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★ Hand-Made Soba!! Demonstration & Tasting on 31st of Dec

If you are planning to visit Kyoto on 31st of Dec and not decide yet what to do. Why don't you join us to this wonderful event!! :)

"Tasting of Hand-Made Soba" !!

Do you know Soba? It's brown narrow noodle (buckwheat noodle), very popular cuisine in Japan like white noodle of Udon.  But as for Soba, we have a special culture/traddition to eat Soba (not Udon) on the eve of New Year, to say good bye to old year and welcome the New Year.

Almost all Japanese people enjoy eating Soba on this day. :)

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The hand-made soba is so unique and delicious, you can NOT have such a real soba in the usual restaurant!! what do you think to visit the authentic soba restaurant in the evening of 31st of Dec, and enjoy the show of making soba in front of you and taste together? It's from 4pm to 6pm.

If you're interested to visit, please contact with me, I can give you the detail directions, so that you can visit on you own.

Or email to or call Journal Kyoto : 075-212-0882 . 
(just in case, you can contact with them even after 29th)

Enjoy such special and delicious memory for your travel... :)

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★ Drop your Luggages at Kyoto Station!!

Say Good-Bye to your heavy luggages right after you arrived at Kyoto Station!!

You know "Carry Service" in Kyoto station?

There are many lockers here and there in Kyoto station, but looking for an available locker one by one is really hard work... and you might get lost soon while walking throughout the station :(

But don't worry!! If you use this service, the reception keeps your luggages for the day (days), or take the luggages to your ryokan or hotel for you!! You can start the tour right away, and then, check in easy!! Sounds great? especially in the rain, or hot sticky summer season!!!

"Carry Service"They take your luggage from Kyoto station to your hotel, or from your Hotel to Kyoto station! They accept almost all ryokan or hotels in Kyoto.


Take the descending escalator in front of "Central Exit" of normal JR train.  * not the central exit of Shinkansen.

On the 1st basement, turn left.
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◆Ask at the desk to carry your luggages to your Ryokan!! You need to fill in the application and get the receipt by return. Keep the receipt carefully as proof. When you check-in the ryokan, you need to show it to get your luggages.
(the delivery man will check your name at the ryokan before dropping your luggages, so it's safe, not lost)

When you check out, you can ask your ryokan to carry your luggages to Kyoto station. Just tell them at the front, "Carry Service Onegai-shimasu"! Or ryokan to ryokan also available to ask.

◆ Reception and Delivery Hours
From Kyoto station to your Ryokan
Apply 8:00am to 14:00pm - Delivery time is by 17:00pm
(in winter time by 18:00)
From your Ryokan to Kyoto station
Apply by 10:00 at the front - You can pick up from 14:00 to 20:00pm at the station
From your Ryokan to your next Ryokan
Apply by 10:00 at the front - Delivery time is by 17:00pm
(in winter time by 18:00)

◆Delivery Fee
750yen per luggage
◆ Form of application as sample.  Click  you need to fill in as below
* your ryokan's name
* ryokan's telephone number
* Your name
* How many luggages
* When you're planning to check in.

Baggage (Deposit) Room Service  Use as Coin Locker!!

◆Ask at the reception to deposit your luggages for the day!! You need to write down your name and get the receipt by return. Keep the receipt carefully as proof.

◆ Reception Hours:  8:00am to 20:00pm

◆ Deposit Fee
410yen per luggage
* possible for several days, too.

They can't accept these luggages; over the two meter long, over 30kg etc...

At first, I recommend you to check in advance if your hotel has a "satellite concierge service" that your hotel has a shuttle bus to carry your luggages to your hotel for you. Of course it's for free. The reception desk is near from Hachijoguchi Shinkansen exit in the south of Kyoto station.

Now enjoy your tour!!! :)

★ Astro Boy Museum in Kyoto Station

Are you a fan of Astro Boy?

Why don't you visit "Kyoto Tezuka Osamu World" to see him!! It's just 2 minutes walk just from JR Kyoto station Central Exit.
*not Bullet train exit in the south but Normal train exit in the north)

Take a picture with Astro Boy!!

Store Hours: 10:00 to 19:00 (Throughout Year)
Location: East side of Kyoto station , 2nd floor of Kyoto Theater
Admission fee: 400yen (adult), 200yen (child)
* No fee if just shopping around

Many goods of Tezuka Osamu character are sold such as Jungle Emperor Leo, Princess-Knight, and Black-Jack. Let's take the photograph with lovely Characters Statues of Tezuka!
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Also, you can't miss Anime Theater to show their original anime story, each month different story, too

(200yen - 10:00 to 19:00)!!

Enjoy forever Heroes for all generations in the world from child to adult!! You can touch, watch, and feel the dream-like Osamu Tezuka's world in there!! Find your favorite characters or feel the future message from Tezuka in his stories.

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2011 Kabuki Calendar!

2011 Kabuki Calendar!
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

Okonomiyaki in Kyoto

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