Kyoto-fu Local Customs

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Kyoto-fu Local Customs

  • Visiting Temples and Shrines

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 brings to the surroundings of the Temple. It was built in 793 and renovated in 1633, 30 years after the Tokugawa Shougun had started. Its a "must" place when you are in Kyoto. How to get...

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  • Geisha and Maiko

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 apprentices, called maiko, more commonly wear the bright white paint. While many observers believe geisha are prostitutes, traditionally geisha and prostitutes...

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  • Language

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 of beauty, class, elegance, and nostalgia. It is more polite than standard Japanese, and it is often seen as somewhat feminine (because it is so...

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  • Public Restrooms

    Kyoto Local Customs

    Talk to a man about a horse - japanese style Culture-shock Japan reloaded ! So you thought it was about time to "talk to a man about a horse" and you had the feeling you have entered the right door and then they direct you into this place and you might ask yourself, whether japanese men are really built that much differently, so will they need...

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  • Festivals

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 the floats, is the absolute highlight of the festival and is on July 17th. Kyoto's downtown area is closed for traffic on the three nights leading up...

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  • Restaurant Etiquette and Advice

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 water. Most of the time the Japanese restaurants provide for tea, though. But there is nothing like drinking water after your meal as I am used to. However, drinking tea is supposed to be good for...

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  • Fashion

    Kyoto Local Customs

    When old Cliffie last worked in Japan, the fashion - alas - was for short hair and long skirts. Now, it's long hair and short skirts - which perhaps explains his readiness to hop on a plane to Japan a couple of times a year. Schoolgirls, in particular, seem to vie with each other to wear the shortest skirt, usually over crumpled long socks that...

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  • Shopping Etiquette and Advice

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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--- unheard of in japan until now i would guess...

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  • Ryokan Etiquette

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 structures are made of wood. They have a Western-style guest room but mainly composed of Japanese-style room.(Room with straw tatami mats) A Japanese-style room has various faces as a drawing room,...

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  • Church Services

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 south of the Shiyakushomae subway station.

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  • Gardens

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 and ancient weeping cherry tree, raised on a small hillock and fenced-off to protect its roots. The pathways are lined with food stalls and hanami...

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  • Train Etiquette

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 observed in Kyoto metro: 1. Seat tight or stand quitely 2. No ringtones & no talking in the handphone 3. Whisper only (but most of the time they dont talk) 4. Look down or up otherwise reading...

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  • Cherry Blossoms

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 the best day to view the full bloom of Sakura tree. Kansai is properly the best region to view sakura during cherry blossom season. If you staying in the hotel, you will definite see big...

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  • Kyoto is a city of bicycles

    Kyoto is a city of bicycles. School children, businessmen, mothers with small children, all ride. I even saw women in business suits with slim fitting skirts with nylon stocking and heels riding bicycles. These are ridden on the sidewalks, which are quite wide, not in the streets. All riders are highly skilled. They pass each other and the...

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  • Aoi Matsuri Festival

    Aoi Matsuri Featival is a one of the big three festivals in Kyoto, and is held on May 15th every year.The festival started as purification rites in the Heian period, and it involves a parade of costumed nobels, courtiers, horses, and ox-carts between the Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine.

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  • Safest Place

    The most amazing thing about japan was the people....they are gentle, kind and serving. Everywhere we went, the japanese were helpful and went out of their way to make you feel welcome.One of the best stories of japan was a travelling mate left her wallet in the backseat of the taxi...and it was returned to her without a yen missing the next day....

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  • Hotel Granvia Kyoto

    We stayed 3 nights at Kyoto Granvia Hotel from Feb. 27 to Mar 1, 2008. We paid Yen 17,600 per night,...

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  • Hotel Mare Takata

    2002-3 Hama, Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, 625-0036, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • R Inn Fukuchiyama

    3-20-1 Ekinancho, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, 620-0942, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Mizayu Royal Hotel

    58 Koaza-Iwamoto Aza-Tai,Miyazu-Shi, Miyazu, 626-8

  • Ueno Frex Hotel

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  • The Westin Miyako Kyoto

    First thing when you enter this hotel is that you notice is that it has a small front desk area for...

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  • Hotel Arstainn

    10-3 Minami Hamacho, Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, 625-0057, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Royal Hill Fukuchiyama

    176 Aza Haze Koazasawaiyama, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, 620-0857, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Hyatt Regency Kyoto

    This hotel is situated a seven minutes taxi ride from the train station (about 7-800 yen) and five...

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