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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” — 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.
Some 500 people wearing splendid ancient costumes and traditional make-up parade through the main streets of Kyoto. This festival came to be called Aoi Matsuri because aoi (hollyhock) leaves are used as important ornaments on the parade.
"Tsu-yu"(Rainy Season) is coming soon. And here appears an Ajisai(Hydrangea) blue world. Mimurotoji-temple located at south side of Kyoto has a very famous garden where 10, 000-Hydrangea are planted at. And now the best season of it has come up.Read 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....Read more
“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.
Syodenji – also “Shakkei” of Mt. Hiei.
And also David Bowie loved.
This temple was originally built as an emperor’s villa, making use of the scenery of Mt. Hiei as it is in the scenery of the garden.
Shisendo temple is one of Satsuki-azalea’s most famous spots in Kyoto.
Not bad to leave the Kyoto basin and visit the spacious Lake Biwa sometimes. Omi-maiko beach is still off season. But, walking or sunbathing there are awesome.