Author Archives: kyoto

Shijo Kawaramachi

The Shijo Kawaramachi intersection is Kyoto’s busiest shopping district. The opulent Takashimaya department store is located on the south west corner on Shijo opposite Kyoto Marui department store (which replaced… Read more »

Shopping malls

Aeon Mall is a large shopping center situated 5 minutes’ walk from the Hachijo Exit on the south side of Kyoto Station. Inside are popular national and international retail stores,… Read more »

Shopping arcades

Nishiki market Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, this lively… Read more »


Kyoyumoto Hatoya Zuiho-kaku(Onsen); Bit expensive, need reservation before hand. But one day or half-day Hot Spring Bath bathing and dinner or lunch.

Taxis vs Uber

Don’t bother with Uber in Japan. Normal taxi should be easier, less expensive or the same, more reliable, and straightforward. There are taxi ranks outside most train stations, bus terminals… Read more »

Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of… Read more »

Local Restaurants

#1 SHINKAWA/Chanko nabe restaurant : Former Sumo wrestler opened this place to introduce sumo wrestler hot pot. Big pot of meat and vegetables. Good and healthy! The atmosphere is very… Read more »

Bike riding in Kyoto

The riding conditions in Kyoto are very convenient. There are many bike tracks, especially along the river that can take you to many sightseeing spots. Usually each temple has some… Read more »

Pocket Wifi

There are some choices. #1 Pocket Wifi router rental at Kyoto tower Kansai Tourist Information Center: #2 Online Pocket Wifi rental service which I found : #3 Using… Read more »

About Arashiyama

From Kyoto-station, using JR Sagano line, get off at Saga-Arashiyama station. It will take about 15 min. No need to change trains. Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant, touristy district in… Read more »

Japanese wine

I believe you can find Japanese wines in shops in Kyoto station, department store’s wine section and discount shops(such As DonQuijote). But if you want to hear and decide what… Read more »


Here are nearby 3 massage shops information. #1, CHIYOMATSU Japanese style setting house and room. Variety of menu. Open 14:00 to 21:00 or 23:00 depending on the day. Please… Read more »


To go to Nara by train, depart from Kyoto Station or Tofukuji Station. JR Nara line. Both stations are located about 12-15 min walk from your stay but different direction…. Read more »