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★ Autumn Special Night Light-Up

Kyoto has a various different appeal in each season, but I have to say that Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Kyoto!!!

Now in this late Autumn, the leaves begin turning red and yellow... The look of leaves with the background of temples and shrines will surely take your breath away!!!

I promiss you would be amazed the breathtaking colors of beauty more than you've expected.

There are lot's lot's of beautiful places in Kyoto, but among them these places are my recommend that you "MUST" to visit!!! :)

Arashiyama area

Higashiyama area
Philosopher's path

Kibune/Kurama area
Kibune Shrine
Kurama Shrine

In this special flower season, my another recommend is to experience such a Special Light-Up performance in some famous temples.

This is Kodaiji temple. Enjoy this famous beauty that the awesome color reflection on the pond. This magical illusion only happens at night!!

After your dinner, why don't you start your another night adventure!!! Those night presentation would be one of your unforgettable memory.

Sorry, my weekend guide in November is fully occupied, but if you're still interested to visit these places, I can give you the itinerary map or detail directions for your own exploration!! :)

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★ Try "Omikuji" ! Enjoy reading your fortune

Have you ever heard "Omikuji", Literally "sacred lottery"?

When you visit the shrines or temples in Japan, you may see the people who read a slip of paper seriously, sometimes with excited, or sometimes very disappointed. :)

They are reading their fortune written on the paper.

Omikuji's history is very old.

Originally, it was a very important shrine ritual to read the intentions of the gods in ancient times.

But nowadays Omikuji has come to be more popular, and one of our most famous and favorite entertainment!!

There are various types of Omikuji depending on the shrines/temples.

Now that there are lot's of foreign visiters, some shrines are offering Omikuji in English. :)

Nishiki Tenmangu
is the famous shrine located in the central Kyoto city, near from Nishiki food market.

There is an unique "Omikuji" in this shrine, written in both English and Japanese.

Why don't you experience one of our Japanese traditional entertainments!!

Take a deep beath and relaxed!! Ready?

Throw your money (200yen), press the button and see!!

The Karakuri(Dancing) Lion will be dancing and tell your fortune.

Take the omikuji from the pick-up place

Here is the rank of your fortune: Excellent, Good, Reasonable, Evil Fortune.

If you draw an "excellent", congratulations!! Enjoy trusting yourself where you are and keep going :)

But even if it was a bad fortune, Please don't worry too much. It's a kind of warning, so if you follow the advice written on it, you're still blessed. :)

Also enjoy some individual topics like your health, things you're searching for, and people you're waiting for etc...

As you can see its symbolic animal, "ox" as his messenger, Sugawara no Michizane, or God of Study is enshrined in this shrine.

If you wish to be intelligent, don't forget to stroke his head gently before you're leaving!

Good Luck!! :)

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1600yen at Minamiza (Kabuki Theater in Gion) This is Minamiza Orivinal Design! What a Perfect Souvenir Idea!! Or Nice Wall Decoration in your Room! Limited Stock, Hurry to get soon! :)

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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

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