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July 24, 2020

Take A Walk: 只のお店と小さな醸造所 | A unique book store & brewery around Gojo

今回は五条ゲストハウスの近所にある2つのお店の紹介です。
全国的にもめずらしい本屋さんと、川沿いにあるクラフトビールの醸造所。
どちらもユニークで発見のあるお店です。
I went to our neighborhood for visiting 2 nice shops.
One is a bookshop and the other is a micro brewery of craft beer.

【只本屋 | Tadahon-ya】
路地の奥、月に2日間だけ開く本屋さん。
しかも置いてある本はタダ(無料)のお店。
The book store was deep in an alleyway.
It opens only 2 days a month.
All they have are “free” papers.東大路通から路地に入り半信半疑で歩を進めると、しばらくして左側に小さな看板が見つかります。古民家の中に足を踏み入れると、そこには所狭しと並べられたフリーペーパーの数々。全国各地の魅力あふれるフリーペーパーを専門に扱うお店、只本屋さんです。If you walk along Higashi-oji street south from Gojo Guest House, and go into narrow alleyways a few minutes, you can find a sign board that reads “只本屋” which is the shop name and is pronaunced “Tadahon-ya.” What makes the shop so unique is not only they open just 2 days a month , but also specialize in free-papers. Almost everything is free at the shop.皆さんデザインや出版のお仕事をしながら只本屋の運営に携わっているとのこと。この日はローカルカルチャーマガジンのアンテナさんも出店していました。本屋さんでもあり、カルチャースペースとしても注目されております。
On the day, there is a shop-in-shop of local culture magazine “Antena”. People who organize Tadahon-ya have other works, mainly design or publishing , as a full time job on weekdays. Tadahon-ya is also attracting attention for being a cultural space.僕は3冊のフリーペーパーをもらって帰りました。
①宮崎市役所発行の「宮崎食堂」。朝6時から開くうどん屋さんから深夜営業が嬉しいお惣菜やさんまで(名物は“ばくだんおむすび”!)、宮崎市の食をフューチャーした小冊子。

②キツツキ旅行社「高山の町歩きMAP」。力の抜けたナイスな店選びと、地図としてのクォリティの高さ、おまけに高山らしいおみやげ紹介まで豊富な内容がぎゅっと1枚の紙に詰まってます。旅の助けになる旅行者の杖みたいな地図って感じ、最高です。

③「わたしらしい住」。こちらは無印良品イオンモールKYOTOと只本屋のコラボ企画のフリーペーパー。15人の“住”にまつわる楽しみや小さなこだわりをテーマに作られた冊子です。どれも充実した内容でじっくり読みこんじゃう魅力があります。この3冊は五条カフェの本棚に置いてありますので、気軽に読みに来てくださいね。
I got 3 nice free-papers at Tadahon-ya. One is about restaurants in Miyazaki published by Miyazaki city hall. Another one is a walking map of Takayama. The other is a zine Tadahon-ya collaboration with Muji. These books are focused on local shops and culture.

只本屋さんの営業情報と位置情報です。
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【京都ビアラボ | Kyoto Beer Lab】
次はマイクロ・ブルワリー、京都ビアラボ。京都のお茶を使ったビールや、新作のクラフトビールを楽しめる場所です。五条ゲストハウスから行く場合は、京都駅方面へ徒歩で15分ほど。
Next one is a micro brewery “Kyoto Beer Lab”. It is located in between Gojo Guest House and Kyoto station. It is about 15mins walking distance. 鴨川のわきに高瀬川という小さな川が流れているので、この川沿いを歩いていくとわかりやすく、かつ面白いエリアなのでおすすめです。このあたりは昔、五条楽園と呼ばれていました。当時の妓楼建築やカフェー建築が一部に残っていて、独特な雰囲気があります。また、サウナの梅湯や五条モール、五條製作所などの個性的なお店が点在しています。It is easier to find the place walking along Takase river which runs next to Kamo river. The area is called “Gojo Rakuen”, and there are some traditional Japanese architectures and western-style old buildings around the area. If you like Nintendo, it is nice to find their original home office.七条通り間近になってくると左手に見えるこの建物に京都ビアラボがあります。店内では8種類のオリジナル・クラフトビールが楽しめます。この日の品揃えは店内の壁に描かれていて、行くたびに違う種類のビールが飲めるのが楽しい。ちなみに表のABVはアルコール度数、 IBUはビールの苦味を表す指標となっています。FBから当日のビールの種類がチェックできるので、事前に確認して味の想像を膨らませておくのもおくのもいいですね。Before reaching Shichijo street, you’ll see this building where Beer Lab is on their 1st floor. There are 8 taps all their original craft beer. You can check “Today’s Tap” from their FB.この日は夕方くらいに行ったのですが、大阪に住んでいるメキシコとチリの方がBGMのラテン・ミュージックにあわせて陽気に踊っておりました。僕は最初脇でちびちび飲んでいたのですが、いろいろ話しをするうちにすっかり楽しくなって、最後には写真のような感じに。おもむろにポーズをつけてくれて(連れの方爆笑)、ラテンのノリがからっと明るく、梅雨のじめじめした感じも和らぎました。When I arrived there, there was a Mexican and Chilean guest form Osaka. They seemed so happy and danced to Latin music.ビアラボでは瓶ビールの通販も始めたとのことで、ずらりと瓶が並んでいました。僕のお気に入りはマカダミア・ブラウンエール、ホップダム、そしてわさび塩ゴーゼです。わさび塩ゴーゼはサワーエールという種類で、酸っぱい味わいに衝撃を受けたのですが、いまではその酸味の虜になっております。
They also produces ‘Cha-Beer’ series, infused with tea grown in one of Japan’s oldest tea grown towns, Wazuka. Kyoto Beer Lab blends traditional tea culture with modern brewing.
京都ビアラボの店舗と位置情報です。
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ということで、今回は五条ゲストハウスの近所の光景とともに、徒歩圏内の2件のショップの紹介でした。
Hope you enjoy this article and see you in Kyoto : )

Keita

 
July 05, 2020

Take A Walk: 西陣のカフェと日本一な酒屋さん | Coffee & Beer in Nishijin


今回のお散歩は五条ゲストハウスから自転車で30分ほど北西へ。
西陣エリアにある2軒のお店、イワシコーヒーと山岡酒店の紹介です。




This time, I’m heading to the north west about 30mins by bike for introducing 2 nice shops, Iwashi Coffee & Yamaoka liquor store, in Nishijin area.




最初に紹介するのは、今年2月にオープンしたイワシコーヒー。白を貴重とした外観のお店です。京都でくらしていると自転車を止められるスペースがあるのは嬉しいところ。
First, Iwashi Coffee is a small local roastery just opened in this February. A nice white building with bike parking space.




月〜水を焙煎、木〜日でカフェ営業をされているスモールでナイスなロースタリー。気持ちよさそうに佇むイワシのイラストが目印です。ちなみに玄関入ってすぐの柱には魚群が彫刻されているとのこと。粋な遊び心を僕は気づけず、次に行ったときには入り口近辺探してみたいです。
They roast coffee beans on Monday to Wednesday, and open the cafe on Thursday to Sunday. I love the illustration of the fish “Iwashi” which means sardines in Japanese. They named the place Iwashi Coffee from a cat “Iwashi” in the novel ”A Wild Sheep Chase” written by Haruki Murakami because the owner loves his works.




ゆったりと座席が配置された店内では、訪れた人が読書をしたり、家族でのんびりコーヒーを楽しんでいたりと思い思いの時間を過ごされていました。シンプルでスタイリッシュだけれど、肩の力をふっと抜けるような空間。ありそうでなかなかないです。




その日にセレクトされた4種類の豆の中から選べるコーヒーは、店主・真下さんの人柄が表れているような優しい味わい。優しいけれど、どのコーヒーを飲んでも個性がしっかりと立っていて美味しいのです。




You can choose Hot / Iced coffee from 4 different kinds of beans selected for a day. They are smooth and easy to drink, but tasteful coffee.




五条カフェで使っている五条ブレンドは、イワシコーヒー焙煎のものを使っています。ようやく訪れることができて、念願の真下さんの淹れるコーヒーが飲めました。
Our original Gojo blended coffee is roasted by Iwashi coffee. I was so happy to drink the coffee served by the roaster.




京都は喫茶とカフェ文化が豊かな土地柄ですが、”落ち着く・飲みやすいコーヒー・豆を買って帰れる”という個人的に好きなカフェ要素の揃っている場所です。家の近所にこういうカフェと素朴なパン屋さんがあったらシンプルにいいなあ。
Iwashi Coffee is my favorite type of cafe which is chill, smooth coffee (not too heavy), and available to buy coffee beans.




Iwashi Coffee (Google Map)
12:30 – 17:30
Closed: Mon – Wed (月−水曜定休)




次は同じ西陣エリアにあるクラフトビールに特化した山岡酒店。外から見る分にはどこの町にも一軒はありそうな酒屋さんといった雰囲気でして、軒先にはなぜか野菜が並んでいます。「八百屋さん」として、近所の小学生から学校新聞の取材があったという微笑ましいエピソードも◎
Next one is a local liquor store where looks a bit ordinary store which you can find anywhere in Japan. Elementary students in neighborhood covered a story about the shop as a vegetable store for a school newspaper because they sell vegetables in front of the shop.




いざ店内に入って最初の冷蔵庫を覗くと、見たこともないラベルのビールに次ぐビール。面出ししてるのは全部違う銘柄で、ほぼすべてクラフトビール!ひとつの冷蔵庫のみならず、店内の冷蔵庫のほとんどがクラフトビール!!店のサイズ感とビールの種類の豊富さのバランスが脳内で取れず、若干混乱してきます。聞けば、取り扱う銘柄は都度入れ替わりつつもどんどん増えて、今は300種類の国内外の瓶ビールを取り扱っているとのことです(他に店舗用の樽もある)。
However, when you go inside the shop and take a look at fridges, you’ll be surprised at amazing selections of craft beers. There are 270 kinds of domestic beer and 30 kinds of imported beer in the small place.




店内自由に撮らせてもらいながら、おすすめのブルワリーや銘柄について教えてくれました。いままで体験したことのない多彩なビールに囲まれ、自分史上いちばん楽しいビール選び。この日はまだ試したことのない3本のビールを購入。ちょっとした高揚感から、帰り道は自転車のペダルも軽かったです。ちなみに写真下のアマビエさんは「豊作・疫病などに関する予言をし病を除ける妖怪」とのことで、コロナ関連で人気になっているとのことです。まだ見ぬビールの世界の入り口は案外普通の商店街にありました。
They were friendly beer lovers and allowed me to take pictures anywhere. It was so exciting to look around and I thought it would be a nice idea to introduce you this lovely local shops for your next Kyoto journey.




山岡酒店
Yamaoka saketen
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9:00 – 20:00
Closed: Sun (日曜定休)

Hope everything will be settle and see you soon in Kyoto!

keita

 
June 26, 2020

Take A Walk: 清水寺 / Kiyomizu-dera Temple

松風や音羽の滝の清水を むすぶ心は涼しかるらん。

五条ゲストハウスから約1.3キロほど東には、清水の観音として平安時代以来多くの人々が参拝する清水寺があります。

About 1.3km going to east from Gojo Guest House, you can visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It was founded in 778 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters.

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清水寺は宝亀九年(西暦で778年!)に創建されました。有名な“清水の舞台“は本堂の一部で、高さは13メートル。寺の儀式の一環として、日本の伝統芸能がこの舞台で演じられることもあるそうです。
The architecture is famous because the main hall is built on a steep cliff, supported by many pillars without using nails. The famous stage, 13 meters high, is part of Kiyomizu Temple’s main hall. Traditional Japanese theater is performed on the stage as part of the temple’s rituals.

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五条ゲストハウスからは、徒歩で20-25分。清水坂か五条坂をてくてく登っていくと見えてきます。道中の坂は両脇がお土産物屋さんや食事処、最近ではクラフトビールが飲めるバーまで様々なお店で賑わっています。あいにくこの日は夕方も遅い時間に訪れたので、写真の通り多くが店じまいした後でひっそりとしていました。
It is walking distance from Gojo Guest House. Going up hills though either Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-zaka street, you can see the temple after walking about 20-25min. There are shops, restaurants, and a craft beer & sake bar for tourists on the streets. It was around 5pm, so shops were already closed at the day.

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本堂は2017年より2年に渡って行なっていた屋根の檜皮葺き替え工事が終わり、50年ぶりに新たな檜皮に葺き替えることができたとのこと。現在は舞台板交換の工事の最中でしたが、清水の舞台にも立ち入ることができました。
The reroofing work of the Main Hall, which began in February 2017, was completed at the end of 2019 and the scaffolding structure that had enveloped the Main Hall was removed in February 2020. The roof of the Main Hall has now been completely restored with new hinoki (Japanese cypress) bark thatch for the first time in 50 years.

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五条ゲストハウスから清水寺まで、徒歩で往復・滞在含めて合計2時間くらいのお散歩でした。このあたりは清水焼で有名なエリア。五条坂や茶碗坂で陶器をみてまわるのも楽しいですね。時間があれば、二年坂・産寧坂・ねねの道、高台寺、八坂神社、円山公園に足を伸ばしてみるのもおすすめです。
I spend about 2 hours in total from Gojo to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and going back to Gojo. If you have time, it is nice to visit Ninen-zaka, Sannen-zaka, Nene Street, Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and Maruyama Park. Those spots are good to explore traditional Kyoto. This area is also famous for Kiyomizu ware. You can find many pottery shops around there.

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もしコーヒーでも飲みたいなとなったら、八坂の塔近くにあるアラビカコーヒーのラテは、エスプレッソにコクがあり、目の前で注がれる美しいラテアートは一見の価値があります。ミニマルで象徴的な「%」ロゴがついたコーヒーをSNSで見かけたことがあるかもしれません。店舗で販売しているコーヒー豆は意外にそこまで高くないので、お土産や自宅用に良いですよ。
There is a nice coffee stand near Yasaka pagoda named %Arabica. Their latte is one of the best in Kyoto and it’s famous for minimal interior design and symbolic logo. It’s also recommended to buy their coffee beans which are good for gifts.

つつじ京都でも屈指の観光エリアなので、五条に泊まって今日は何しようかな?って時には、ふらりこの東山エリアを訪れてみれば、思わぬ発見があるかもしれません。
There are many places to visit around the HIgashiyama area and you maybe can have your own local Kyoto experience.

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清水寺のホームページやインスタグラムでは目を見張るほど美しい写真や動画をみることができます。旅せずとも”Feel Kiyomizu dera”、こちらもおすすめです。

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If you’re interested in the temple, please visit their instagram. I bet you can feel the temple from your room. There are lots of amazing pictures captured beautiful moment.

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清水寺 / Kiyomizu-dera Temple(Google map)

Keita

 
June 21, 2020

Take A Walk: 伏見稲荷大社 / Fushimi Inari Taisha

五条ゲストハウスから4キロほど南へ下ると、1300年にわたって人々の信仰を集め続けるお稲荷さんの総本宮・伏見稲荷大社があります。

About 4km going to south from Gojo Guest House, you can visit Fushimi Inari Taisha.

In the 1300 years since its establishment in 711AD, people have gathered here to pray for bountiful harvests, business prosperity, the safety of their home and family and the fulfillment of all kinds of other wishes.

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宿から朝の鴨川沿いの景色を楽しみながら、自転車で片道30分ほど。久しぶりだったこともあり、思ったよりもすぐにつくことが出来て驚きました。京阪に乗れば4駅7分。伏見稲荷駅で下車した後は、観光地的な商店街を3分ほど歩けば伏見稲荷大社の入り口が見えてきます。

I went there by bike in the morning to enjoy the view of Kamo River on the way to the Shrine. It took about 30min to get there which was nice exercise. If you take Keihan Line, it takes only 7 mins.

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京都には大小合わせて2,000を超える社寺があり、伏見稲荷大社は最も人気のある観光名所のひとつ。コロナ前までは多くのひとで賑わいをみせていましたが、この日は喧騒から離れ落ち着いて見て回ることが出来ました。

There are more than 2,000 shrines and temples, both small and large, in Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most popular places in Kyoto tourism spots.
It was so busy before COVID-19 situation, but this time I could enjoy mysterious atmosphere on paths with torii gates, and  to be there surrounded by nature in the forest. The place was quiet and peaceful.

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稲荷山の麓に本殿があり、その奥には深い緑色の木々と朱色の鳥居に囲まれた、山頂へと通ずる坂を登っていくことが出来ます。頭上では鳥の囀りが聞こえ、歩道の外には光に反射する蜘蛛の美しい巣が。山の空気を吸い込みながら中腹の池の近くまでたどり着くと、どこからともなく猫がトコトコとやってきました。

I met a lovely cat near a lake which located half way up the mountain. First, the cat asked me to feed her, I guessed it’s she. Then the cat realized I had no food in my pocket, she started to take a nap. Nice.

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僕もいつもより早起きした分、おおいに朝のひかりを浴びて、ちょっとした森林浴まで出来てリフレッシュ。猫と別れ、この日は池のところで引き返しました。来た道とは別の鳥居のない道を歩いていたら迷子になりそうで、ちょっとどきどきしたのはここだけの話です。

山を降りてからは、途中市川屋珈琲さんのコーヒーとサンドイッチ(おすすめです)で腹ごしらえをして、店へ。都度写真を撮りつつもひとりでさくさくとまわったお散歩は、往復・滞在・食事で3時間くらいでしょうか。散歩と書きつつも、どこか非日常感ある小旅行といった趣きのある体験でした。

I spend about 3 hours in total from Gojo to Fushimi Inari, and going back to Gojo after lunch at Ichikawaya Coffee near our hostel (strongly recommended to have their beautiful fruit sandwiches and coffee). It was like a short trip with a taste of the extraordinary.



(This is a video made by nike GYAKUSOU 2011, running though Fushimi Inari Taisha and other famous spots in Kyoto. It a commercial for the global company, but I love the beautiful scenery and cool music.)

Keita

DSC09281 伏見稲荷大社 | Fushimi Inari Taisha | Google Map

 
December 05, 2017

Best places for Autumn foliage in Kyoto-Sakyoku

Sorry for the delay!I think winter is arriving soon,which means all the colorful leaves are falling soon.

Today we are going to introduce about  our private secret spots in Sakyoku Area and Higashiyama Anrea. These two areas are located in the east part of Kyoto. In our last blog, we introduced Higashiyama Area, which is the the Southen East of Kyoto. And SakyoKu is the northen east part of Kyoto.

Walk 5 mins from Gojo guest house to take Keihan train from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station up north and then you can easily access to Heizan train,which is the most convenient and fast way to reach this area.

Or take bus #5 on Kawaramachi street up north, in about 30 mins ,you will find yourself heading to residential area , and ginkgo trees turning yellow along the road.  This area is full of young students and schools. It is a very quite neighborhood.

Along Shirakawa street up north, there are a few temples that we would like to recommend to you.

 

Nanzenji temple:

Nanzenji temple is near the beginning of path of philosophy. It was found in 1291. The garden in Hojo is the represent of Japanese rock garden, also called karesansui(Zen garden) in early Edo period. You will see a huge gate,called Sanmon in Japanese, when you enter Nanzenji temple. It was built in 1628, and now it is listed as  important  cultural property. I recommend to clam up to the gate and have a view of Kyoto city. Another view point is the photos below, TenjuAn. In side TenjuAn, there is a zen garden and also a Chisen- kaiyushiki-teien(a stroke-style garden around a big pond) You can see a different garden style from stone garden. I can spend the whole day here. It is very nice to watch the sun light reflection in the lake, especially if you arrive in the afternoon.

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This is the studio of TenjuuAn



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The wall way to the first garden



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The studio view from the pound



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Eikanndo:

Eikando right next to Nanzenji temple, another popular spot to visit during autumn. It is the head temple of Jyodo shu. The small tip, is Eikando will also put on illumination in the evening. And the admission fee is¥400 cheaper in the evening. (I visited in the evening, and my poor camera could not show how beautiful it is. So maybe you can google it??!!

 

Enkoji temple:

This is the temple built by the famous general Tokugawa Ieyasu. If you plan to visit this temple, I recommend you check their homepage/facebook account frequently during October, and reserve early entry ( 7:30am~9am),limited entry up to 70 people, usually during mid November for about 7 days. It is really nice to wake up early and visit the garden quietly.

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Ten Ox garden (direct translate from Japanese,forgive my poor English) Enkouji temple ,Kyoto



 

Syugakuin imperial villa:

This garden belong to imperial family,so you need to apply before visit. You can apply in the office inside imperial palace one day before your visit, or they also accept same day application. You can arrive at 11am, and sign up for the tour in the afternoon. (Click here for the guideline) The reason why I also recommend this place is because this is also limited numbers of visitors. After you sign up, you can walk around the neighborhood or visit the places that I recommend below!

 

Sekizanzen-in temple:

This place is also another option to be away from the crowds. This temple is located in the north-east of Kyoto. In Japan, people believe the direction of north-east is called Kimon(demon’s gate) So the important purpose of this temple is to protect Kyoto and  ward off evil spirits. Inside this temple,you can enjoy autumn foliage together with winter cherry blossom!!

winter cherry blossom in sekizanzenin

winter cherry blossom in sekizanzenin



 sekizanzenin,kyoto ,photo shot by Gojo Guest House

enter sekizanzenin I found no one here



 

Rengeji temple:

This temple is recommend by Kaji. He found this wonderful secret place very close to winter sekizanzenin. The garden of this temple is also famous. Check out these colorful photo shot by kaji via film camera!

Rengenji temple, photod via film camera

Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji



Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji

Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji



Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji

Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji



Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji

Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji



Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji

Rengenji temple, photod via film camera,kaji



 

Ruri-kouin temple:

This is another wonderful place only open few weeks in spring and autumn to public. The only problem is the admission is 2000yen.

Reflection of the table inside Rurikoin

Reflection of the table inside Rurikoin



Walk into Rurikoin, photo shot by gojo guest house annex

Walk in to Rurikoin



Reflection of the table inside Rurikoin, photo shot by gojo guest house annex

Reflection of the table inside Rurikoin



 

 

Thank you for taking time reading! I hope you can enjoy a different colorful Kyoto!

See you next time.

Nari/Nelly

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October 28, 2017

Autumn foliage in Kyoto-Higashiyama/Arashiyama Area

 

Every year during Autumn, Kyoto will be full of people.

How to avoid this situation and really enjoy Kyoto?!

tofukuji temple

There are many famous spot for these beautiful autumn scenery, but where can I go to avoid the crowds? This questions often bother travelers when they visit Kyoto and tried to look for a quiet spot to rest the feet.

Here we will introduce the spots that we like in Higashiyama Area (where Gojo is located) and also Arashiyama Area. 


NEAR Gojo Guest House/Annex

    Because it is near locate on the hill near Kyoto Station(of course also near Gojo Guest House),the leaves will turn red in early November. With a short hiking, you can enjoy the clam atmosphere in the temple. Especially, UnryuIn temple inside Sennyuji area would be open during the day and also put on illumination during the night. This area is very quite , and can be our first choice for autumn visit. 


   Koudaiji temple and Entokuin temple is about 15mins from Gojo Guest House and 10mins from Gojo Guest House Annex. We recommended to buy the set tickets includes these two temple and Sho museum.

There are illumination from 10/21 to 12/10. It would be a good choice to visit during the evening. 


   Shorenin temple which is about 20mins walk from Gojo Guest House Annex is the temple once owned by imperial family. So you will find similar architecture and quiet atmosphere inside this temple.


    Kenninji temple is right next to Gojo Guest House Annex. Though it is located inside Gion area, it is a very quite Zen temple and with beautiful Rock garden and Japanese garden. This place is also recommended to visit when the weather is not good in Kyoto. There are also free meditation course held on every second Sunday at 8am.(It is better to arrive at least 10min earlier so that you will have a seat.)

kenninji temple, autumn, kyoto


NEAR Arashiyama

Point: From Gojo Guest House or Gojo Annex,you can use take Keihan train to Tofukuji station (160yen)

and then transfer to JR train though Kyoto station to Saga-arashiyama Station (with your JR PASS for free)


    The garden inside Temryuji temple is very well collaborate with the mountain scenery behind Hozu river. Although there will be many other visitors, I still would like to recommend to you. 

tenryuji temple ,autumn , kyoto,gojoguesthouse


This temple is also in Arashiyama area, but need to talk about 15mins from the main area. There is a big lake next to the temple. And relatively quiet compare to the bamboo groove.

 
  • Arashiyama Park

    When we speak about Arashiyama, many people will think about visit Bamboo forest. But there are often too popular and crowded. If you detour a little bit from the main area, Arashiyama Park can be a good choice to view the Hozu river.

arashiyama park ,autumn,kyoto,gojoguesthouse


We also recommend you to take the Torokko train from Arashiyama station to Kameoka station. Along the way, you can enjoy the view of the cliffs. When you arrive Kameoka station, you can then transfer to JR Kameoka station. Or you can then take 1.5 hours boat-ride following the stream and enjoy the scenery along the river. It is a quite smooth river, and along the way, they will tell you the historical story about this area. When the weather is beautiful, the whole ride is very comfortable.

(When you are buying train tickets, it is recommended to reserve the taxi to arrive to the  harbor from Kameoka station. )

 

We hope this information can help you a bit when you are planning your trip.

Next, we will introduce other nice spot for autumn leaves in Sakyo area and outside Kyoto City.

TO BE CONTINUED……………..

Gojo Staff

Nelly

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May 24, 2017

Most Beautiful Small Museum in Kyoto

This is totally my personal point of view!

Haha but it’s good to put this “most~” “best~” title to fish.. sorry.
There will be other titles about most beautiful blablabla as series maybe.. ?

To be honest, I feel it’s also fun to discover our own best things by ourselves.
But it’s also nice to get some recommendations from someone who knows your taste or friend or friend of your friend.
Especially when we are traveling abroad far away from home.

However, I try to do my best to introduce this place.
I would love to recommend here if you have interest about Japanese life, craft, interior, building.

Museum Kyoto Japan

Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto JapanIt’s Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum in Kyoto city. (not Kawaii..)

Kawai Kanjiro was pottery artist originally but he also did sculpture, calligraphy, poetry and furniture, interior, product design.

I can say he was very talented craft man as designer and artist at that period.
I feel like there is a distance in between craft and design and art but he was interactional each of those.

I think he is best Japanese potter ever.

It’s impressive how he could keep creating with joy and challenging.
It looks like he had never gotten bored with it.

He and his family worked and lived in this house and studio everyday.
He created tons of potteries in this place.
And this house supported his massive creation as space.
He also designed this place.

It’s used as his memorial museum after his passed away(in 1966, he was 76 years old).
At there, you can see his works and many crafts he collected, interior furniture, garden, huge kiln, books.

Especially those chairs, he collected many chairs from Africa, South America maybe Europe, in Japan as well.
I remember that I met one Spanish family at the museum and they were so excited.
They said there is a chair made by their grand father but they couldn’t tell that in Japanese to the staff.

I translated their exciting random Spanish and English by Japanese and told that to staff there.
The staff brought a old book and show the family then there was a photo of their grand father in the book..
They looked so happy like explosion!

Sometimes I think stuff is just stuff but it has more value or can be important when it has a story or memory.
Especially there are so much story in crafts and it’s interesting to discover the background.
I feel that was more pure and honest at that period when Kanjiro was living.(It’s not like branding business.. haha)

Everything is beautiful with gently atmosphere in traditional Japanese style building like great harmony.
We still can feel his daily living life from this place.

There are some books about him selling at the reception.
I really like the title of the book from his word.

It’s “We do not work alone”.

I bought it for myself but I gave it to someone and bought new one for myself but gave it again to someone and bought it again then maybe I will give it to someone again one day haha..

Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan

I feel like I can describe forever about here.. maybe not here, about this great lovely person Kawai Kanjiro but I stop here.

Anyway, please come visit there and touch the feeling of him.
Then I would love to hear how you felt.

I like to know how we see the things in each different point of view.

Link:

[English information by japanvisitor.com]
http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-museums/kawai-kanjiro-memorial-museum

[Official Japanese website]
http://www.kanjiro.jp/

I almost forgot to say but it’s about 10 min. walk from our main building!

Thanks for reading.

Have a beautiful day~

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
April 28, 2017

One of The Finest Example of Japanese Architecture

Katsura Imperial Villa and Garden are completed in 1645 for the members of Japan’s imperial family.

This place has been giving inspirations of universal and timeless Japanese traditional/modern aesthetics to many architect in the world.

Why I said traditional/modern, because it always looks fresh and modern and beautiful even if it’s built few hundreds years ago.

I think it’s very special, we still can surprise with those old things across several generations.

Every single part of the design of them have reason and meaning.

Please visit there and have a look if you would like to know. It’s very interesting.

Architecture Kyoto Japan

Architecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanVisiting here requires joining a free guide walking tour.

It’s 1 hour in Japanese. They also prepare audio guides for several foreign languages.

The landscape of garden is also magnificent.

It’s like unexplored beautiful small village.

Architecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanThe Good NEWS are they started to take application on the day!

Actually this is great!

Because before that, we need to apply at least before the day of visiting with our passport at the Imperial Household Agency’s office in Kyoto Imperial Park.

(However Katsura Imperial Villa is not located in Imperial Park.)


But it’s for small numbers so it often get booked out.

Usually we try to be the office around their opening time from 8:45 a.m. to get the reservation…but it’s not so crazy busy so please take it easy and take your time for enjoying your morning in Kyoto haha…one day we will post some recommendations for breakfast in Kyoto.

(Tours are held 6 times per day except on Monday)

I also recommend this way if you have time in advance.

HOW TO APPLY THE TOUR ON THE DAY

From around 11 a.m. they will distribute a numbered ticket at the reception in front of “Katsura Imperial Villa”.

Katsura Imperial Villa is located in west part of Kyoto city.

(Please take your Passport, it’s important.)


We can apply for ①13: 30 ②14: 30 ③15: 30 those 3 time on the day.
It’s only for 20 people per time.


The official website says that the reception will be closed as soon as it is full.

But from my experience, you may be available to get the ticket for one of the time even if you go there around 13:00.


If you have to wait for a while until starting time, I recommend to visit the famous rice cake shop/cafe close by the bridge around there.

I met a random Japanese elderly woman around my grandmother’s age when I was in the cafe.

She was also waiting for the tour and we chatted.

I heard a lot of good story from her life and she looked still enjoying her life so much.

I thought I will not meet her again so I didn’t mention I’m working at Gojo guesthouse.

After few months, I got a call for making a reservation from new customer.

Then this person had exactly same voice and tone as the elderly woman who I met at the cafe.

I asked her that had she ever been to Katsura Imperial Villa in last few months.

She seemed wondered and said yes…

It’s nice to try if you are spontaneous person who likes traveling like freely haha.

ACCESS:

The closest train station is Katsura station on Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Katsura Imperial Villa is 15 min. walk from the Katsura station.

You can take train from Kawaramachi station which is located in Shijo Kwaramachi downtown area.

LINK:

[Official English information by Imperial Household Agency]

http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/katsura.html

[English information by japan-guide.com]
(Their website is necessary for traveling in Japan.)


http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3914.html

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
March 28, 2017

Where to go in Kyoto during cherry blossom in 2017(Sakura)?

Are you ready for going out on a picnic under cherry blossom?

Well, I am ready, but…..the cherry trees in Kyoto are not yet……

This year, according to the weather report, the first bloom will be on 1st of April, and then full bloom will be around one week later.

So during 4/1~4/15 should be the best time for Sakura hunting in Kyoto.

 

Someyoshino sakura in Kyoto
 

 

Amount more then 400 shrines and 1500 temples in Kyoto, you can easily find a nicely bloom cherry inside the Japanese Garden.

And there are mountains of mountains of nice photos that you can find on the internet.

So I decided to give you some keywords for nice free spots to search , and some tips

 

-Within walk distance from Gojo Guest house/ Annex

  1. takasegawa sakuraKamo river side between Gojo and Shijo streets (THE BEST place for picnic)
  2. Maruyama Park (a huge cherry tree and a cherry forest that you can picnic under the trees/there are lights-up/food stands, so you can go even in the night, but sometimes too busy….I usually go there around 11pm)
  3. Takasegawa river (a nice walk to downtown under 4KM long cherry blossom, isn’t is nice?!)
 

 

 

 

 

-Bus/Train ride within 30mins from Gojo Guest house/ Annex
  1. Yawata -Sewaritei ,Yodo river side (only 28mins train ride you can arrive to this amazing place. My other GOOD selection for going out for picnic under cherry blossom. And it is interesting to observe how Japanese family/friends enjoy their wonderful afternoon here)
  2. Nanzenji temple/Keage area (even though there are beautiful sen garden in the temple, but just walkin the area, there are many cherry trees outside that is for free. over here, there are alliteratively less people)
  3. Heian Shrine/Garden (I love the color combination in Heian shrine: white sand/red pillars /green roof/and pink cherry blossom!!!
  4. Path of Philosophy (among the river, there are full of cherry trees……walk along the tiny river, and think about eggs comes first or chicken?!)
  5. Kyoto Imperial palace Park (Tips for Imperial palace park, bring your sandwiches and a small bottle of sake……and just ENJOY)
  6. Kamo river near by Demachiyanagi station (this is where Takanogawa river and Kamogawa river join together, wide river bank to go for picnic)
 

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(here is how Yawata -Sewaritei looks)

 

-Bus/Train ride more then  30mins from Gojo Guest house/ Annex
  1. Hirano jinjya Shrine(there are many different type of cherry that you can learn more about. (I saw one type with Green petal)
  2. Ryuanji temple ( the famous stone Garden with a weeping cherry from outside of the wall, very Zen!!!)
  3. Ninanji temple(The sakura is called Omurazakura,御室桜, if you arrive Kyoto around mid April,then you can come here to enjoy cherry blossom)
  4. Daikakuji (this temple is in Arashiyama area. If you are nearby and would like to avoid the crows, then here is a good choice!)
 

More photos

ninnaji temple-pagoda
(Ninnaji temple)

ninnaji temple-maiko(I met one Maiko at Ninnanji temple

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(Picnic at Yawata -Sewaritei with Gojo staffs)

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(Here is Kam river bank)

 

 

 

akashitarezakura
(This is Akashitarezakura cherry)

temple-yawata
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The temple at Yawata)

Here are all the blablabla……about cherry blossom in Kyoto……can’t wait for another week~~

Sakura forecast link
Gojo staff
Nelly
http://gojo-guest-house.com/
 

 
March 23, 2017

A Day Trip For Cherry Blossoms

Getting close to the cherry blossoms season in Spring!
But it’s still cold like Winter here in Kyoto!
Spring is always come and leave unnoticed…

Cherry blossoms blooming is one of the highlights in our life of a year for Japanese people.
We always try to enjoy them as much as we can in the short blooming season.
I prefer watch them from bit far distance and also when it’s leaving.
Let’s talk about how you would like to watch them when you are here haha.

There are so many places to enjoy watching them especially in Kyoto city.
However I’m kind of picky so I would like to recommend this place for a day trip from Kyoto.
Haha, please take it easy. It’s not so weired… I still remember one of our guest asked me for recommendation he would like to do most weired thing in Kyoto but he already had a huge staffed bird sculpture on his left shoulder and he already had been to birds cafe with it in Kyoto.
Finally I couldn’t give any better weired recommendation in Kyoto to satisfy him… Sometimes I thought about him… You can find his photo in the gallery page on our website:-)

Anyway! About cherry blossoms place.

The place called Yoshino mountain, Yoshinoyama, 吉野山, in Nara prefecture next of Kyoto prefecture.

cherry blossom japan

Reach the bottom by old creepy cable car



cherry blossom japan

Walking to the main part



cherry blossom japan

Late in the season but still could see this scene



cherry blossom japan

Many restaurants and street foods



cherry blossom japan

Bit touristic price but very nice



cherry blossom japan

And of course very nice view



cherry blossom japan

Love the detail of structure



cherry blossom japan

Lion dog



cherry blossom japan

Lovely pattern of rocks



cherry blossom japan

Not sure this flashy one is also cherry blossom



cherry blossom japan

Lovely hut with thatched roof



cherry blossom japan

Into the pink bushes



Please google “yoshino cherry blossom”, it’s very easy to find their information.

Have a nice trip everyone!

Access:

[Direction from Kyoto by train]
Take Kintetsu Line from Kyoto Station to Kashiharajingu Mae Station, then transfer to Yoshino Station
(About 1 hour 40 minutes by express in total)

Link:

[Official English information by Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association]
http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/index.htm

[English information by japan-guide.com]
(I love and respect their website! It’s always help our traveling in Japan.)
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4152.html

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
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