Feature Articles

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


Eat, drink, and play in Kyoto – in Nanzen-ji and Okazaki!

The area of Nanzen-ji is a place you definitely have to visit if you’re coming to Kyoto in spring or autumn! If you walk for a bit you will get to the sightseeing area around Heian Shrine, Okazaki, which has a splendid cultural feel to it, and these two areas, Nanzen-ji and Okazaki, are easy to fit into a full day itinerary. In this time’s feature article, we take a look at the restaurants, sightseeing spots, and shops that await you in Nanzen-ji and Okazaki! I’m sure you will have fun during your trip to Kyoto if you read this feature article!
Area Nov. 07, 2018

Traditional handicrafts from Kyoto

Kimono, Kyo-yaki, Kyo-zogan, and many other words for different types of handicrafts are something you quite often hear in Kyoto, a place famed for its temples, which in turn then became patrons of art, which then lead to the birth of the “dento koge,” traditional handicrafts of Kyoto.
Culture Oct. 03, 2018

Most beautiful autumn leaf viewing spots in Kyoto

The temples of Kyoto get crowded in autumn, but if you take the train to go see them, at least you won’t have to worry about the overcrowded buses!
Season Sep. 05, 2018

The tea culture of Kyoto

The tea culture of Kyoto is very old, and you can even find the oldest tea field in Kyoto in the area of Takao, at the World Heritage Site of Kosan-ji Temple. Tea ceremony and matcha are maybe the most important part of tea in Kyoto, but there are also many other types of delicious teas in Koyto, some with a lot of umami, some with a more grassy taste, and some that have a nice smokiness to them. Read below if you want to know more about the types of teas you can find in Kyoto, like gyokuro, kabusecha, sencha, hojicha, and many more.
Culture Aug. 01, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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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