Mar 8, 2017

Kitano Odori 2017

Kitano Odori is the dance performance by Geiko and Maiko at Kamishichiken geisha quarters.
The program is schedule for 14days from March 25th to April 7th, starts from 1:30pm and 4pm for about 1 hour. 
Kitano Odori ushers in the Kyoto spring.
The admission fee is 4800JPY with tea ceremony or 4300JPY w/o tea ceremony.

Love to see real Maiko ? then don't miss out !

Mar 2, 2017

Higashiyama Hanatoro 2017 Illumnation Event in Kyoto

This illumination event comes every year like your birthday.
Celebrate it like your birthday, it's quite something!

It's from tomorrow March 3rd till 12nd, 6pm-9:30pm everyday during the period.
They illuminate the area of Higashiyama, which literally means "eastern mountain" where many tourist attractions are, and where you can feel the touch of traditional Kyoto.

No entrance fee except when you would like to have a look at illuminations at temples (around 500 yen).
Please do not complain about this fact. Temples have powers in Kyoto, you know. They do not even pay taxes...blah blah blah.
(I know churches are usually free, right?  I know I know).

But It's worth it. Right? Go and check it's amazing!

Feb 28, 2017

Arashiyama walkabout

Arashiyama is one of the most well known tourist destinations in Kyoto - bamboo forest, monkey park, hot spring or just the unique atmosphere in general.

I decided to go exploring a bit more of Arashiyama area apart from those famous spots.

Walking 30 mins from busy central area to the north, you can find this quiet beautiful temple called Otagi-nenbutsuji. It was quite interesting to see Arashiyama with less people on the way, eventually got zero tourist, temperature dramatically dropped, we felt like we were in the forest.

So what makes this place unique is not only the location, but the crazy number of Jizou statues they've got. 1,200 of them with different faces and unique poses, that were pretty peaceful and lovely but kind of spooky at the same time.

It's going to be a nice small walk in the mountain, and I didn't see any foreigners there which was very rare experience in Kyoto. We saw a lot of cherry blossom trees lining up at the temple, and must be very beautiful with Autumn color too!


Feb 25, 2017

Special Vegetarian Restaurant

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

My topic today is my recent discovery, 『Onikai』, vegetarian restaurant.
They will surprise you with the art of vegetables produced in Kyoto.
Lots variety of vegetables are turned into creative dishes and they are all beautifully arranged in the plates and are so delicious !

Furthermore, you can see the chef cooking meals inside of the open bar counter.
The place is so cozy and they have many private spaces separated by walls so you can come different occasions with workmates, friends or boyfriend or girlfriend.

You'd better secure seats before coming!

Business hours: 6pm to 1am (last order 12:30am)
Holiday : Thursdays
Address: 388 Komeyachō, Shijō-agaru, Kawaramachi, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Thank you ☺

Jan 3, 2017

Toka Ebisu Fes !!!

A very happy new year !

The first festival in Kyoto we introduce here is Toka Ebisu festival :)

It will be held at Ebisu shrine from January 8th to 12th.
For five lively days in January thousands throng to a small shrine in Gion to pray to Ebisu, the god of good fortune.
During these 5 days, there will be many events and also so many food stands are opened around the shrine. You can definitely enjoy this event !

So why don't you go and get fortune !?

For further questions, please refer to the following link as below ;

Dec 16, 2016

Vegan cafe to go !

Hi this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto Guest House.
My topic today is Vegan cafe, "CHOICE" and it is highly recommendable place for someone vegan, dairy free or gluten free !

They serve a variety of meals such as vegan burgers , gluten free pastas or pizzas and pancakes so this is a cafe to go for breakfast through dinner.

The cafe is light and airy and peaceful so good with solo, friends or couples.

Acai Bowl

Rum and raisin pancake

It is accessible from Sanjo Keihan train and please check it out if you ever have chances :-)

Thank you .

Dec 8, 2016


Arashiyama Hanatouro, one of the most popular illumination events in Kyoto is staged from Dec. 9th for 10 days.

During the period, "Tsukijuya" an event on the theme of moon is held at Shigureden.
The event contains astronomical observation, cafe, workshop, market, etc.....

You can see illuminated Togetsu-kyo Bridge and bamboo forest from the hall.


Dates: Dec. 10th (Sat), 17th (Sat), 18th (Sun)
         *Dec. 9th, 11th-16th Art Exhibition
Hours: 17:00-20:30  (Last admission 20:00)
Venue: Shigureden, the hall of Ogura Hyakunin Isshu
Admission: 200yen

-Arashiyama Hanatouro-

Dates: Dec. 9th (Fri)-18th (Sun)
Hours: 17:00-20:30