are visiting Kyoto this summer, one highly recommended activity is kawadoko, or river dining.  Japanese people, possibly everyone,  like to eat outside...[ Click to read more ]