Dec 7, 2011

the watch‐night bell

Dec 31st is called 'Ohmisoka' among Japanese people. We stay up till midnight hearing 'Jyoya no kane'(the watch-night bell).

This bell sound is coming not from far mountains but from the temples nearby.
And you can even ring the bell to visit temples.

'Tofuku ji temple' is one of our closest choices for ringing bell.
We ring the bell only 108 times for some Buddhism reason, so usually we make a queue to get a a numbered ticket indicating the order.

Tofuku-ji Temple
・23:00 gate open and ticket will be served
・23:00 start to ring the bell
No reservation
Free to join
Access: 15 minuets walk from J-Hoppers Kyoto Guesthouse

Dec 4, 2011

Kakure Nenbutsu at Rokuharamitsuji Temple

DEC.13 - DEC.30
Rokuharamitsuji Temple

Unique style of Nenbutsu, prayer to the Buddha, started by the holy priest Kuya in 951 to help the people in Kyoto from epidemics.
Priests chant/dance the prayer wishing people to expiate the sins of the past year and to have a happy new year. ( daily around 4:00PM)

* [ Rokuharamitsuji Temple ]
* Tel : 075-561-6980
Access : City Bus No.206 "Kiyomizu-michi"

Dec 2, 2011

Arashiyama Hana Toro

Time flies !
2011 is just a month to go.

Before turning into 2012.
There is an event for lit up in Arashiyama.

Schedule: 9th Dec. to 18th Dec. @17 pm to 20:30pm

There are some beautiful stuff to look up
such as bamboo forest and a Togetsu bridge.

You'd better to see the difference between daytime and night time.

Access: JR Sagano line to "Saga Arashiyama"

Nov 28, 2011

The Special Kabuki performance on the end of this year

Day by day it's getting colder and colder.
This is one of the annual event we call Kichirei kaomise Kabuki(吉例顔見世歌舞伎) is held in the end of year.

All big kabuki stars gather at Minami-za on this time

Nov 30th - Dec 26th

Nov 12, 2011

Manpukuji Art Festival -EN-

Date: Nov 19th(sat)-Nov 2oth(sun)
Time: 12:00 - 19:00
Ticket: Advance 700yen/one day 1300yen/two days
Door 800yen/one day 1500yen/two days

At: Manpukuji temple
Access: JR Kyoto sta. → JR Obaku sta. (21min, 230yen)

We used to have a fair stall in every village quite often. Nowadays those stalls are getting less and less throughout Japan.
The students from Kyoto and the artists gathered to exhibit their performance for the public. Usually they perform different places each other. You may be meeting up someone special by a curious turn of fate on this day.

Nov 10, 2011

Arashiyama Momiji Festival

Momiji means autumn leaves.
So, the season for autumn leaves is coming soon!!!

There is an event in Arashiyama.


13th Nov (SUN)
from 10:30am~

around Togetsu bridge

This year of the leaves might be late as reddish.
Though, this event is very exciting for anyone who likes Arashiyama.

Why don't you visit there?

Access: JR Sagano line "Saga Arashiyama"

Nov 4, 2011

Why don't you go out night time in Kyoto !?

Day by day in everywhere in Kyoto, It will getting colder and colder.
The foliage season has come to Kyoto once again.

I recommend you to see the night time Eikando on this year.
Eikando Temple
Nov.5 - Nov.30, 2011
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
(Gates are closed at 9:00 PM)

Tel : 075-761-0007
Access : City Bus No.5 "Nanzenji Eikando-mae"

Oct 31, 2011

Jonangu Shrine "Kyokusui no En"

  • NOV.3 Jonangu Shirine
  • Elegant poetry game played by men and women dressed as Heian aristocrats.


    • [ Jonangu Shirine ]
    • Tel : 075-611-0575
      Access :
      City Subway Karasuma Line "Takeda" station
      City Bus No South 1,2, 3 to "Jonangu-higashi-guchi"

    Oct 18, 2011

    Let's ZAZEN!

    Our neighborhood temple, Tofukuji temple has a monthly Zazen practice.
    It will be held on Oct 23rd (Sun) this month.

    ---Sunday Zazen Practice---
    Date: Oct 23rd
    Time: 8:00 - 9:00
    Place: Zen hall at Tofuku ji temple
    Free to join

    There are the learner monks. They sit with you and some of them hit you if you ask.
    It will be a bit chilly in the hall, please bring extra jacket with you.

    Oct 12, 2011

    Open air-cafe & Handmade Art Gallery

    How are you enjoying with this beautiful Autumn?

    You might feel that you need something or someone
    to hold you warm in this season.

    Is this just my feeling? anyways....

    A heartful event is coming!!

    "Open air-cafe & Handmade art gallery"

    23rd Oct. (SUN)
    @Kyoto Kaikan 10a.m. - 16p.m.

    There will be many kinds of handmade stuff to look up!

    Take a hot drink and see around with lovely arts.


    Oct 9, 2011

    Hold a mass for dolls

    It's a bit spooky as you can see on the photo avobe.
    This is an festival for holding a mass for any dolls.

    It's called " NINGYO KUYO"

    DATE: 14th OCT.
    TIME: 10:30am -12pm
    PLACE: 宝鏡寺(HouKyou-ji)

    You may have some dolls since you were a small kid.
    However, it's hard to throw them away without any feelings.
    So, they've made an event for any dolls.

    COST: 3,000yen for your dolls.
    "Free"to Visit !!

    Access: City Bus #9 or #12 "Horikawa Teranouchi"

    Oct 8, 2011

    Fire Festival in Kurama

    Usually Oct 22nd is the day of `Jidai Matsuri Festival' among people in Kyoto.
    'Jidai Matsuri Festival' ;

    However there is another festival on the same day at just a bit north of Kyoto, Kurama.
    It is called as `Hi Matsuri (Fire Festival)'.
    Ans it is known as unusual festival...

    ---Fire Festival in Kurama---
    DATE: Oct 22nd (sat)
    TIME: 18:00~midnight
    PLACE: Yuki Jinja Shrine
    Access: from J-Hoppers Kyoto, Keihan train 'Tofukuji'sta. - 'Demachiyanagi'sta.
    transfer to
    Eiden train 'Demachiyanagi'sta. - 'Kurama'

    * The festival will be finished at midnight, please check your last train in advance.

    Long row of torches planted on both sides of the street leading to Yuki Shrine are lit at 6pm.
    Children in festival dress march to the Shrine carrying small torches, followed by adults with bigger torches.

    Sep 30, 2011

    Toji Temple Treasury Opening

    At this season almost all temples show the special treasures.

    Fro J-Hoppers guests, you have to go Toji- temple special open!!

    Admission : ¥500

    SEP.20 - NOV.25

    An unrivalled collection of national treasures are open to the public.

    [ Toji Temple ]

    Tel : 075-691-3325

    Access from J-Hoppers : Walk about 15min