278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-8094, Japan

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    If You Have the Money to Splurge.........


    This is the epitome of luxury and if you feel like indulging and pampering yourself on a night to remember, Tawaraya in Kyoto is the place to go.

    Tawaraya is the oldest, most famous inn, dating back three hundred years old. Many guidebooks are going to tell you the who's who that had walked its tatami floors and slept on their comfortable futons - Marlon Brando, the Rockfellers and Leonard Bernstein to name a few.

    Tawaraya is old school. Wooden corridors, flower arrangements, soft light glowing from paper lamps - quite romantic.

    The Tawaraya is in a very central location of Kyoto and near many sights and shops. (Heian Museum, etc)

    Tawaraya is expensive at about 35000yen per person with 2 meals. But quite worth it if this is the experience you are looking for.

    There are 18 rooms, Japanese style with bath.

    Unique Quality: -A stellar reputation as Kyoto's best and most prestigious inn
    -Superb service
    -Food is sumptuous.
    -The inn is romantic and magical

    Directions: 15 mins by car from Kyoto Staton (JR Tokaido shinkansen)

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Yogen-in Temple

by Rabbityama

I found Yogen-in to be a real hidden gem that was not crowded but also not off the tourist path; it's just a minute's walk from Sanjuusangendo!

Yogen-in Temple is small, but there are two main reasons to visit. The first is to see the famous paintings of elephants and other animals by Sotatsu Tawaraya. These are very well-known and recognizable images in Japan, and they are unique Buddhist works.

The second reason to visit is to see the ceiling! The ceiling was constructed from the floorboards of Momoyama Castle, which was the site of a fierce and bloody battle. On the ceiling of Yogen-in, you can see outlines of bodies in blood from the seppuku of Mototada Torii and his men. One of the outlines is particularly clear that it is a person. It's quite fascinating!

Entrance is 500 yen. They require all visitors to be guided through the temple in Japanese. Because of this, they sometimes disallow foreign visitors from entering. If you speak Japanese, even a little, you should be able to enter easily. Others may still be able to enter, as well. I knew Japanese, so I was permitted to enter, but I've heard mixed reports from those who do not know it about being able to enter or not. If the temple intrigues you, I highly recommend trying to enter!


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Address: 278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-8094, Japan