Aoi Matsuri Festival

The word Aoi Matsuri translates to ‘Hollyhock Festival’ and is sometimes referred to as the Kamo Festival. The event, which is over a thousand years old takes place yearly on the 15th March and is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. It involves a procession.. Continue Reading

Bonsai Exhibitions in Japan

The bonsai, when sculpted correctly, has an incredible aesthetic beauty to it. And what better way is there to enjoy this art than at one of the many year-round bonsai exhibitions in Japan? These shows attract some of the best horticulturalists who come.. Continue Reading

Daimonji Fire Festival

The Daimonji Fire Festival, also known as the Gozan no Okuribi, takes place yearly on the night of the 16th August. It’s the highlight of the three day long Obon festival and is celebrated by lighting 5 large fires in the shape of kanji characters on different.. Continue Reading

Toshiya Festival

Kyudo is the ancient Japanese art of archery and for the last 400 years practitioners of this martial art have been demonstrating their skills at the Sanjusangen-do temple in Kyoto. The word toshiya translates to ‘passing arrow’ and the festival has its origins.. Continue Reading

Gion Matsuri Festival

The Gion Matsuri, which takes place for the entire month of July, is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. The event draws many thousands of spectators from all over who come to watch the daily religious parades held throughout the streets of this small.. Continue Reading

Cooking Classes in Kyoto

Kyoto is just as famous for its food as it is for geisha’s, temples and shrines. And what better way is there to experience the ancient capital by partaking in a locally held cooking lesson? Below we have listed 5 of the best cooking classes in Kyoto for you to enjoy. Continue Reading

Kyoto Hiking Trails

Kyoto Prefecture, as well as the city, offers so much for those into Japanese religion and history; but did you know it has just as much to offer those who are interested in the great outdoors? After all, the city is surrounded by mountains on three sides.. Continue Reading

Kyoto Geisha Districts

If getting the ‘geisha experience’ is at the top of your Japanese travel itinerary then visiting the spectacular ancient city of Kyoto is a huge must. Sure there are a number of districts within Tokyo and Kanazawa which are great for seeing geisha’s but.. Continue Reading

Things To Do In Kyoto

Kyoto offers more cultural attractions than anywhere else in Japan and the city was the capital from 794 to 1868 – which is more than a thousand years! The capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1869 where its been ever since but is still regarded as.. Continue Reading