Kyoto-fu Local Customs

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

Kyoto-fu Local Customs

  • Visiting Temples and Shrines

    Kyoto Local Customs

    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 can scoop the water to drink or to wash hands. Before entering the temple, a visitor should scoop the water and splash it on the ground close to the...

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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

    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 save you a lot of inconvenience! I noticed this from Japanese women. They have wash cloths with them all the time...You can buy this wash cloth at...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Kyoto-fu Hotels

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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 Arstainn

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

    Good for: Couples

  • 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

    544-2 Nakakawara, Hirano

  • 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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  • Hotel Mare Takata

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Royal Hill Fukuchiyama

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

    Good for: Couples

  • 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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