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Kyoto Machiya Fukune: What to Expect When Staying at the Acclaimed 100-Year Old, Traditional Kyoto Townhouse (Experience Report)

Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace Unique Hotels

Kyoto is known for its rows of iconic traditional wooden townhouses, called “Kyo-machiya,” weaving together the same scenery residents would have enjoyed hundreds of years ago. While many are unfortunately demolished, some are renovated into new businesses, imbuing them with fresh life. One of these is Kyoto Machiya Fukune, a townhouse serving as private bookable accommodation, allowing visitors to experience the day-to-day life of locals. We stayed at Kyoto Machiya Fukune to bring you a first-hand account of what a night in ancient Kyoto feels like!

The 60-Meter TOWER SLIDER - A Thrilling New Attraction in Tsutenkaku, Osaka

Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi Landmarks

The Tsutenkaku observation tower is the symbol of Osaka's iconic Shinsekai district. Right next door is the coiled snake-like TOWER SLIDER, which just opened in May 2022. The 60-meter slide runs from 22 meters above ground into a basement, and takes just 10 seconds to descend! We visited the TOWER SLIDER to discover just how thrilling it really is!

Cool Down in the Hot Summer! 10 Refreshing Places to Visit in Kyoto in Summer

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Shrines

Kyoto is a popular tourist destination both domestically and internationally. Situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, summers are hot and humid, and on many days the temperature exceeds 30°C. However, Kyoto also has cool summer destinations, including mountains, the seaside, and rivers. In addition to beautiful natural scenery, there are plentiful experiences and activities to get a feel for the city’s summer atmosphere. Here are 10 cool spots in Kyoto where you can beat the heat, from famous sites like Shimogamo Shrine, Tadasu-no-Mori, Kibune, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest to less frequented areas away from the city.

Kyoto Momiji: 5 Stunning Places to See Fall Colors in Kyoto

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Parks

Autumn in Kyoto is a beautiful, vibrantly colored season thanks to the many hues of autumn foliage. Momiji is the word for the Japanese maple leaves colored red in the fall, and are a symbol for Japanese autumn. Kyoto momiji, in particular, are well known for their spectacular show, and crowds of people head to the city's many temples and shrines to catch the scenery at its best. Here we will introduce some of the best areas in Kyoto to catch the momiji, from the mainstream spots to lesser-known hidden gems.

Visiting Kyoto Japan: 9 Essentials to Know Before Traveling to Japan's Cultural Capital

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Other Sightseeing

Kyoto is one of the definitive must-visit destinations for international travelers to Japan. From ancient, historic temples, mouthwatering Kyoto cuisine, elegant accommodations, and more, Kyoto bursts with attractions offering a virtually limitless supply of sightseeing. Here we’ll dive into the best of Kyoto, giving you everything you need for the ultimate Kyoto itinerary! Top image: PIXTA

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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