Sightseeing List

Sumo wrestlers exercise in the morning at each clan’s house and some clans allow visitors to enter the house. In the fourth week in February, the sumo clans move to Osaka and wrestlers can be spotted […]

Hikone Castle is one of the 12 remaining Japanese castles. It is located east side of Shiga, on the edge of Lake Biwa (the largest lake in Japan). The Tenshu(main castle tower) is designated as a nati […]

Spring and autumn are good seasons for a bicycle tour. Cycling in Kyoto is fun, but the traffic environment is not good for cyclists particularly in the east downtown and Higashiyama tourist district. […]

I don’t really enjoy just seeing old temples and shrines but shopping in temple’s market is really fun. There are three major outdoor markets in Kansai which are held monthly at the temple […]

Ukai, a traditional fishing method using cormorant, is demonstrated to tourists during summer season. There are twelve such shows across Japan and you can enjoy two of them in Kyoto, one in Uji and th […]

* This is the past event. Himeji Castle is one of the most important historic buildings in Japan.  It was built in 16th century as a fortress of the feudal load and has preserved its original form for […]

Kawayuka (dining decks built above rivers) is one of the most pleasant places to experience summer in Kyoto. Many restaurants at Kifune (貴船) open decks during summer from May to September. You can enj […]

Most visitors flock to the ubiquitous malls and stalls found around the main tourist traps. Here, the usual selection of postcards, keyrings, and plastic Samurai swords are found in abundance. Such it […]

Bunraku is a classic theatrical art using puppets. A half life-sized puppet with elaborate costume is manipulated by three puppeteers to make a fluid move and express amazingly various emotions of a c […]



Nara was Japan’s ancient capital (710-84), predating its illustrious neighbor – Kyoto by 84 years. It was the country’s first major administrative center and was called Heijo-kyo. Th […]