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“Kyo-Navi” — located inside Kyoto Station — is the place to receive the most up-to-date information about seasonal events such as the Cherry Blossom forecast or brochures for museums. Also, you can find easy-to-follow maps of Kyoto and much more for free!
What do you plan on doing with your luggage if you can’t drop them off at the hotel? No one wants to carry around heavy suitcases all day. Thus, we recommend the following luggage deliver service.
Don’t want to get lost? Well, neither do we. So we created a one-stop shop to help you navigate the complex city bus and subway systems in-and-around the Kyoto area. Visit all of the quintessential Kyoto areas such as Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, and Kinkakuji Temple here. Read More.
The Gion Matsuri is the holy festival of Yasaka Jinjya Shrine. This staple of Kyoto summer culture is not only one of the three great festivals of Kyoto, but is also counted as one of the three great festivals of Japan.
Floats participating in the Gion festival (23 floats at the former festival and 10 at the latter festival) can be roughly divided into two types, "YAMA" and "HOKO".Read more
In Ato Matsuri, comparing with the super gigantic Saki Matsuri, the participating Floats are less than half, so the scale is rather small. But that is why it is recommended as the original traditional flavor of the festival is remain more....
Kyoto Imperial Palace was very rare place to visit for tourist site even though it was the great treasure of Japanese culture. But now it has started to open its doors to the public with no-advance applications needed.
Kyoto Station is vast! When you arrive for the first time, you may be surprised by its sheer enormity. It’s not just a station; rather, it’s a mega mall with various restaurants, desert stores, and places to buy “omiyage”. Learn how to navigate Kyoto Station here.
“Yama Hoko Junko” As for the biggest “Yama Hoko” float used by the Gion festival; the weight is 12
Although it is not well known, there is a neat hydrangea garden behind the main hall of “Shinnyo-do Temple” (entrance free). Still in full bloom. It is a hydrangea spot that is still in time.
The precincts of this Rozanji Temple is the former mansion site of Lady Murasaki. Almost all her numerous literary writings, including the most famous “The Tale of Genji” and “Lady Murasaki’s Diaries” were produced at this mansion.
“Yokokuji-Temple” is the best recommended spot in the hydrangea season. However the traffic access is not so good, it is absolutely worth going.
At this time, not only hydrangea but also ”bellflower” is in bloom with remarkable beauty.
And is the garden of Tentokuin temple, one of the sub-temples of Tofukuji temple, is known as the blooming garden of bellflower and is open to the public only during the blooming season.
“Tsu-yu”(Rainy Season) at Mimurotoji Temple, here appears an Ajisai(Hydrangea) blue world. This temple located at south side of Kyoto has a very famous garden where 10,000-Hydrangea are planted at.
Sanzen-in temple located in the countryside in the northern part of Kyoto City is a little far but worth a visit.
Fujimori Shrine at this timing is famous for its hydrangea garden. However this year there seems to be few flowers. So unfortunately we cannot recommend it much.
This white noble flower called “Cape jasmine” in English is also many planted as street trees in downtown Kyoto. And now is the flowering season. It is a sweet and rich fragrant flower.
If you visit “Sanjusangendo Temple” or “Kyoto National Museum”, stop by this “Chishaku-in Temple” as well. Hydrangea is at its best now.
If you visit Heian jingu Shrine, let’s also enter the garden. You can enjoy Japanese style gardens and flowers of the four seasons.
The garden of “Umenomiya Taisha Shrine” is famous for enjoying the seasonal flowers.
Now Iris (Japanese name: Hana-shobu) and hydrangea also is coming up.