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Take 5, have a coffee, explore Kyoto.

5 Beautiful Minutes: Bringing you the colours, sights and essence of Kyoto, morning to night.

 

 

 

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3. TEA

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

The tea ceremony involves preparing powdered tea for guests and enjoying its austere taste quietly and serenely. Influenced by Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony seeks to purify the mind and attain oneness with nature. The ceremonial serving of tea used to be exclusively practiced by nobles and priests who gave it its original form around the middle of the fourteenth century. Its popularity gradually spread to wealthy merchants, warlords during the era of civil warfare (in the 15th and 16th centuries), and their retainers.

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6. HANDICRAFT

There are many traditional crafts such as pottery, weaving, brewing sake, sweets and doll making, which have been passed down through the ages. You can try learning how to make some of them.

Nishijin, the weaving center of Kyoto is known for their silk-weaving tradition dating back to the 15th century. Experience woodblock printing, metalwork, making a koma (wooden spinning top) or Shichimi blending of 7 types of herbs/spices at the Kyoto Handicraft Center.

Handicraft Experience:  10:30 / 14:00 / 15:30 / 16:45.  Each experience lasts 40-60 minutes.
Reservation Reservation can be made by email or telephone call. Please register on their website.

 

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9. BUDDHIST TEMPLES & SHINTO SHRINES

Buddhist Temples. Japanese temples date back to the Nara (710-794), Heian (794-1195), Kamakura (1195-1333) and Muromachi (1333-1460) periods.  A large number of them are clustered around the ancient capitals of Nara, Kyoto and Kamakura.

Shinto Shrines. Shinto is the native religion of Japan, worshipping the local deities inhabiting mountains, rivers, and other natural features. It has no doctrine or scriptures and the most well-known shrines belong to the imperial and old aristocratic clans. The deity or kami (god) of the shrine resides in an inner sanctum. However,  there are no images on display.

Try a Zazen, Zen sitting meditation or shakyo, copying sutras. Relax and free your mind, emptying it from worries and stresses so it can rest for awhile.

There are close to 3,000 temples and almost 2,000 shrines can be found in the city.

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12. ARASHIYAMA MONKEY PARK IWATAYAMA

It is inhabited by a troop of about 120 wild Japanese macaques, who are also known as Snow monkeys. They stay around the feeding site at the top during the day and retreat back into the mountains after closing time. To get there, you have to hike up the trail from the entrance to the top. During spring, beautiful cherry blossoms bloom along the trail and in autumn, you see the coloured leaves of fall. You may also spot wild deer and about 100 kinds of birds among trees. There is also a playground for children. At the top, there is a feeding hut with wire fencing over the windows, where visitors can feed monkeys. Outside, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Kyoto City itself.

〒616-0007, 8, Arashiyama Genrokuzan-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Tel&Fax: 075-872-0950

Child (under 4yrs): Free, Child (4 – 15 yrs): 250円, Adult (over 15 yrs): 550円
Individual admission tickets are available in a vending machine at the entrance.

Spring & Summer
Entrance: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mountaintop: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Winter
Entrance: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountaintop: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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