Kyoto Gozan Okuribi 京都五山送り火

Daimonji Yaki, also commonly known as Daimonji Gozan Okuribi, is a festival that forms part of the Obon celebrations in Kyoto. Enormous bonfires are set alight on five mountains in Kyoto in the shape of Chinese characters and other symbols to help guide our ancestors back to the spiritual world after Obon. It is believed […]

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Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji Temple) 慈照寺(銀閣寺)

Walk the Philosopher’s Path at this Kyoto temple that proves all that glitters truly isn’t gold. The brother temple to Kyoto’s famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji) doesn’t actually have any silver applied to its exterior. It’s precisely this lack of adornment that makes it special. In its understated elegance, Ginkaku-ji embodies the Japanese […]

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Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji (àŠtŽ›, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. Whose top two floors are entirely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. According to his will, it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji […]

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Fushimi-Inari Hike

The hike to the summit of 233m Mt. Inari-san, and the pilgrimage circle around the shrines near the top is one of Kyoto’s most interesting short walks. It’s also the best way to see all of the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine. Time: about 3 hours Distance: about 5km Difficulty: moderate Start point: Fushimi-Inari Station on the Keihan Line or Inari Station on the […]

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Fushimi Inari Taisha

Also known as “O-inari-san,” Inari shrines are the most familiar shrines to Japanese people. There are said to be some thirty thousand throughout the country, frequented by people of all ages. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine with which all the others are affiliated. In the 1300 years since its establishment in 711AD. People […]

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The Most Beautiful Restaurant in Japan – Kyoto Kitcho

Kyoto Kitcho, is a 3 Michelin Star restaurant nestled in Arashiyama. It’s one of the most respected restaurants in Japan, and definitely up there for the most beautiful, not only in Japan, but in the entire world.

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Kyoto Kitcho

Kitcho began in 1925 as a tiny restaurant of Japanese cuisine in Osaka. And has devoted itself ever since believing Japanese cuisine as a specialty in the world. Kyoto Kitcho is run by the third-generation chef. This journey would not have been possible without the support of so many. Who has joined us in building […]

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What is Kaiseki Ryori (会席料理)?

Kaiseki ryori refers to dishes that are enjoyed with Japanese sake during banquets. While there are no strict rules in the formation of its menu, many kaiseki ryori dishes are served in courses. These courses are characterized with shirumono (soup) and ko-no-mono (pickled vegetables) eaten with steamed rice at the end of the meal, after […]

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