“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.
During the event, archers on horseback ride through the forest and shoot at targets. It is said that, if the arrows meet their marks, there will be an abundant harvest of crops that year and wishes will be granted.
Aoi Matsuri is an annual festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The official name of the festival is Kamo no Matsuri (Kamo Festival).Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, and it is known for having old-fashioned sense of refined grace. Out of modern-day Japanese festivals, Aoi Matsuri is one of the few festivals remaining that truly preserves old dynastic traditions.
Today, I'd like to introduce Hostel Wasabi Kyoto Soba, a traditional old house in Kyoto that has been converted into a hostel.
This inn is located in a residential area about 30 minutes by bus from Kyoto Station. The nearest train station, Kitano-Hakubaicho Station, is an 11-minute bus ride away. However, it is in close proximity to a number of tourist attractions, such as Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Seimei Shrine, making this location surprisingly convenient! There is also bus access heading for Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion) and Arashiyama.
The Music Box Museum is a specialty shop of music boxes in Otaru， Hokkaido.
There are many kinds of music boxes made of grass, wood or other material.
And their gentle sounds will captivate you when you step into the shop.
In addition, there are a lot of other items to decorate music boxes to charm visitors, such as beautiful ornaments and dolls that move to the melody of music.
Kyoto – A New Way to Eat Warabi Mochi: Frozen “Kushi Warabi”! Arare Shop “Kyo-Nishijin Kasho Souzen”Read Later
Kyoto’s “Kyo-Nishijin Kasho Souzen” is a shop famous for rice cake treats called “arare.”
Its most recent popular product is “kushi warabi,” warabi mochi (bracken-starch mochi) on a skewer.
These warabi mochi are sold frozen, so as time passes you can enjoy the way its texture changes from crunchy sherbert-like treat to chewy mochi.
Located in Kawaramachi, Kyoto you’ll find Len, a trendy little hostel with its own built-in café and bar. The first floor’s lounge area, where the café and bar are located, welcomes not only guests, but locals and travelers alike. The atmosphere is laid back and encourages people to come together and have a good time. Its location is convenient for sightseeing around Kyoto as well, with the downtown area and Kamogawa just a stone's throw away.
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“Guest House Waraku-an” is built in a renovated 100-year-old house in Kyoto.
Guests can stay for a reasonable price and enjoy a pure Japanese atmosphere.
Muko City in Kyoto is famous for its spicy foods. Kirinen, which took 1st place in the Muko City-originated “KARA-1 Grand Prix (Competition for Japan’s Spiciest Food),” is a restaurant known for being the Holy Land for those who like spicy food.