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True Beauty Reveals at Night! 4 Easy-To-Access Night Views in Kyoto


Things To Do In Kyoto At Night…?

Kyoto is very famous for temples and shrines, beautiful, historical city that everyone should go… BUT… what do you do after all the temples and shrines are closed???



You are missing the real charm in Kyoto, Night Views! Even Night Views in Kyoto are very beautiful and different from other cities.

However, for most of the night views, it is not easy to access without a car… So this time I will showcase you the easy-to-access ones ; just for you! Here are the 4 easy-to-access night view spot. 

1.  Kyoto Station Building / SKY WAY

Kyoto Station is beautiful at night as well, while night view of the city from Kyoto Station Building is indeed an heart-warming experience . There is a place called SKY WAY in the Kyoto Station Building, which you can walk through relish the night view of Kyoto City. As many of you might already know, Kyoto Station is located in front of Kyoto Tower, which makes the Kyoto Tower look fabulous from the SKY WAY. The SKY WAY is located at 10th floor of the building. The good thing is, its entree free ! You should really check this out.


(looking up from Kyoto station, there is the sky way right there connecting two buildings)

Location: 10th floor of Kyoto Station Building

Hours: 10am~10pm

Admission Fee: Free


2. Kodaiji Parking Lot

This is where you can go after you enjoy temples around the area. The place is located in front of the Kodai-ji Temple. It is not well known place to for night visit but you will be able to see Kyoto Tower and Yasaka shrines Pagoda (5-storied pagoda of Hogan-ji temple). Yes, it is also free fo cost  for people without cars (parking costs money) but its still a parking lot, so just be careful with cars.


(Stunning view of Kyoto city, Yasaka Pagoda and little bit of Kyoto tower from Kodai-ji Temple, imagine if its at night…!)

Location: In front of Kodai-ji Temple

Access to Kodai-ji Temple: From Kyoto Station,
Kyoto city bus 206 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk towards east for approx. 5 min.

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station,

Kyoto city bus 207 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk towards east for approx. 5 min.

Admission Fee: Free for the parking lot / 600 JPY (adults) for the Kodai-ji temple (Hours: 9am ~ 5pm)


3.  Funaokayama Park

It is  located in North of the Kyoto city, near Kitaoji. This is a little mountain called Funaokayama, which you can hike up easily. And if you go up the mountain for about 5-10 minutes, there is a park and from the park you can see the view of Kyoto City. Its very quiet and dark at night but the view is very pretty you do not want to miss it! Even when the time of Gozan no Okuribi, the great bonfire event at 5 mountains in Kyoto during mid-August, you will be able to see the bonfire from the park! And yes, of course it is free entree!

Access: From Kyoto Station,

Kyoto City Bus 205 or 206 → Get off at Funaokayama

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station,

Kyoto City Bus 12 → Get off at Funaokayama

From Subway Kitaoji Station / Kitaoji Bus Terminal,

Kyoto City Bus 1, 204, 205 or 206 → Get off at Funaokayama

Admission Fee: Free


4.  Ryozen Gokoku shirine

This place is only for the time of special night visits. However, the night view from the observation deck is just gorgeous. You can see the city of Kyoto including temples, Yasaka shrines Pagoda and Kyoto Tower. The special night visits are held 4 times (spring, summer, fall and winter) in a year.


ryozengokoku shrine

(A view of Kyoto city from Ryozen Gokoku Shrine)

Access: From Kyoto Station,

Kyoto City Bus 206 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui, walk for approx. 10 minutes.

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station,

Kyoto city bus 207 → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk towards east for approx. 5 min.

Hours: 9am ~ 5pm

Admission Fee: 300 JPY for Adults / 200 JPY for Primary and Junior High school students.



Just imagine how all of those turns at night and you should definitely include them in your Kyoto trip bucket list!!



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Thomas Alva Edison and Kyoto? How are they related?


Thomas Alva Edison and Kyoto?

Everyone have heard of the name, Thomas Alva Edison, the famous american inventor in 20th century who influenced the world a lot. And, everyone have heard of the name, Kyoto Japan, the prefecture with full of historical buildings and traditional arts and food. The  inventor from Ohio U.S. , Thomas Alva Edison and the Japanese prefecture, Kyoto? How are they related?

There are  hints hidden in his invention and one city in Kyoto. Let me explain you how are they related together.



Yawata-city in Kyoto

One hint is in Yawata city is located in west part of Kyoto, sharing the boarder with Osaka prefecture, and is very famous for Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine, which are 3 shrines in Japan including Ise Jingu Shrine and Kamo Shrine. At the foot of Otokoyama mountain, which Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine is located at the top of it, there is a small shopping district called “Edison Street”. There is also an bronze status of him at the “Edison Street”. They got monument of Edison as well at the Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine!They got monument of Edison as well at the Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine!

Sounds like Yawata-city got something related to Thomas Edison…hummm…



Thomas Edison’s invention

He developed many things including photographs and motion picture camera that has influenced the life around the world a lot.  From those developments are inventions he has done in 20th century, the long-lasting electric light bulb is the most famous that had lighten up the world and shifted people’s life.  To make the light bulb as long-lasting one, Edison and his colleagues knew they need an improvement in filaments, and they struggled, tried thousands of materials  to find the best one.



Okay, so…

can you guess what the best material was for Edison’s long-lasting light bulb?

It was the bamboo from Otokoyama mountain in Yawata-city!



Do you see the connection? There is also a beautiful cherry blossom forests by the river lying 10 minutes walk from “Edison street”, which is located in front of Keihan Yawata-shi station. It is the perfect season to visit!

Write it up as one of the bucket list of your travel in Kyoto! It’s very worth visiting there!


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The Proper Way to Drink Miso Soup That Japanese Do Not Even Know



 What is the food that makes you feel like home?

For Japanese miso soup is one of them, the savory taste of miso paste mixed with the Japanese traditional soup stock dashi comforts and warms you up. Miso soup is ever-popular Japanese food that comes with Japanese meal at restaurant or even at home. Miso soup is very close to the life of Japanese people but many of them do not know or care the proper way to drink it beautifully. Today I will introduce you the proper steps to have miso soup and Suimono, which is Japanese-styled clear soup. Here’s 6 steps to eat properly.

Miso soup


1. Opening the soup bowl: taking the lid off

Japanese soups often come with a bowl with lid on. When you taking the lid off of your bowl of soup, hold your bowl lightly with your left hand use right hand to open it. Make sure to drop the water drops on the lid. Hold the lid up with both hands, hold your side of the lid and put the lid down at the right side of your bowl if your bowl is placed at the right side of your dishes with your right hand. The bowl is usually placed at right side but if it  is placed at left side you put the lid left side of your bowl.



2. Holding the bowl

First you need to pick up the bowl with both hands. Hold the side of your bowl with your left hand. Hold side (slightly toward bottom) of your bowl with left hand with 4 fingers closed, and attach your left hand thumb on edge of your bowl softly. Attach right hand if you are not having chopsticks.



3. Having the soup with chopstick

You use chopstick to eat ingredients inside the soup such as tofu (miso soup with tofu in it is very common!). You pick up chopsticks after you hold up the bowl. When you pick up chopsticks, pick up the chopsticks with your right hand, put the chopsticks in between your second (middle) finger and first (index) finger of your left hand, and change the grip into the way to hold your chopstick as when you are eating.



4. Drinking your soup

When you are drinking your soup without chopsticks, you hold your bowl with left hand attaching the bottom of your bowl as explained in 2, attach the right hand softly, and you directly drink soup from your bowl.

When you are drinking with chopsticks keep the chopsticks inside the bowl and drink the soup. It is bad to have chopsticks pointing at someone eating in front of you. In Japan, it considered to be good to slurp your soup but for miso soup you cannot slurp it. For clear soup you can.



5. Finishing

After you finish drinking the soup, you need to first put down your chopsticks. How to put down chopsticks is just like reversing what you did to pick up chopsticks explained at step 3. Put your chopsticks between second and first fingers, change your grip of chopsticks as you put down, and put down your bowl with both hands.


6. Do not forget to put the lid on to close it too!

This is where most Japanese do not know and failed to do. When you finish your soup and putting down the chopsticks and bowl, you pick up and flip the lid with both hands, and put the lid on as it was served with right hand.


Let’s practice the steps, eat like a real Japanese!

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Enjoy the Sourness Kyoto Craft Beer and the Sake Museum!




It‘s a Kölsch type beer brewed in Kyoto machiya. The beer was brewed without heat treatment process so that it smell fresh and sweet. The taste has a good balance with the fragrance and its sourness. Keep refrigerated. <materials> Malt and hops
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【 Horino Memorial Museum 】

The museum is about the history of Machiya and Sake brewing and the building itself has long history. It’s worth to visit!

172, Kameya-cho Nakagyo Kyoto Japan 604-0811

TEL: 075-223-2072

● Open times: Museum (11am to 5pm)

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Picture: Inside of the shops

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Day and time: From Sep. 18th to Nov. 16th  17:00-19:00 (18:30 L.O.)

Place: Horino Memorial Museum

Price: 2000 JPY

About: Taste 4 types of Kyoto microbrewed sake (flavorful, light, rich, and robust) in 4 cups in different shapes made by a Kyoto potter with 4 dishes of obanzai (kyoto style tapas)


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A New Fruity India Pale Ale, “Kyoto Hannari IPA”


IPA, India Pale Ale has high alcohol percentage, very strong taste of hops and slightly bitter taste compared to other beers.

That is why some people IPA and some people don’t. however this Kyoto Hannari IPA isn’t bitter at all and has fruity taste; also, loved by people in Kyoto as a alcohol drunk during the meal.



It’s so nice to have Kyoto Hannari IPA outside.

I went to Imperial Palace at day time.

Cool weather makes it more tasty!



Do you wanna have Kyoto Hannari IPA?



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Anime Figure Exhibition, “Kaiyoudou Jiorama Museum” at Kyoto station!


Hello everyone.

I’m Koake, a member of TRAVEL PAD staff.

Today, I went to see the event that is held on the 2nd floor of Kyoto station. It’s called the “Kaiyoudou Jiorama museum”.

Here, you can see many kinds of figure displays. It will be displayed until the 31st of August.
The main event called the “Figure World” is on the 7th floor of isetan.
You will need to pay for the “Figure World”. The fees are:

Adults 800yen
High school/ University students 600yen
Primary/ Junior high students 400yen

The event that is held on the 2nd floor of Kyoto station has some of its displays and it is free!
This is the entrance of the museum.



People of all ages can enjoy the event!
This is the figure of famous Japanese manga “Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro”.



This figure is called the full-metal alchemist. This is also famous Japanese manga.



I’m sure you would use Kyoto station if you come to travel Kyoto, so don’t miss out this opportunity if you’re interested in figures!

Enjoy your stay in Kyoto with TRAVEL PAD!

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