Hotel Sugicho

172 Moriyamacho, Oike-agaru, Tominokoji, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-0953, Japan
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kyoto for golden week

by vidaboa

Hey all, I lived in Tokyo for 7 years, and am now coming back to visit, staying in Kyoto for Golden Week. I am bringing my girlfriend, and this is her first time to Japan, so I'd like to show her some traditional aspects of Japanese life and customs.

I thought of maybe the following as some examples:
- Visit temples/shrines in Kyoto
- Day-trip to Nara (maybe also Arashiyama)
- Go to an onsen
- Stay in a traditional ryokan
- Eat modanyaki

Are there any festivals around the Kansai region during GW that anyone can recommend?
Or, any other ideas on traditional activities?

What image comes to mind you you think "Japan"?
I lived there for so long, I need to step outside the box to grasp what might be interesting for a first-time visit to Japan.

Cheers for any suggestions, damon

Re: kyoto for golden week

by Floretta

Don´t forget Nikko and Kamakura

Re: kyoto for golden week

by Care824

Apparantly the Aoi Matsuri will be gearing up beginning in Golden Week. The Kyoto events guide does not have May's schedule up yet, but here's the link for last year's schedule to get an idea of what could happen. We'll be in Kyoto then too, so we're looking forward to it.

As far as the other things go, I think you've hit on pretty much everything she should be expecting as a first time visitor. Maybe a walk through Gion. Do you have any friends or family still in the area? She would probably like to get together with some locals to share a meal or other basic interactions that are taken for granted, but are very interesting to visitors.

Re: kyoto for golden week

by yukisanto

Some places I think you should really go, they were the best stuff for me:

-Fushimi Inari shrine with the thousand tori gates
-Golden pavilion
-tradtional kyoto sweets shop/cafe.
-shijo street (for trad jap stuff shopping and people watching)
- kiyomizu temple and the quaint streets leading up to it

I didn't go to an onsen when I was there, but I was at this mountain spa in kyoto, which had the same ambience and same way of bathing, except the water's not spring water. You can check out my kyoto tips

For food, I loved the takopaki (octopus balls), okinomiyaki and sushi of course.

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Kyoto Tower

by BorderHopper

One of the first things we noticed about Kyoto was the large tower knon as the 'Kyoto Tower' which stands high above the Kyoto Rail Station. It happens to be the tallest structure in Kyoto so you won't miss it upon your arrival in the city. If you ever get lost just look for the tower and you know you'll eventually end up at the train station. Unless you like spending your hard earned money on expensive elevator rides don't even bother paying nearly $11 usd to go to the top of this tower. You can see a similar view of Kyoto from the top floor of the Kyoto Station building just across the street.

An Exquisite Garden in Any Season

by shenandoah

Okochi Sanso was the private villa of a silent film star of Japanese movies in the 1920's. He built an extraordinary garden and estate which is now open to the public. For about 800 yen, it is well worth the price to go...quite a few acres, a nice cup of green tea with a sweet, and gorgeous views. In the area is also a lovely bamboo forest. It's in the Arashiyama area near the Torokko Romantic train, western Kyoto.

Kansai International Airport

by bkoon

This is a unique airport. It is built on a reclaimed island. I read that it is one of most expensive airport in the world. Services are alright. There are buses and trains from the Airport to Kyoto and major cities.

Yasaka Shrine

by dancinbudgie

Yasaka Shrine was originally called Gion Shrine. The Gods there are said to protect against sickness. In July, this shrine is where the religious ceremonies of the Gion Matsuri are held. it is also very popular in early January, when many people make it their 'first shrine visit' (hatsu-mode), of the New year. The shrine was first established in 656.

GINKAKUJI (Temple of the...

by drolkar

GINKAKUJI (Temple of the Silver Pavilion), originally built in 1489 by the Shogun Yoshimasa Ashikaga as his villa...
Don't miss the beautiful statue of Hase Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, on the second floor! Also, enshrined downstairs you will find one thousand statues of JIZO, the guardian god of children...


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