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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
Nighttime Tour of Kyoto by Bus
"Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. This bus will pick you up from one of 5 designated starting points and take you to the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Five Story Pagoda of To-ji Temple Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle as well as the Outenmon gate of Heian Jingu Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. The bus will also visit Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion district at the heart of this ancient city with Heian Jingu Shrine and Chion-in Temple specifically illuminating their shrine and temple especially for this tour! All of these locations are lit up in a beautiful fashion that highlight both the architecture and culture against the beautiful night """Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. The bus tour will take you around UNESCO World Heritage sites including To-ji Temple Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle
From JPY2,100.00

Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple Tips (2)

funniest, fascinating stone sculptures

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, beautiful buddhist stone sculptures.
In Arashiyama, go to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, where one can walk the bamboo grove. pass this temple, follow the walking path north,till one reaches the orange torri, walk through it and continue walking for another 10 mins. the Otagi temple is on your left side, hill slope.
the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji looks very ordinary, but the treasures are inside !
The statues here are special because most of them were carved by amateur carvers.
a famous sculptor, Kocho Nishimura taught hundreds of sculptors, amateur and professional alike how to carve statues from stones, the result is a delightful mix of serene, somber, silly and bizarre. Try to find the two tipplers, two doing different handstand, a photographer, a saxophone player and a surfing disciple ?
a donation of 300 yen is requested for the upkeep of the ground.

How to get there
By Japan Railways (JR)
The fastest access from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama is provided by the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line). The one way ride from Kyoto Station to Saga-Arashiyama Station takes 15 minutes and costs 230 Yen.
From Saga-Arashiyama Station, central Arashiyama can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk.

By Hankyu Railways
From Kawaramachi or Karasuma Station in central Kyoto (Shijo Street), take the Hankyu Main Line to Katsura Station and transfer to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line for Arashiyama. The one way trip takes about 20 minutes and costs 220 Yen.
Hankyu Arashiyama Station is located on the opposite side of the river, about a 5-10 minute walk from central Arashiyama.

By Bus
Bus lines connect Arashiyama with several parts of Kyoto, however, it is recommended to access Arashiyama by train to avoid the risk of getting stuck in traffic jams.

By Car / taxi
tell the taxi driver to take you to the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, the temple is on your left side, hill side. before the road enters the tunnel.

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A Thousand Surprising Buddhas

What's the collective noun for Buddhas? A flashmob of Buddhas?

Otagi Nembutsuji is an hour out of Kyoto on the number 72 bus, beyond the Arashiyama hills and obviously not marked on most tourist maps as there was not a soul in the entire place. Well, besides me and the Buddhas.

There are nearly 1500 carved Buddhas here, from drinking Buddhas to a surfing Buddhas, and even an Akibahara geek Buddha, complete with glasses and calculator.

Mossy, misty, and silent, this was my favourite place in Kyoto.

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May 02, 2006
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