Only Kyoto’s Locals Know About This Beautiful Hidden Firefly Spot

13.March.2020 | SPOT

Last year, The GrandWest Arashiyamaーa hotel in Arashiyama, Kyotoーhosted a special firefly tour to huge success. It was so well received that the hotel is bringing the tour back again this year. It will be held for three days, from May 29 to 31, with bookings available starting this month.

 

The tour was particularly well-received with foreign guests who were staying at the hotel, and who had never seen a firefly before. It takes place after sunset, where hotel staff take guests on a mini tour to a little-known-good-spot that only the locals know about where you can see fireflies in Kyoto.

 

The idea behind the tour was conceived by a hotel staff member who lives in Kyoto and spotted the fireflies at a nearby temple. That staff member had never seen fireflies before, and it was the first time since moving to Kyoto that they’d seen them in the wild like that. The number of wild fireflies is actually decreasing each year in Japan, and converselyーdespite them being a symbol of summertime in Japanーthe number of people who have never actually seen them is on the rise. The tour was created to tackle this fact by having hotel guests experiencing a part of Japanese summer.

 

The target audience for the 2019 tour was parents with small children, which was to be held for three days, but the number of bookings shot up for the entire duration, with 80% of them being from hotel guests from foreign countries. Numerous guests from China said that they had seen fireflies in anime and games before, and that kids and adults knew about them, but that there aren’t many places in China where you can see them for real so many of them had never seen them.

 

Fireflies can only inhabit places where the water is clean. Because of this, it’s becoming harder to see them not just in Japan, but around the world. This includes Kyoto, where the number decreases year by year. If you’re travelling to Kyoto at the end of May, then don’t miss out on this rare and exciting opportunity.

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    Running: Until September 30, 2020

    Location: NEWoMan Shinjuku

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    Taste tea from Uji on Japanese Tea Day

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    Ujicha, or tea from Uji in Kyoto, boasts some of the most famous kinds of teas in Japan. This includes matcha, sencha, and gyokuro, all of which were first grown in southern Kyoto. Because of this, it is said that Ujicha marks the origins of Japanese tea. So when you visit Japan during autumn, why not celebrate Japanese Tea Day with some authentic tea from Uji?

     

    Ujicha Tea Murie Online Course

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    Running: Session 1: September 15, 2020 / Session 2: October 2, 2020 / Session 3: October 17, 2020

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    Certified Ujicha tea cafes for an authentic experience

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  • Kyoto’s Female-Only Hotel CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies Reveals Halloween Room

    17.September.2020 | SPOT

    CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies, a hotel in Kyoto exclusive to female guests, is offering a new Halloween room plan between October 1 and November 1. There is just one room and it can only be booked for one day between that period. This plan was offered last year and was a resounding success amongst guests.

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  • nol kyoto sanjo: Kyoto’s New Hotel Renovated From an Old Townhouse

    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyu Land Corporation are set to open the new hotel “nol kyoto sanjo” in central Kyoto on November 1, 2020. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station.

     

    A place where you can be yourself

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    Clad in Kyoto, living in Sanjo

    The concept for the hotel’s design was conceived by Kyoto Vintage. Sanjo-dori is connected to Kyoto’s main street, making it a convenient location for reaching the city centre. It’s also home a variety of architectural examples from old, ancient buildings to more modern ones built during the Meiji Period. Surrounding the hotel is a whole selection of cafes famous for their breakfast menus, restaurants that use local ingredients, long-standing stationery shops, and more. The hotel sits in the perfect spot for coming in contact with the local people and city.

     

    The hotel lounge built from an old townhouse

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    High grade guest rooms for medium to long stays

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    Old-time Kyoto served in a new style

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  • Luxurious Matcha Loaded Parfait Served Up at MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO

    13.September.2020 | FOOD

    MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO had to shorten its menu due to the effects of COVID-19. Their legendary parfait too was taken off the list, but now has finally returned, and even more delicious looking than ever.

    MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO has tried to make the parfait as breathtaking as possible, and they’ve certainly captured that. It’s vivid like the furisode long-sleeved kimono worn by the maiko of Kyoto, beautiful and dignified.

    Uji Matcha Pudding & Raspberry Parfait | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)

    This towering parfait is made up of many layers, one of which is a homemade Japanese-style pudding made with high quality matcha from Uji, Kyoto. It has a subtly sweet and deep flavour, and is taken to the next level with the matcha sauce it’s served with.

     

    The homemade raspberry jam brings a delightful sweetness too as well as adds that eye-catching aspect they’re going for. As you spoon your way through, your taste buds are treated to an amalgamation of indulging flavours.

    The lid that’s sat on top of the parfait is actually a tuile biscuit. The best way to go about beginning your feast is to break the biscuit and then pour the matcha sauce inside.

    Hidden within the parfait are also pieces of homemade matcha brownies made with lots of top grade matcha.

     

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  • Kyoto Neko Neko x eXcafe Kyoto Arashiyama Collaborate On Breakfast Dishes

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  • World Heritage Site Nijo Castle to Welcome Gorgeous Goldfish Art Exhibition

    10.September.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

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    Exhibition Concept

    Nijo Castle has a rich history. Constructed by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early days of the Edo Bakufu, it is a striking symbol of the Edo Period. It will play as the stage for the exhibition, which will be themed on goldfish—which first arrived in Japan in the Muromachi Period and became a boom during the Edo Period—and carp, which were propagated to Japan in the Edo Period.

     

    Displayed artwork will be inspired by the castle’s Ninomaru Palace and sliding door artwork, the season flowers that bloom in the Ninomaru Palace Gardens and castle grounds, and more. It will be a marriage of both historical art and contemporary art that captures the beauty of Japan.

     

    Lotusrium: Its first exhibit in western Japan

    The design motif based on the lotus, a flower whose name is a seasonal haiku word for summer. Lotus plants require thick, muddy water in order to make the large, beautiful flowers bloom, despite the hardship and difficulty they must overcome to do so. This art piece imbibes a worldview of grace and splendour that interweaves the lotus, a symbol of beautiful and painfully ephemeral things, with the kingyo, an elegant fish that swims beautifully.

     

    Sakurarium: A flower symbolising Nijo Castle

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    Taisei Hokan Kingyo Large Byobu: A large-scale piece capturing Nijo Castle’s history

    The huge fish tank with a length of 5.4 meters and an expansion of 18 screens projected beautiful paintings like splash-ink art through light and shadow. Countless goldfish swim among them, interpreting the changing process of Japanese art history in the scattered lights.

     

    Even more new artworks are scheduled to be displayed. If you’re in Kyoto this autumn, don’t miss Art Aquarium’s first-ever outdoor exhibition.

  • 4 Must-Try Kawaii Parfaits in Kyoto – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    01.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Though autumn is not far off, the summertime heat of Japan has yet to let up, and so what better way to keep cool than treating oneself to a parfait? Here are 5 must-try parfaits that are popular in Kyoto, with photos and descriptions provided by Instagrammar Tiara who posts and reviews desserts around Japan’s Kansai region.

     

    CAFE YAMANEKO / Ryōan-ji, Kyoto

    Orange Parfait

    CAFE YAMANEKO is located along Kinukake-no-michi, a road that connects the Kinkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji, and Ninna-ji temples. Their Orange Parfait is made with a delicious jam that uses all of the orange right down to the peel, and is topped with a Japanese-style pudding, vanilla ice cream, and orange and caramel sauces.

     

    ▼CAFE YAMANEKO
    Address: 39-6 Tōjiin Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto
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    Official Instagaram: https://www.instagram.com/kyoto_cafe_yamaneko/

     

    CAFE attmos. / Shichijo

    Ichijiku Parfait

    CAFE attmos. serves super sweet desserts made with choice seasonal fruits. I ordered the ‘Ichijiku Parfait’ which is made with lots of figs harvested in Kyoto. It was really delicious.

     

    ▼CAFE attmos.
    Address: ELLA490 1F, Shimoumacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafe_attmos/

     

    Chocolat BEL AMER Kyoto Villa / Sanjo Sakaimachi

    Peach & Chocolate Parfait

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    ▼BEL AMER Kyoto Villa
    Address: 66 Sanjodori Sakaimachi Higashi Iru Kitagawa Masuyacho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto
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    Official site:https://www.belamer-kyoto.jp/

     

     

    La Klassique / Demachiyanagi

    Cherry Glass Dessert

    La KLASSIQUE is a cafe close to Shimogamo Shrine. Their “Cherry Glass Dessert” parfait is loaded with ingredients, including cherry sorbet, whipped cream, milk ice cream, fruity red wine sauce, cinnamon crumble, rosehip, blood orange, cherries, meringue, red bean paste, and more. The red wine sauce makes this one for the grown ups to enjoy.

     

    ▼La Klassique
    Address: 13-9 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laklassique/

     

     

    These parfaits are available until the end of August and are limited to 15 servings per day. Visit the cafe’s official Instagram to find out about reservations.

     

    For more recommendations on desserts to try around the Kansai region of Japan, follow Tiara over on Instagram.

     

    Original Japanese Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.

  • THE HIRAMATSU KYOTO Announces Special Exhibition On the Gion Festival’s Floats

    15.August.2020 | SPOT

    THE HIRAMATSU KYOTO, a hotel managed by Hiramatsu, has announced a limited-time exhibit of a miokuri—a decoration that is placed on the back of festival floats at the Gion Matsuri, a traditional festival that has continued every year since 869. The exhibit will be exclusive to guests staying or dining at the hotel.

     

    Muromachi-dori, the main street where Gion Matsuri’s pre-festival is held

    Muromachi-dori is a street facing THE HIRAMATSU KYOTO that connects northern and southern Kyoto. The street has its origins in Heian-kyō, one of the former names for Kyoto. Along one block of the street is where the Muromachi-dono, or Muromachi Palace, was constructed—the palace of the Ashikaga clan where Ashikaga Yoshimitsu resided—and this is where Muromachi-dori gets its name.

     

    The Gion Festival is held every July. The day before the festival begins is known as Yoiyama, and it’s on this day that a monk of the Shōgo-in Monzeki Temple will burn cedar sticks along Muromachi around an Ennogyojayama float.

     

    THE HIRAMATSU KYOTO is now exhibiting a miokuri—a decoration that is placed on the back of festival floats at the Gion Matsuri—in coordination with the Ennogyojacho Yamaboko Association. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the float was unable to be paraded around at this year’s Gion Matsuri, but the hotel’s will enable guests to still enjoy seeing the float off to an extent with the exhibit. It’s a chance for people to still feel the history and culture of the festival, as well as pray for the pandemic to blow over—as the extermination of infectious diseases is something rooted in the Gion Festival.

     

    The Ennogyojayama festival float

    The Ennogyojayama float is one of the many floats paraded towards the end of the Gion Festival, dedicated to the ascetic and mystic En no Gyōja, also known as En no Ozunu. On this float you will spot people dressed up as various historical names including En no Gyōja, Katsuragishin, and Hitokotonushi-no-kami, who play out the story of the miracles enacted by En no Gyōja’s.

     

    Miokuri: A decoration used since the 16th century

    The name of the decorative miokuri in Japanese means “seeing off.” It gets its name as this is the last thing you see of the float as it parades away. The two miokuri used on the Ennogyojayama float represent yin and yang. Both were produced in the 16th century and are registered as cultural properties.

    Shinryu Flag

    This one is made up of two flags with designs of Shinryu, the Japanese form of the dragon Shenlong from Chinese mythology.

    Left: 紅地唐美人 | Right: 金地唐美人図

    Back Left: 紅地唐美人図 | Back Right: 金地唐美人図 | Front: 洛中洛外図屏風

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  • artKYOTO 2020: The Art Fair at Kyoto’s World Heritage Site Nijō Castle

    08.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    artKYOTO 2020 will take place at the World Heritage Site and former imperial villa Nijō Castle from November 6-8.

    This marks the second-ever run of the event, following the success of the first last year. Once again, the grand and breathtaking Nijō Castle serves as the venue for the event where around 30 of Japan’s best galleries, both old and contemporary, come together to exhibit various artworks to the people of Kyoto.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic having affected Japan’s economy as well as impacting society overall due to the many restrictions on movement, artKYOTO 2020 aims to bring back art and culture, as well as help circulate the economy, and contribute towards artists while promoting the value that art has on society.

     

    Art Fair

    Photo from artKYOTO 2019


    Photo from artKYOTO 2019 | Photo by office TKD

    The first artKYOTO event saw 31 galleries come together to promote Japan’s art industry through Kyoto’s history and culture. This year will see a diverse exhibit from old works to contemporary pieces.

     

    artKYOTO 2020 will adopt all of the necessary precautions against COVID-19 while still delivering a a fully-fledged experience for people to enjoy art.

  • Fall Into Autumn With an Enchanting Boat Ride Through Arashiyama in Kyoto

    08.August.2020 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto has announced a special new serving for one group a day that lets them bask in the autumn colours of Arashiyama. The service, entitled “Asa no Momiji Bune” (Morning Autumn Colours Boat), will run from November 20 to December 6 this year.

     

    A cosy autumn morning boat ride all to yourself

    Sail down the tranquil Oi River, which runs right beside HOSHINOYA Kyoto, and bask in the surrounding sights of Arashiyama and Ogurayama as they burn aflame with autumnal colours. Wrapped in reds and yellows in every direction, this morning experience is a rare opportunity witness Japan’s fall season like never before as you gaze at the crisp leaves of the trees and their reflection from the water’s surface.

     

    Sweet wagashi treats just for you

    While on the boat, guests are treated to a cup of matcha and some seasonal Japanese wagashi confections, like hard candies shaped like HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s logo and other colourful sweets made to look like maple leaves, ginkgo leaves, and more. These confections are made exclusively for the boat ride by Kameya Yoshinaga, a Japanese sweets shop that has been around since 1803, while the matcha is provided by Rishouen Chasho, a tea shop in Uji, Kyoto who have picked out specially selected leaves just for HOSHINOYA Kyoto.

     

    The roofed Kingfisher boat

    The boat guests will ride is owned by HOSHINOYA Kyoto and is called “Hisui” (Kingfisher). A switch can change the rooftop colour from white to transparent so you can look up and see the gorgeous blue sky.

     

    If you’re in Japan this autumn, and still need to find a hotel, why not treat yourself to a luxurious morning boat ride at HOSHINOYA Kyoto?

  • Premium Hotel MGallery to Open New Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle This November

    03.August.2020 | SPOT

    MGallery, a collection of over 5,000 luxury boutique hotels in 110 countries worldwide, landed in Japan for the first time last year with the opening of the 5-star KYOTO YURA HOTEL MGallery in Kyoto. Now, the brand has announced the opening of the new “Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle MGallery” (Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo-jo Bettei) which will open on November 28, 2020.

    Situated just a short 1-minute stroll from Njio Castle Station, this small, 25 room hotel, aims to offer luxury at the highest level.

    Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle MGallery was designed by Yukio Hashimoto, who has worked on countless hotels and facilities around the world. The hotel lobby and all guest rooms face a gorgeous Japanese-style garden where guests can enjoy its beautiful sights through all four seasons.

     

    The hotel takes inspiration from Nijo Castle, a structure which has seen both the end of the shogun as well as the start of modern Japan. As you enter the hotel, from the front door through and through the main entrance, guests will find themselves in their own private domain before they reach the breathtaking Japanese garden in front of them. All 25 of the guest rooms are crafted with high quality, sophisticated interiors.

    On the first floor of the hotel, guests will find a restaurant and bar. The restaurant cooks up creative French dishes made delicately with seasonal ingredients while the bar serves up MGallery’s iconic “mixology” cocktails.

    Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle MGallery also offers a range of activities which can’t be experienced anywhere else, including private trips to local shrines and temples that the hotel has connections with.

  • Kyoto Aquarium Begins Special Opening Service For After 3 o’clock

    02.August.2020 | SPOT

    Kyoto Aquarium is now holding a special “off-peak” opening service after 3:00pm where visitors can receive free novelties amongst other things. The service began on July 23 and will run until September 30 this year.

    The service comes as a measure against the spread of COVID-19. Normally, the aquarium can become crowded during the day, and to spread the number of visitors out, they are offering a special service for those visiting after 3:00pm. This means that visitors can enjoy the aquarium at a more relaxed pace and take their time.

    But that’s not all. On days when the aquarium closes at 6:00pm, visitors will receive a free original Kyoto Aquarium seal made to promote the new jellyfish exhibition area which opened on July 16, 2020. And on days when it closes at 8:00pm, visitors will not only receive a free folder, but can get a serving of the aquarium’s mini soft serve ice cream at three times the amount as usual, or  a free mini drink.

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