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★ Arashiyama, Bamboo Forest

Kyoto is really well-known for its worship and sightseeing area in East side... with tons of solemn temples and shrines etc... But I strongly recommend that you can't leave Japan without experiencing another phase of Kyoto

Arashiyama is seasonally enjoyable place to visit!

with its picturesque mountains, rivers and special cozy atmosphere

along with serene temple, Tenryuji (Unesco World Heritage)

But Most of All!!

Exotic air of Bamboo Grove strolling!

Can you believe?
It's not that far from the busy city life of central Kyoto

just around 30minutes from Kyoto station!

Bamboo is very special and unique tree. Looking so amazing!

You should put this lose-your-sense-of-time experience to your "Must to Visit" list in Kyoto Itinerary!

I promiss you never be disappointed just to extend your exploration by another half day into the suburban of Kyoto!

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★ Maneki Neko Talismans

When you visit Japan,
Have you ever found these waving cat?

This is called Maneki Neko, literally "Beckoning Cat", a traditional talisman (symbol of good fortune) since ancient times in Japan!

They are often seen in the windows of businesses there, welcoming customers inside.

You may wonder if there's any different meaning about which side of paw up... and Yes, When the talisman is lifting up its left paw, it is supposedly beckoning customers to enter the store. When right paw, attracting money and good fortune! (you see piggy banks in the shape of the Maneki Neko hold up their right paw)

black cats have traditionally been considered lucky in Japan, able to ward off evil or cure illness in children, but tri-colored male cats are rarely found among the world's cat population. so, perhaps, the tri-colored Maneki Neko is considered most lucky....

Why don't you get these cute, fortunate Cat talisman as souvenir when you visit Japan? Must be nice decoration at the entrance of your house. The talisman always welcome your guests!

★ Funaoka Onsen, Special Public Bath

"Funaoka Onsen", in north area of Kyoto, is actually a public bath, but more than that! You may feel as if you've gone back in time! And yes, it's true!

The Funaoka Onsen, was first established way back in the year of 1922.

Why so special is the amazing carvings on the ceiling and walls of the changing rooms. Those beautiful architecture is because it used to be a traditional Ryokan, built in 1922.

There are separate baths for men and women on alternate days. You can visit with your hands empty! There are counters that sale towels and showers.

There is also a sauna, several types of baths, and a small outdoor bath with a rock garden (rotenburo: open-air tub)

Entrance fee : 340 yens(Adult)
130 yens(Students)
60 yens(baby).

Open Hours: 3pm-25am.(from 8am-25am on Sunday, Holidays)

Take subway (Karasuma-line) toward Kitaoji station, and then, take bus 206 toward at Senbon-Kuramaguchi bus stop. 5min (300m) walk toward east direction from Senbon-Kuramaguchi crossing.

Phone: 075-441-3735

The Funaoka Onsen must be incorporated to your itinerary for a unique experience. The benefits of this hot springs is muscle ache! Why don't you soak in this amazing tub and get your whole body relaxed after your trip! ^^

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Are you planning to visit Kansai? 

In Kyoto there is various "MUST to See/Experience" in each season with different appeal.

I'm doing a tour guide in Kyoto so long, already guided many overseas tourists like more than 100 from many countries such as Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, USA, UK, Canada, Australia, NZ, Korea, etc...  

During the guide I always enjoy talking about our different cultures, history, languages and life very much!! Also, I know many restaurants and souvenir stores almost throughout the city, so please ask me anything about your travel, I'm happy to make your travel more unforgettable and memorable... :)

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Please tell me your visiting schedule along with your request or question about guide if you have. ^^ 
1: Your Nationality
2: Your Age, roufgly
3: How many tourists? (How many children?)
4: Trip schedule before/after Kyoto
I have several model plans for you, also I can check what event is available during your trip, so you don't miss anything you must to visit and see! :)



★ No.1 from March to July 2009

Thank you always for your kind feedback. All the scene from the each tour never been gone from my mind, and keep remaining as vivid memory whenever I'm looking back! Thank you! :)

★ Kyoto "Must to Visit" Detail Itinerary

Nijo Castle (in 1603)
(UNESCO World Heritage)
400th Anniversary in 2005

* Finest Architecture of samurai Shoin style
* Ninomaru Palace (National Treasure)
* Masterpieces of paintings on the sliding doors

* Ninomaru Garden (Special Scenery)
represents a cosmic world of Buddhism

Kinkakuji Temple (in 1397)
(UNESCO World Heritage)
* Gold Pavilion is decorated in real gold leafing! Guess how much qty of kg it is!
* Built by Special Three different Style of Architecture.

Ryoanji Temple (in 1450)

* World famous Zen sect Rock Garden
"What's so special about the garden at Ryoanji?" "The spaces between the rocks,"


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It's called Kitchen of Kyoto! Are you interested in Sushi? :)

* If you have another request for any cuisine,
Please let me know which food you like along with your budget! ^^

Kiyomizu Temple

World famouse wooden veranda, standing on a steep cliff, which was built without using a single nail.

Amazing panoramic view of the city of Kyoto

a lot of souvenir shops along the path which lead to the temple

Ninei-zaka slope

Sannei-zaka slope

Yasaka Pagoda


exotic stone-paved alley

Nene's path

Yasaka Shrine

Gion Hanami-koji

Gion Shirakawa

Thank you today! :)
Enjoy your nice dream of Kyoto!

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Kyoto Guide Index

Ask Free Guide 
Kyoto Visiters? Welcome to Guide You! :)
Feedback from the Tourists! Thank you! :)
Kyoto Travel Tips
Drop your Luggages at Kyoto Station!!
Kyoto Itinerary (sorry, now in the rennovation)
"Must to Visit" Nijo castle, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, Shijo Karasuma Shopping area, Kiyomizudera,Gion
"Must to Visit" <2nd Day> Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Bamboo Forest, Togetsu-bridge, Heianjingu shrine.
"Must to Visit" <3rd Day> Ginkakuji, Philosopher's Path, Nanzenji, Shorenin, Chion-in, Maruyama-Park
"Must to Visit" <4th Day> Fushimi Inari & Nara area
Kyoto Tour by Bicycle!
What to do after Sunset
"Must to Visit" <4th Day> Kyoto Night Cruise (Yoru Bus) Bus Tour
Suberbs of Kyoto
Boat Tours down Hozu River
Boat Tour Movie
Kibune area, Kawadoko Kaiseki Cuisine on the River! (summer)
Takao area, Kawadoko Dinner with Maiko (spring and autumn)
Dinner Retaurants
Twilight Pontocho or Kamogawa Riverbank Dining (summer)Okonomiyaki (at Downtown)
● Okonomiyaki (at Kinkakuji area)
● Kobe Beef
Kyoto Sweets
Kyoto Famous Flavor, What is Matcha?
Kakigoori (Shaved Ice)
Souvenir Tips
Recommend Kyoto Souvenir Gallery 1
Recommend Kyoto Souvenir Gallery 2
Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat)
Shichimi Spice
Astro Boy Museum
Japanese Wooden Doll, Kokeshi
How to Wear Yukata
Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony Experience
Matcha (Powdered Green Tea) History
Meet Maiko
Winter Gion - Tea Party with Maiko only by One Coin!
Maiko Dance Performance Every Sundays
Meet and Chat with Maiko on Weekends & National HolidaysKawadoko Dinner with Maiko
Maiko Dancing Movie (Gion Higashi Kouta Music)
Funaoka Onsen, Special Public Bath
Kurama Onsen, Houroku-yu
Plum Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Higashiyama Hana Touro Illumination
Kiyomizu Temple, Blue Dragon Dancing
Yabusame-Shinji (Archery on Horseback)
Aoi Festival Parade
Iris/Azalea Viewing
Bonfires, Daimonji Yaki Festival
Ancient Princess Parade (at Arashiyama)
Arashiyama Hana Touro Illumination
Spring Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Hirano Shrine
Daigoji Temple
Omuro Ninna-ji (World Heritage)
Winter Special
Public Viewing 2009 (Toji, Chionin etc...)
Night Light-Up
What is Autumn Colors
Shoren-in Temple Night Illumination
Try "Omikuji" ! Enjoy reading your fortune

Okonomiyaki in Kyoto

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