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Private Dinner with a Geisha
"This experience is a guided tour with a private dinner with one maiko. This is a truly private and authentic party arrangement with a privately arranged maiko for approximately two hours. This includes a guided tour and Japanese dinner course. You may choose from two options: a half Kaiseki course option in a room with others or a full Kaiseki cour or Kaiseki ryouri is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner that came about originally when monks would ward off hunger with warm stones. Due to the half Kaiseki option being in a room shared with others voices from neighboring tables may be overheard. But there will still be one maiko with her undivided attention to the room.For the full Kaiseki course at the Japanese restaurant’s private room there will be one maiko there specifically for your room.Both half and full Kaiseki meal options will meet at 5pm at the Minamiza theater and will go on a guided tour of the geiko and maiko district. Then at around 6pm
From JPY16,000.00
 
Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
"The tour starts at 9am from the Hotel Granvia Kyoto in the JR Kyoto Station building. You are requested to select one of two different courses Northwest-bound course or the Southeast-bound course. The Northwest-bound course visits the Bamboo Grove the Rock Garden (Ryoanji Temple) the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo Castle or the Nishiki Market. The Southeast-bound course visits the Sake Brewery the Fushimi Inari Taisha the Sanjusangendo Temple the Kiyomizudera Temple and the Ninenzaka or Sannenzaka Slope.Tour ends at 4pm near the Gion area
From JPY10,000.00
 
Half Day Tour of Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
"You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Kyoto at 9am and first head to Nijo Castle where you will spend approximately 60 minutes exploring. The Nijo Castle was the residence of the Shogun when they visited Kyoto on special occasions. T also marks the event when the last Shogun returned the governing power to the Emperor. The second stop will be the Kinkaku-ji Temple which was built by the third shogun of the Ashikaga clan in the 14th century. It is famous as """"Golden Pavilion"""" because of its gorgeous gildings. The shape of this building is reflected on the surface of the pond in the front creating a picturesque view. You can enjoy the view of the palace all four seasons of the year. Along with Nijo castle the Kinkaku-ji Temple is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.After visiting these amazing sights you will be dropped back at your hotel in Kyoto at around 1pm."""
From JPY16,000.00

More General in Kyoto

Start early when going to the National Museum

Get up early so you can catch the bus if you wanted to get in to the National Museum. During the Spring time and Fall season, Kyoto is a famous destination for local tourists so make sure that you get...
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joiwatani
Mar 08, 2008

If you have three days in Kyoto, skip the Sansumo

There are so many things to see in Kyoto, so why not explore them first. I specifically wanted to see all the temples. My biggest mistake on the first day was actually visiting the Sansum National...
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joiwatani
Nov 01, 2008

Sign up for cellphone at Narita Airport

If you are in Japan for business or for sightseeing tour and wanted to have a cellphone where you can get in touch with your family, friends or business partner, you can actually sign up for a cell...
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joiwatani
Nov 11, 2008

Street view

The best thing I could do in Tokyo was simply getting lost in its small streets around Gyon.In particular I can reccommend the street that goes from Kiyomizu temple to Gyon, to take this street, once...
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xaver
Oct 11, 2009

Heated tables in cold weather

If you think that seating on the tatami (straw floor) Japanese style is tough, you have not used the heated table or kotatsu yet.Usually sittng position is crossing your legs in lotus position, or...
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SLLiew
Oct 23, 2006

Walking Tours in Kyoto

There are two walking tours that I know of in Kyoto, for those pressed for time or who want more in-depth information when seeing the sites. This is also a good opportunity for those who have limited...
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heywinks
Dec 24, 2003
 
 
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Japanese carp (koi)

In every Japanese garden, there is a pond. In every Japanese pond, there is more than 1 carp called "koi" in Japanese.These colorful fishes are also called "Nishikigoi" or Living Jewels. You can have...
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SLLiew
Oct 23, 2006

Buy prepaid Cards

Kyoto City Bus One Day CardThe price for this bus card is 500 Yen for adults and 250 Yen for children. It can be used on all the Kyoto City Bus lines withing the central city for one day.Kyoto...
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joiwatani
Dec 07, 2008

Walk on the green side.

If you have enough of all the temples and other buildings you can always unwind in a park. The Maruyama park for instance. It is very populair with the locals too.An other green idea is walking in the...
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tompt
Aug 07, 2003

Cute Little Japanese Masks

I have been told by some that Japanese in public may not show their true feelings so as not to damage relationships or rock the boat. Guess it is a matter of degree. But what better than to wear a...
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SLLiew
Nov 07, 2006

MARUYAMA PARK

Visit MARUYAMA PARK during the Cherry Blossoms period. It is located just a little east of YASAKA SHRINE. It is well known for its beautifully landscaped garden and its magnificient cherry blossoms in...
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Adeline_Foo
Sep 08, 2002

Japanese school trips

When visiting popular tourist destinations, you cannot miss Japanese students in their uniforms in their school trips.There will be a mandatory group photograph before the students quickly go on their...
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SLLiew
Oct 23, 2006

KYOTO, beautiful

The Center of Kyoto is very commercial and the streets very straight, the 90º corners everywhere make me imagine that the concept of the city Center in very European. All the bog departments stores,...
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jlvillalba
Jan 04, 2003

Kyoto Tourist Guidebook

This is a general tip about tourist information material in Kyoto. When arriving at the station, for example, you should get yourself as much material as possible, a bus map, city map and, very...
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Ines28
Jul 31, 2005

Top Hotels in Kyoto

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JR Kyoto Station Karasuma Entrance Karasuma-Dori Shiokoji-Sagaru Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, Japan
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Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, 604-0902
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644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0941, Japan
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17 Minami-ku Nishi Kujoin-machi, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 601-8412, Japan
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1 Awadaguchi Kachocho, Higashiyama-ku, Sanjo Keage, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0052, Japan
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Karasuma Sanjyo Minami Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-8161, Japan
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Top Things to Do in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion

By bus from downtown we reached Kinkaku-ji Temple after 40’. First we took some cold coffee from the machines outside the temple grounds and then we walked inside, purchased our ticket (¥400) and we...
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Kiyomizu Temple

I wish you shelter from the storm / A cozy fire to keep you warm But most of all when snowflakes fall / I wish you love I wish you love (Frank Sinatra) Second day in Kyoto and we woke up early...
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Gion (Geisha District)

Gion is the famous geisha districted that is located between Yasaka Shrine and Kamo river with Shijo Dori crossing in the heart of it. We visited the district twice, first early in the morning on...
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Nijo Castle

The most famous castles in Japan are located on spectacular naturally defensible landforms. Nijō castle though stands on a plain, now surrounded by the city of Kyoto. It is defended therefore by...
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Fushimi Inari Shrine

Normally I try to take people to see Fushimi Inari shrine in the afternoon; it normally fits in between a train trip from somewhere (and hotel check-in) and dusk, and the light is good for...
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Philosopher's Path

The Philosopher's Path is a stone path in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. It follows a narrow canal which is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. We were fortunate enough to see it when these were...
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joiwatani

"Kyoto is a must see for every tourist in Japan!"
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Rabbityama

"Cultural Capital Kyoto"
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bkoon

"WORLD OF ITS OWN (Kyoto,Nara,Osaka,Himeji &..."
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Pixiekatten

"KYOTO - THE HEART OF JAPAN"
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toonsarah

"City of two thousand shrines"
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