Kyoto Local Customs

  • Geisha and Maiko
    by Ewingjr98
  • Geisha and Maiko
    by Ewingjr98
  • Geisha and Maiko
    by Ewingjr98

Most Viewed Local Customs in Kyoto

  • 1. Visiting Temples and Shrines

    It's tradition but a lot of visitors of the temple miss this local custom! There is a covered fountain fronting the gate of the Ginkakuji Temple. The water fountain has a bamboo scooper where you...

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  • 2. Geisha and Maiko

    Geisha, also known in Kyoto as Geiko, are traditional hostesses and entertainers for Japanese men. They are perhaps best known for their elaborate kimonos and white face paint, though geisha...

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  • 3. Gardens

    Maruyama Park, at the eastern end of Shijo-dori, behind the Yasaka Shrine, becomes a busy and festive place in spring. The many cherry trees there are a riot of blossom and centre-stage stands a giant...

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  • 4. Public Restrooms

    Most of the bathrooms in Japan (just the local ones not those in luxury hotels and upclass shopping malls), are not equipped with papertowels to wipe hands. By having a wash cloth in your pocket will...

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  • 5. Language

    The Kyoto dialect (Kyo-kotoba) is quite distinct from standard Japanese and other dialects. Because it developed in the ancient capital, the feeling it gives Japanese people when they hear it is one...

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  • 6. Festivals

    Gion Matsuri is held annually in Kyoto and is probably one of the most famous festival in all of Japan. It is on during the entire month of July and the Yama-boko Junkō, which is the parade with...

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  • 7. Enjoy autumn at Kiyomizu temple

    Kiyomize Temple (UNESCO's Cultural Heritage site) is one of the most frequently visited temples in Kyoto. The locals come here to enjoy the beauty the nature...

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  • 8. For Catholics: Church with English Mass

    If you wish to hear Sunday Mass, this church holds English service at 12 noon.It is right beside the Kyoto Royal Hotel on Kawaramachi St., about 2 mins. walk...

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  • 9. Request for extra glass of water

    Most of the water glasses of restaurants in Japan are small and tiny. I for one drink a lot of water so when I am at the restaurant I request for more...

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  • 10. Ask for extra napkins

    Most restaurants in Japan only give one napkin on the table for each person. They don't give away stacks of napkins. So, if you needed one, make sure to request...

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  • 11. Great to see a local Kyoto Wedding

    As we arrived in Kyoto the first day, my sisters and I had to kill time before our check in time at the hotel. (The check in time is actually at 3 pm instead of...

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  • 12. Cherry Blossom Forecast

    Cherry Blossom Forecast! Is there such a thing?Apparently, yes in Japan. If you often watch TV or Newspaper they often forecast about cherry blossom fall and...

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  • 13. Seat Tight

    I realise one cultural expect that we all tourist must observe and learn from the Japanese; particularly when taking a train or bus or even metro.Things I...

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  • 14. Very Classy People

    The residence of Kyoto are almost too classy. They are outstandingly friendly they go out of their way to do nice things for non locals. In Japan more then...

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  • 15. Pichinko

    Pichino is a popular game in Japan it is a casino style game played with small metal balls. The more balls you get the better things you get when you win. It is...

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  • 16. Okuni - the immortal

    Okuni stands by a bridge crossing Kamogawa - wearing a samurai sword and a fan.She's also called Izumo No Okuni and was a Japanese dancer who is credited as...

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  • 17. Walk along Kamagawa (Kamo River)

    Kamagawa stretches for about 30km and throughout Kyoto there are pathways so you can walk along the river. In the afternoon there's usually lots of couples...

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  • 18. student tourists

    Kyoto get lot of visitors not only adalt tourists but also field trip students,most Japanese students do the sights of Kyoto on their school excursionthey makes...

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  • 19. Staying in a Ryokan

    Ryokan are accommodations, peculiar to Japan. And its the only one of its form in the world. Ryokan are an excellent accommodation as good as hotel. The...

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  • 20. Public Hot Baths

    Yes, I tried it once. Many visitors do not know the procedure when bathing in a public hot bath.Basically, what you have to do is as follows :1. Walk into the...

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  • 21. Things You See Walking Down The Steet

    This may not be completely local but something you will run into anywhere in Japan.When you walk down the street or go to a phone booth.... In the public...

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  • 22. `half price'

    thats what the banner reads i was told.this banner and other similar sights-- with the economy in a downward spial-- they are becoming more commonplace now---...

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  • 23. If people on cell phones...

    If people on cell phones bother you – you will be driven crazy in Japan! People use them everywhere on the train, in restaurants, and even on the tea-cup ride...

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  • 24. UGLY CONCRETE BUILDINGSI don't...

    UGLY CONCRETE BUILDINGSI don't know how it happened, but it has happened all over the country: a bunch of foul, dirty, concrete monstrosities have been created...

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  • 25. Visit ROB'S JAPAN PHOTO...

    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'!...

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