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Sharing our experiences in Kyoto to the world, from the autumn leaves to the Gion Festival.

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Cherry blossoms in Kyoto in 2018! The cherry blossoms in Kiyamachi and Gion were in full bloom!

Cherry blossoms in full bloom! Walking by Kiyamachi to Gion, we took some great sakura-pics!
Vanessa Apr. 18, 2018
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Spring Special Entrance to Kodai-ji Temple and Bateira-art exhibition by Baron Yoshimoto and Katsuya Terada!

The Spring Special Entrance to Kodai-ji Temple only comes once a year! And this year, we also got to see incredible artwork by two Japanese artists, who specialize in the manga style of Japanese art! This is a very special Japanese temple-experience, which only gets more romantic the later it gets in the evening!
Vanessa Apr. 18, 2018
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Grand Opening! Blue Bottle Coffee enters Kyoto in eye-catching machiya style!

Besides having locations in Tokyo, the well-known Blue Bottle Coffee has also launched in Kyoto! The Kyoto machiya townhouse-style store presents a unique aesthetic. Kyoto limited edition products await your arrival to try them out!
Vanessa Mar. 29, 2018
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Flowers bloom in the warmth of spring! View plum blossoms at Kyoto's Kitano Tenmangu Plum Blossom Garden!

The Plum Blossom Garden at Kitano Tenmangu is open to visitors annually. The pink and white plum blossoms endow this place with the spirit of spring. The Japanese sweets sold at Kyoto's old shop and the Oyakodon prepared by its popular old shop make this flower-seeing tour even more satisfying!
Vanessa Mar. 23, 2018
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Kyoto Tower, the entrance to Kyoto, has now been visited by 31 million people!

We went to an event to commemorate the 31 millionth visitor to Kyoto Tower, a popular destination also among foreign tourists
Kenji Mar. 09, 2018
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Setsubun at Yasaka Shrine in 2018 with both maiko and geisha

When it comes to Setsubun Festivals in Kyoto, Yasaka Shrine is one of the most famous and most exuberant ones. You have a raffle, maiko, geisha, and of course good-luck beans!
Sampo Feb. 07, 2018
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Time to pray for wealth and prosperity at the Toka Ebisu Festival!

Every year on 10 of January, Toka Ebisu Festival takes place at Ebisu Shrine and people go to it to pray for the prosperity of their company
Vanessa Jan. 17, 2018
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The first shrine visit of the year in 2018 to Fushimi Inari Shrine!

We went to the one and only Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for both its thousands of torii gates and foxes, in Kyoto for the first shrine visit of 2018!
Sampo Jan. 12, 2018
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Happy New Year 2018! The first shrine visit of the year to Shimogamo Shrine to seek good luck!

The year 2018 has begun! Shimogamo Shrine is a famous first-shrine-visit-of-the-year spot, where you can pray for good luck for the New Year, and you also get to see a kemari ballgame show.
Vanessa Jan. 11, 2018
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The last Tenjin-san flea market of the year, Shimai Tenjin in December 2017

We went to Shimai Tenjin at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine to get the best bargains and taste Kitano’s famous Chogoro-mochi rice cakes.
Sampo Dec. 28, 2017

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