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When I was walking along Horikawa-dori Avenue in northern part of the city of Kyoto, a big sign hit my eyes; it said “Lady Murasaki’s Grave.” Yes, I am talking about the author of “The Tale of Genji,” (probably completed in the early 11th century)...More
Date of experience: April 2017
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.