600-1 Kakimotocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8357, Japan
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Free in Friday Kyoto 11/26

by MikeinNewYork

I will have all or part of the day on Friday 11/26 (and the next morning too). I think I'll only have time to explore the Eastern part of town (Gion and more).

Anyone who speaks Japanese want to show me around? I'd like to try a Kaiseki ryori meal that night too. Any recommendations?

Looking to see old Kyoto, but wouldn't mind exploring modern Kyoto for drinks after dinner.

Re: Free in Friday Kyoto 11/26

by mdchachi

There isn't really an "old" or "modern" Kyoto. It's all one big jumbled mess aside from a couple blocks in Gion.

Re: Re: Free in Friday Kyoto 11/26

by MikeinNewYork

I relaize that. I was just trying to convey the parts of Kyoto that I wanted to explore. I'm practicing careful framing of photos so I can get some nice pictures without that jumble of old and new. :)

Wanna hang out with geisha?

by MoogieCha


If you're at all interested in hanging out with some authentic geisha -- or geiko as they are called in Kyoto -- you might want to look up photographer Peter McIntosh's website (do a search under his name). I met him once and took his business card but have misplaced it since :(. If you don't mind parting with a nice chunk of your holiday cash for the truly unique experience, Peter will set up a dinner or tea for you and invite a couple of his geiko or maiko (apprentice geisha) friends to join. Peter's well-known around town and abroad for being a bit of an expert on geisha, I believe.

I don't know how much you know about geisha, there are a lot of misconceptions about them, but I think it will be safe enough to say that their role at your gathering will be strictly cultural entertainment!

Anyway just a hint since you stated you wanted to experience old Kyoto.


Travel Tips for Kyoto


by kat_on_moray

Visit ROB'S JAPAN PHOTO GALLERY. There is a great collection of photos of modern Japan with anecdotes- anyone who has lived there will feel very 'natsukashii'! I particularly like the sections on public universities and love hotels. Very important cultural information! To visit this site now click here


by sinjabc about Sam & Dave's Club

This nightclub was very interested with two levels. Saturday night was cosplay night and the staff members were dressed in various furry animal costumes. Mixed crowd and the music was dance, R&B and hip-hop. Sunday was much more dancehall, hip-hop and mega-weirdos.

The foreign guys are very aggressive and will dance/grab/grope you a lot. Japanese girls seem to tolerate this behaviour a lot, but I had to consistently vocalize my dis-interest. ¥1000 for women and ¥2000 for men. Business Casual

There is a small restaurant...

by orly

There is a small restaurant near Rihga Royal Hotel, on Omiya St., under the bridge. It’s very small and the cook speaks English (it’s hard to find Japanese who speak English) if you want to have some explanation about the food –this is the place

The Zen garden of Ryoanji

by kenHuocj

" ...... Wabi
is a powerful design technique that uses simplicity and understatement to allow the viewer's imagination to "fill in the blanks".

Probably more has been written about Ryoanji's fifteen rocks than all the other rocks in Japanese gardens combined. ....."

visit the three websites, read , read, meditate and meditate before your actualy visit it, spend a full morning there, at the least

Pure Water Temple

by muratkorman

Kiyomizudera was built in 780 and it is associated with one of the oldest sects within Japanese Buddhism : Hosso Sect. The temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994. The temple is located on the hills of eastern Kyoto. The location provides a fantastic view over the city from the famous wooden terrace of the temple. The name of the temple comes from the spring water which you can taste below the terrace. Kiyomizudera is open everyday from 6 am to 6 pm. The admission fee is 300 JPY.


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