Jun 13, 2012

Hydrangea(Ajisai in JPN) Garden Opening

Japan's month long rainy season, known as Tsuyu in Japan, has begun.

It is the period from spring to summer, when the country experiences a continuous spell of rainy weather. All areas except the northernmost island of Hokkaido have a hot and very humid rainy days. It is surely one of the unpleasant aspects of the Japanese climate.

However, you can savor the special beauty of Hydrangea, or Ajisai in Japanese during this season. They bloom from June to July in different regions in Japan and light up its gloomy rainy season.

The Cherry Blossom festival is well known, even outside Japan, but few are aware of the Hydrangea Festival of Flowers, a festival which signifies the arrival of summer.
Kyoto has many of the most famous temples for hydrangeas and the gorgeous blooms attract many visitors during June. Below are the recommended spots in Kyoto.

Mimuroto-ji Temple

You can enjoy about 10.000 hydrangea in this temple, known as "Temple of Flower".
It is located in Uji area of which the scene from the Tale of Genji is set.

Only on the weekends from June 9th to June 24th, they light up thousands of Ajisai flowers at night. fascinating. Ajisai at night have their own unique and fascinating attractiveness.

Mimuroto-ji Temple Hydrangea Festival

*Period: June 1st - July 11th  8:30~16:30
*Light up: On Sat. and Sat. from June 9th to June 24th  19:00~21:00
  Admission closes 30 minutes before closing time
*Fee: 500 yen
*Access: 15 min walk from Mimuroto Station on the Keihan Line

Sanzen-in Temple

This temple is located part way up the forested mountains in the east of Ohara, where is a rural town nestled in the mountains of northern Kyoto.
The temple was established in the early Heian Period (794-1185).It is a large temple with a variety of buildings and gardens and particularly popular in mid November during the autumn leaf season,

Why don't you experience the beauty of Hydrangea in the graceful, elegant, peaceful, relaxing, and refreshing temple?

Sanzen-in Temple Hydrangea Festival

*Period: June 10th - July 9th  8:30~17:00
  Admission closes 30 minutes before closing time
*Fee:700 yen
*Access:  One hour by Kyoto Bus No. 17 from Kyoto Station to Ohara Bus Stop, then 10 minutes on foot.

Fujinomori-jinja Shrine

Located in Fushimi area, Fujinomori Shrine was built before the relocation of the capital to Kyoto in 794.
Although the shrine stands in a busy residential district, Fukakusa, the grounds are extensive. They have two hydrangea gardens, one to the left of the approach to the shrine, the other at the back.

On the 17th, You can see some Japanese traditional performances such as Gagaku (traditional music) and Kemari(a traditional ball game) in this shrine.

Fujinomori-jinja Shrine Hydrangea Festival

*Period: June 2nd - June 30th  9:00 ~ 16:00
*Fee: 300 yen
*Access: A 5-minute walk from JR Fujinomori Station on the JR Nara Line, or a 7-minute walk from Sumizome Station on the Keihan Line

Jun 12, 2012

Great Tea Ceremony at Mt. Yoshida (21st cencury ver.)

2012/06/16(sat) - 2012/06/07(sun)
am10:00 - pm17:00
at Yoshida Jinjya Shrine
Free of charge

Keihan train 'Tofukuji' sta. to 'Demachiyanagi' sta. then walk 15 minutes
city bus from 'Kyoto station' to 'Hyakumanben' bus stop (No.17 and No.206) then walk 15 minutes

It is an annual tea tasting party.
There will be from Japanese green tea to several tea from Taiwan, South Korea, China, Turkey and Africa.
Most of them are organic.
You can even learn how to make tea from them!

Jun 3, 2012

Nishiki food market

 Have you heard about food market?

There is a very interesting food market street in Kyoto.
It's called "NISHIKI MARKET"

Fresh vegitable, fish, tofu, sweets and more.
 You should try croquette with chocolate flavor.

Access: Subway Karasuma line " Shijo sta." then walk 10min.

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