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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
"Near the philosopher's path, magnificent red leaves"
reviewed 24 November 2019 by Jueying L
Much less crowded than Kiyomizudera, and with gorgeous fall colours, this temple is a little off the beaten path but all the better for it. If you're in the area, I'd suggest that you walk along the philosopher's path and visit a few temples along the way. Honen-In is equally beautiful and even less visited.
"of course for one crazy about shibori handmade craft,"
reviewed 7 March 2020 by 522lillianc
it was better 10 years ago, handwork, exquisite work is vvv expensive in kyoto, a genuine boutieu will charge £ 2500 for a pure kyoto indigo dyed of the aubergine color, designer prices, just for a blouse, all handwork
This place was really nice. The front gate has been restored, and it makes you realize that the worn out wooden look of these temples and buildings we take for granted, and the "zen" and simple feeling resulting from it is far from what it was back then!
The secret of the floor is nice too ;)
Kyoto had Imperial Palace until 1868 when Emperor and capital moved to Tokyo. Palace is surround by Kyoto Imperial Park aka Kyōto Gyoen. Area contains several attractions in addition to the Imperial Palace, like Sento Imperial Palace and two shrines. The Aoi Matsuri festival on May 15th and Jidai Matsuri festival on October 22nd take place here Park, in form...
RR - RRR • Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian, European
"Fabulous food and experience"
reviewed 2 July 2020 by Nic3068
We escaped Tokyo for a weekend in Kyoto and picked Trattoria Macedonia Yuki based on reviews. The food was delicious- lots of authentic Italian flavours ( we had the bruschetta- caprese salad - Gorgonzola penne and the beef cheek ragu- alll were delicious!!!!
A very small restaurant Yuki is delightful- really passionate about what he does and really interested in...
As a gluten free and mostly dairy free family, we were so happy to stumble upon this place. Delicious!!!! Couldn’t decide which flavor to get but all 5 of us ended up very very happy with our choices. Only 1 more day in Kyoto but we must return!
It’s been a while since I’ve gone out and enjoyed myself, and this place was certainly the right choice. Miho was a lovely host and a fantastic cook who can speak English, Patrick was charming and friendly, and the food was an absolute hit!
I felt I learned a lot about Kyoto culture and cuisine as well as being satisfied...
I have been to Kyoto many times and eaten in many of the finest establishments in town. To find this gem just around the corner from our hotel (Hotel Monterey) was a pleasant surprise. The food, service, ambiance, and everything else was perfect. Thank you so much for an awesome dinner experience in Kyoto! What made the night extra special...
"Can not say enough about this perfect boutique hotel!"
reviewed 1 March 2020 by elizaelizaeliza
Beautiful building, kind and gracious staff, and a great location? Well, that would be enough but the breakfast, the breakfast!!!! Served in room and enough to feed teenage boys...it was lovely and provided us the energy for long walks around Gion, between temples, up the hills of Kyoto. The maisonette room was perfect for a family - two extra beds...
A fabulous hotel in a great location, the staff were very helpful. Breakfast was great with lots to choose from. The hotel bar was fantastic,especially the happy hour. The bar staff were amazing. Well worth a visit and will certainly recommend to my friends
Well, we somehow had to come back. This time we booked two rooms as my daughter was visiting Japan with us, celebrating her 30th anniversary . We stayed in rooms 31 & 34, both located on the ground floor. After 5 years we still enjoyed that magic atmosphere I did describe in my original 2015 review. Top class, top service,...
We stayed 4 nights and can't reccomend it enough. We were made to feel welcome and the staff were kind and helpful. Rooms were comfortable, cosy, clean and with a traditionally Japanese feel. The hot baths in the basement were such a treat after a long day walking in Kyoto. The lounge area overlooking the garden is a wonderful space...
We loved our stay at Ryokan Sawaya. The rooms are very spacious, which is rare in Japan, we had a lot of space! The ryokan amenities are great, especially the public baths, excellent to relax after a day of touring Kyoto. The building is clean and well preserved. The attention to details is fantastic, as everyday you get little treats...