Friday, December 25, 2009

Osechi Ryouri

In the new year, it is the custom to have Osechi Ryouri.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi

Our chef going to prepare Osechi this year as well,
we are still taking reservation for our guests who will be staying in New Year Time.
For more details please email us or ask at the reception.

This is Kaiseki Ryouri for the beginning of 2009.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Arashiyama Hanatouro

I went to Arashiyama Hanatouro last thursday.

I took Randen the only tram train (in certain area only) remains in Kyoto.
http://randen.keifuku.co.jp/
(Japanese page)

It is flat fee 200 YEN on one way so if you are planning to goto Arashiyama from
our Ryokan. I reccomend to take Subway Tosai line to Uzumasa Tenjin station
then get this train.



It was really cold night however many people were there to see the light-ups.
I only went to Horinji-temple and Bamboo footpath.
It had different outlook from during the day.
Horinji has a terrace where you can have good view of Kyoto.
Unfortunatelly theres no picture of that but it is worth going.





Bamboo Footpath. There were few other colours lighted up, but I thought blue was the best.


There are Hanatouro at Higashiyama area this coming March as well.
If you are in Japan this time, please go and see roads and temples lighted up beatutifully.
http://www.hanatouro.jp/e/higashiyama/index.html

Fushimi Inari to Fushimi Momoyama Trip

I went to see Fushimi Inari Shrine and Fushimi Momoyama area few days ago.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the popular place where our guests ask us how to get to there.

I made route guide album for these areas so please have a look. It is in the bookcase of lobby.




Oinari-san divine fox


Senbondorii - Thousand shrine gate


Rice Crackers at shop in Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Momoyama Area :

The town still has the traditional look.



Ookura Sake Museum


When you enter the museum you can get free sake

Friday, December 11, 2009

Arashiyama Hanatouro 2009

From today, 11th December to 20th December in Arashiyama area Hanatouro illumination will be held.

Pathways of Arashiyama area are illuminated every night and also things like street performance and Ikebana displays are held during this event.

The Illumination start from 5pm and finishes 8:30pm

During this event the traffic will be restricted so please use public transport to get to Arashiyama.

I am going to this event on 17th and will write the report after that ^^
http://www.hanatouro.jp/e/arashiyama/index.html

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kiyomizudera-temple light-up

I went to Kiyomizudera-temple light-up last thursday.
During light-up is held usually the temple gets crowded and especially on weekends.
However when I went, it was during the week and also was raining until the sun-set so
no many people were there.

I caught the bus from Kawaramachi Marutamachi stop, which is the closest stop to get to Kiyomizu temple from our ryokan.
Take #202 from the Kawaramachi Marutamachi stop and get off at the Kiyomizumichi stop.
It took about 20mins, but during the tourist season it might take more.
From the stop, have to walk up the hill for about 10mins. There are many shops towards the Kiyomizu temple, you might find something interesting there.

The leaves are slightly dump after the rain so when its lit up it sparkles very beautifully.
Also the full moon were showing between the clouds and it adds the beauty to the whole atomosphere.

It took about 50mins to walk through the whole temple.

I went there with my friend and we took a walk towards Gion area through stone laid walkway.
This area still has traditional walkway and it is one of the main attraction for tourists.

I reccomend to take a walk from Kiyomizu to Gion area after going to Kiyomizu temple.

Unfortunatelly, Kiyomizu temple's light-up finished already but the Shorenin still hold the light up until December 14th.

I am going there soon as well ^^
http://www.shorenin.com/english/index.html














Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tea Ceremony and New Year Calligraphy

Its already December and getting towards the end of 2009 and the New Year 2010.

We hold these events at our Lobby.




"Tea Ceremony"
2009 Dec 4th(Fri), 11th(Fri), 25th(Fri)
2010 Jan 8th(Fri), 22nd(Fri), 29th(Fri)
Event time: 19:00~20:00



Japanese style Tea Ceremony held with English narration.
You can make your own tea in the ceremony.




"New Year Calligraphy"
2010 January 3rd(Sun)
Starting Time:9:00am~



Also called KAKIZOME in Japanese.

Firstly performance by professional Caligrapher, and then you will
experience how to write Japanese Caligraphy.
This is whats it looks like last year.
http://nishiyamahotel.blogspot.com/2008/01/happy-new-year.html

Both events are always enjoyed by many guests staying at our Ryokan.
It is for Free so when you stay above dates at our Ryokan, please come along.