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Sharing Kyoto's monthly special reports about the seasons, traditions, and popular spots of Kyoto.

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Kawadoko in Kyoto: an outstanding summer dining experience

Summer in Kyoto means kawayuka – riverside dining. Kawayuka is also called “nature’s air conditioner.” In summer Kyoto gets humid and very hot; so many people escape this weather to the kawayuka dining platforms. When you talk of kawayuka in Kyoto, the one by the Kamo River, often shortened yuka, is probably the most famous. There are different styles of kawayuka in Kyoto, and they’re enjoyed in different ways. One of the most exciting things about the kawayuka by the Kamo River is the way you can enjoy different types of food, from Japanese washoku to such international cuisines as French and Italian. In Kibune you get to enjoy your food on top of a river, and in Takao, you get to enjoy the cool air and be surrounded by nature. So, this time we are going to introduce to you three different areas and three different types of kawayuka, by the Kamo River, in Kibune, and in Takao.
Culture Jun. 27, 2018
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Renovated machiya-style townhouse fun in Kyoto! Eat, drink, and have fun in machiya!

When you walk on the historic streets of Kyoto, you will undoubtedly notice all the old houses lining the streets. These houses are actually called “Kyoto machiya townhouses.” Do you know what this word means? It’s the townhouses that the people of Kyoto used to live in, but, sadly, with the advent of modernity, the number of houses like this has gone down dramatically. Luckily, there is now a movement to restore these Kyoto machiya townhouses to their former glory. So now you can find all kinds of restaurants and shops located in machiya, so keep reading if you want to know what kinds of machiya townhouse restaurants, shops, and experiences you can find in Kyoto!
Culture Jun. 07, 2018
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Cleanse your mind and body at the Japanese gardens of Kyoto!

Kyoto’s temples are always a popular sightseeing destination for tourists. Getting to admire beautiful gardens at these temples is an experience that is bound to leave a lasting memory! But how are these gardens categorized? What are the differences between garden types? I think that this is a question most people can’t answer without looking at Wikipedia! In this feature article, we will take a look at the defining characters of different types of Japanese gardens, and also take the Randen tram to see some gardens. And lastly, we will go find some great restaurants with nice gardens! I hope you will enjoy the profound world of Japanese gardens!
Culture May. 10, 2018
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Kyoto's delicious sandwiches & burgers

The words "sandwiches" and "burgers" should be familiar to everyone! However, have you ever tried eating sandwiches and burgers in a place as atmospherically time-honored as Kyoto? You may feel a slight sense of inconsistency. Sandwiches and burgers that originated in Europe have been introduced to Japan and undergone a baptism by the local culture. As a result, they have developed and transformed into a variety of different styles. European-style sandwiches tend to use hard bread, while Japanese-style sandwiches tend to use soft white bread. Of course, the fillings are also Japanese in style and have their own unique delicious taste. In this special report, let us uncover the mysteries of Kyoto's sandwiches & burgers and explore this delicious culinary world!
Culture Apr. 12, 2018
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Kyoto, a pink wonderland of cherry blossoms, is full of places you have to have on your bucket list

It’s almost time for cherry blossoms again! The cherry blossom season is the time when Kyoto is at its busiest because everyone wants to see the beautiful cherry blossoms of this ancient city. No matter whether you’re coming alone, with friends, with your family, or if you’re in retirement, this article will offer something for you and your cherry blossom itinerary! I have chosen some great cherry blossom spots and restaurants for you to enjoy in Kyoto, and although the cherry blossom season is very short, I’m sure that with these tips you can enjoy it to the fullest and make some great spring memories in Kyoto! So, come with me, Vanessa, and find out which are the best cherry blossom spots in Kyoto!
Season Mar. 15, 2018
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The shrines and temples of Kyoto and their traditional Japanese sweets!

There are many shrines and temples in Kyoto, many of them World Heritage Sites, so a huge number of tourists visit them every year. But did you know that some of these places of worship have their own Japanese sweet they’re famous for? In Japanese, these treats are called “Sweets sold in front of the temple gates,” which as you can probably guess, is where most of the places selling these sweets are located. These sweets are great to have when at the temple, or you can eat them later at your hotel. In this article, we take a look at what kinds of shrine-sweets you can have in Kyoto, and what they have to do with the shrine! So come with Vanessa and find out which are the best shrine-sweets in Kyoto!
Culture Feb. 08, 2018
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Winter in Kyoto is cold but actually great for sightseeing!

January and February are the coldest months in Kyoto, and you can even get to see snow here. But if you wear the right clothes, this period is great for sightseeing. If you want to know what to wear in January and February in Kyoto, and what to eat, look no further! We’re also going to say cheers with a glass of hot sake!
Season Jan. 11, 2018
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Romantic and happy winter in Kyoto!

After the autumn leaves season ends, and the calendar turns to December, it’s time in Kyoto to really start the winter preparations. In Kyoto, this means that the atmosphere turns a little bit more western from the traditional, and there are even Christmas light shows for you to see. But the most important thing has to be Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations. So come and join Vanessa on her journey to find out the most romantic restaurants and illumination events in Kyoto! It’s time to hold hands and go into the winter night of Kyoto!
Season Dec. 14, 2017
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Time to change to a kimono and go for a walk in Gion!

Among the sightseeing spots of Kyoto, one of the most popular ones is Gion. But do you know why Gion is known as the geisha district of Kyoto? And what is the difference between maiko and geisha, or geiko as they are called in Kyoto? We are going to find out, and on the way we are also going to rent a kimono, go to the shrines and temples of Gion, and finish with some fine dining establishments with Michelin stars. So, it is time to start our trip to the traditional hanamachi of Gion!
Area Nov. 09, 2017
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Exploring Kyoto in autumn!

Autumn is fast closing in on Kyoto, and soon the leaves of the maple trees will turn into vivid shades of red and yellow. In this article, you get to read about three wonderful itineraries for viewing autumn leaves in Kyoto, and in part four you even get to know about autumn leaves night illumination events that take place here in the old capital of Japan.
Season Oct. 12, 2017

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