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By visiting our one-stop shop, you will receive our carefully selected information with practical tips for travelers.
Our goal is to help you have a smooth transition on your grand adventure throughout your visit to Kyoto.
Let’s make sure you have the most incredible experiences during your stay, and have a fantastic adventure throughout the Kyoto area.

”Kyo-Navi” — Kyoto Tourist Information Center

“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!

Convenient Luggage Delivery Service

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.

Comprehensive Public Transportation Guide

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 (Gion Festival)  July 1-31

The Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) July 1-31

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.

Introduction of the floats.

Introduction of the floats

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".

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“Yoiyama” (Festival eve) of Ato Matsuri (the Latter Festival). July 21-23

“Yoiyama” (Festival eve) of Ato Matsuri (the Latter Festival). July 21-23

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 has opened to the public as a general tourist site.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

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.

An Essential Guide to the Kyoto Station Building

An Essential Guide to the Kyoto Station Building

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” of the Former Gion Festival.

“Yama Hoko Junko” of the Former Gion Festival.

“Yama Hoko Junko” As for the biggest “Yama Hoko” float used by the Gion festival; the weight is 12