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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
"find out how the craftspeople of japan make their work"
reviewed 3 weeks ago by Vickir191
if you wanted to know what a tatami made is made of or how to make one, or how much goes into making a kimono or a fan this is the place to visit, so many interesting things and how they are made, it has a really good gift shop too
This is a must-go if you are a fan of historical and cultural architecture. Apart from this, if you are superstitious, hoping that there would be good luck for your work, love life or health. This is a place for your inner peace and family happiness. The shrine itself is not big, but surrounding it is a whole lot of...
This park is very large so if you intend on seeing all of it take good shoes and comfortable clothing. We visited to visit the imperial palace, and found it quite hard to navigate at times.
We were there very early (8.20am) and none of the cafes or palaces open in the park before 9am, so bear that in mind...
"Sit by the river bank and watch the world whizz by"
reviewed 2 weeks ago by HerbertC249
This shallow river has wide pathways on both sides of its banks which provide an excellent place for strolling and cycling. Nevertheless, it is best enjoyed by sitting down by the river bank and watching the world go by. I’m amazed at how crystal clear the gushing water looks.... a testament to the civilized society of this city!
"If you're looking for top notch Persian food, look no further"
reviewed 3 days ago by FaranakP3
This is a wonderful find, we were sight seeing in Japan when we found this restaurant, I am persian myself and I have to tell you, this place is a delight. The owner and his wife are wonderful people too. If you're looking for good quality persian food, kabob + all the side dishes, look no further
Glad we checked trip advisor after a busy day sightseeing. This restaurant was every bit as good as we had hoped. A little pricey but definitely worth it. Japanese beef at its best. Our chef, Yoshida Shogo, was incredibly friendly!
Thank you for such a warm welcome and delicious food!
If you come to Kyoto this is a must to eat. The ambiance was nice and the private room was romantic. The service was perfect, our waitress was Hiromi and she made our visit that much more amazing. The door/restaurant was not too difficult to find but definitely not easy (see attached picture). I took my wife here for her...
Can not say enough about how wonderful this hotel was. The room was fantastic and clean but it was the amazing staff which was the icing on this beautiful experience. Each and every member were genuinely nice, helpful and caring with each interaction. They recommended restaurants and sites and the breakfast was amazing every day. During our visit to Kyoto...
Our son speaks Japanese and has traveled all over Japan, numerous times. He really wanted us to stay at Hiiragiya for our first visit (my husband and myself) to Japan, as he was familiar with it's reputation. It did not disappoint and went far beyond our expectations. The staff, meals and accommodations are of the highest caliber. We have stayed...
We enjoyed our stay at ryokan sawaya. It is close to bus and subway. There are restaurants in the same block.
The hosts were very attentive. The room and facilities were spotless.
The onsen was convenient, a great way to start and end the day.
We were very comfortable here.
The staff here are incredible and accommodating. They made us feel very welcome and the entire experience was great. The rooms are quaint and quiet and surprisingly large, the hotel itself is rather peaceful and the breakfast here was delicious (and worth every cent).
Really excellent quiet hotel. Love the whimsical original decorating scheme. Extremely helpful, English speaking staff. Generous breakfast with good coffee. Very quiet, effective air conditioning.
Great location on the Karasuma subway line, right next to Exit 4. (Use Exit 5 elevator if have heavy luggage. Hotel is then across the road on the right).