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March 16, 2017

Beauty of the winter and waiting for spring

Hello Everyone: )

How are you doing?
This is Keita.

We had several times of snow in this year, and it is slowly getting warmer now in Kyoto.
Kamo river in winter

Kamoriver with snow

We did a few activities for fun during winter time and I would love to share those things with you.


We made a Gojo Guest House original map about “Our Good Neighborhood”.

Our new map named "Our Good Neighborhood" designed by SKKY

Our new map named “Our Good Neighborhood” designed by SKKY

It is all about our recommendations for shops and restaurants around the guest house. I think you know we are good for recommendations, right?

There are good coffee stands, cafe, Izakaya, restaurants, public baths, shops, and even some tips to enjoy the area with explanation in English and Japanese on the map. We hope you’ll grab the local guide map and explore the alternative Gojo area.

You can get the map at receptions of Gojo Guest House and Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX. (After reading it, we are so happy if you’ll give the map to your friend who plans to visit Kyoto )






At Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX, we have a new garden!


Japanese style garden at ANNEX

We went to forest to pick the moss on February with my friend Mr. Kobayashi who is a gardener. The garden is his first work after independent form his master. We love the garden and the moss which is so soft. Hope you’ll like it too!



Looking forward to having its leaves on spring

In spring it has fresh leaves, in summer with green leaves, and it turns red in autumn

I’m looking forward to having spring and seeing you here!!

Have a good day and good trip: )

February 21, 2017

Introduce myself.

Hi everyone,
How ya goin’?
How was your day?

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I’m Takuma from Osaka, just call me Taku.
I am a new staff having worked in Gojo guesthouse since July last year.
I’ve just found a new house in Kyoto and recently I often go out in Kyoto.
So I would like to tell you my recommendations.


One is a bottle shop called Matsukawa sake ten
I like the old atmosphere and people and style of drinking in the bottle shop.

you drink with standing and need to find a tray and glass and take foods and drinks you want from a fridge

and put them on your tray and meet and talk with local people.

when you wanna check the bill, call the old lady and she will calculate for you with an old soroban(abacus)



Second one is a Betayaki restaurant called Masa.

Betayaki is one of traditional foods in Kyoto. Okonomiyaki and Hiroshimayaki is originally come from Betayaki. The restaurant is small and cosy and quite old.A guy run the restaurant. He has strong passion for Betayaki.
He wants you to eat betayaki in a traditional way and want you to know it.
So I eat betayaki with a kote(spatula) not chopstick.


Third one is just chilling out by the river called Kamogawa in the central.
For me, drinking and taking a nap by the river (or walking, cycling) are nice things to do.
If you go north along the river, you will see many nature scenery.
One day, I went to cycle to the north of the river with my friends, and was swimming

in the river and then we saw a huge natural monster called Oosansyouuo

(giannt salamander)which is one of Japanese natural monument.


Forth one is going to small towns and villages in low season.
I went to a peaceful village called Ohara in Kyoto .
I found a silent water fall and beautiful wooden temple with no paint.
And I took a nap next to a field around greens with nice view.
I had just chill time and peaceful time.
It is imortant to me.

Thank you for reading my first writing the blog.
When you see a staff who has Australian accent in Gojo, It’s me haha
Just come and see me.
See you later mate!!



November 27, 2016

Limited edition, autumn in kyoto


Between zen and visual impact

I was so exciting at the moment when I got on the train.

It was a raining day, but I was so happy it rained,which means there would be less people and I would be able to sit in the temple quietly and enjoy the peacefulness.

The goal is to visit Rurikoin, a temple that only open short term to public in spring and autumn.

Along Takano(gawa) River bank, running water competing with the colorful leaves, great Hiezan mountain in the background, RurikoIn is located in Yase area, a good picnic spot in summer time as well.

When we were at the entrance of RurikoIn temple, we first walked through stone stairs, then across a bridge, I stopped here because of the Koi  fish. They were swimming in the pound like there is nothing else in the world could bother him. Then I took off the shoes, and enter the building of RurikoIn. The astonishing view caught my breathe the moment I walked up to second floor.


The shining wooden floor is reflecting the great view outside of the window. It is like extending scenery. The artwork is completed. It is too much for me. Time stopped here.


I don’t remember how long I had been sitting here. I could hear only wind and rain drops. I felt peacefulness when I was writing a Buddhist scriptures. We were requested to write our wishes at the end, and then this script will be devoted to Buddha. I didn’t write anything down because I fell happiness and grateful already. There is nothing else to ask for.I walked down stair to see the garden more closely.Here the temple provide warm Japanese tea. You can sit down and relax.

I am not sure if you can see it from the first photo. There is a giant stone in the center of the garden. Ruri , the name of this temple origin from this glass shinning stone. When it rains, this stone shines brightly. Therefore, this temple is called RurikoIn, the shrining glass stone.
When I sat here, I heard the monk chanting, a melody of Zen. The combination of sand garden and moss. It’s been the best raining day.

Wish you can see this beautiful view and find the peacefulness in Kyoto.



How to go to RurikoIn

From Gojo Guest house, walk 3 mins to Keihan train Kiomizugojo station, take 10min train to Demachi-yanagi Station; and then get on Eizan Electric Railway(for Yase-Hieizanguchi) to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station. It takes 5 minutes on foot from the station.

November 19, 2016

We redesigned our website!

000001 It has been a while since we updated our blog last time!

Recently it’s getting busy for tourist in Kyoto because of Autumn red leaves season.

It’s beautiful.

Nothing changed in our place.

People always come and stay then leave.

Wish you have a good meeting here in Kyoto.


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February 03, 2016

Life in Kyoto as a Helper Staff

   My name is Martin and I have gotten the wonderful opportunity to work as a helper staff here at Gojo Guest House.
   Soon to be three weeks ago, I left my windy and small home town on the Swedish west coast and headed towards Japan. I quit my job, said goodbye to my family and at the moment I don’t have any idea when I’ll set foot on Swedish soil again. It’s absolutely terrifying at times, but for the most part it’s an incredible experience.
   This is my second time in Japan and at Gojo. During my first visit in Spring, I heard that they offered the opportunity to come here as helper staff and I pretty much made up my mind right at that moment that I’d be back in the fall if they would have me.
   The wonderful staff, the smiling locals, the amazing guests and of course the beautiful city, that is Kyoto, makes this one of the best locations to experience traditional Japan. With 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400Shinto shrines, it feels very good to spend the majority of my 82days in Japan, in Kyoto.
   Kyoto has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for spectacular history, rowdy “izakaya”, wonderful craft beer or incredible vintage and handicraft markets. You will find it all here and so much more.
   So take the chance, come to Japan and Kyoto, and fall in love with the city and Gojo Guest House. Or if you are already here, come by and share your stories over an excellent cup of coffee.
   I really hope I will get the chance to meet you.
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3-396-2, Gojobashi higashi, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0846 Tel/Fax:075-525-2299(Domestic), 81-75-525-2299(Overseas)

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December 29, 2014

The end of Red and the beginning of white @Kyoto

Sorry for keep you waiting……….
We were so busy this autumn that we could only visit one or two temples……

The Zen gardens looks more colorful in Autumn too;but Kyoto are crowded with visitors too.

How to enjoy Kyoto without waiting in cues or saying excuse me all the time??

Now we are going to show you how we took these wonderful photos…….

Like them!

And then you all you need is to sit down and enjoy the scenery~~

At the right hand side of the garden, you usually will find a waterpond like this.

The purpose is not to wash hands……but to reflect the sun shine into the dark house.
This is the old wisdom when we don’t have the convenience of electricity hundreds years ago.

Look how it was surrounded by momiji (Japanese maple trees)





In Kyoto,
there are many beautiful gardens or temples surrounded by colors
during Autumn, this is why we also love Autumn Kyoto.
During this season, if you want to get away from the crowds,
come chat with us,
we will give you great suggestions
where you can enjoy the quietness and feel the Zen.

It is gonna snow during new years eve.
Then maybe we will show you more photos of White Kyoto?!
Everyone stay warm and best wishes from Gojo~
Happy New Year to everyone!


3-396-2, Gojobashi higashi, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0846 Tel/Fax:075-525-2299(Domestic), 81-75-525-2299(Overseas)

December 05, 2014

I love this cold.












「彼らは、『 I love this cold. 』って言ってるんだよ。」






October 08, 2014

TOTAL lunar eclipse

I’m guessing all of you already know… that we are having the total lunar eclipse tonight!
…or we already had.
It’s not JUST lunar eclipse, it’s TOTAL lunar eclipse. That’s a huge difference right there (not that I’m an eclipse expert).
Thanks to one of our guests from Australia who had told us about this (because to be honest I had noooo idea that we were having this tonight).
We all stood outside, enjoyed watching the moon. How romantic right? Only if I had that special someone with me… (sigh)

Anyyyywaaayyyyys, first it was just 2 of us sitting outside staring up into the sky…

then there were 5….

then 8…
then I don’t know how many, because random people walking on the sidewalk and our neighbors joined in 🙂
It was a nice little relaxing time we had!

Hope you all enjoyed!
Stay warm, because it’s getting quite chilly at night!

September 14, 2014

Who is our birthday girl??

The weather is getting chiller in Kyoto.
How are you there?

We miss summer already…….You??

It’s another ordinary day
that we had a surprised birthday party for our dearest birthday girl……………..

Everybody showed up unexpectedly
And here is her surprised face………(LOL)

.why my face is blurry!!
she said……….

Yes, we were here for AKKO san’s birthday


(Yeah, we started to sing BD song from all different languages,
there is Japanese/English/Korean/Chinese………….
BIG GOJO Family)

At Gojo, saying hi and goodbye is such an odinary thing
but it’s the only thing that I can’t never get used to it

She is probably the cutest mom that I have ever seen……

We enjoyed a lot!! always can’t stop laughing

Present receiving time!!

I just LOVE those crackers
pinky/crunchy/berry/and sweettttiii….
just their warm smile to us

They are leaving tomorrow for Okinawa to start a new school life
Okinawa de Gambatene!!
Have a nice journey to Okinawa

And come back from time to time………Missya already