The History Behind the Festival of Ages
One of Kyoto's top three festivals, the Jidai Matsuri, is known for including famous figures from Japanese history... but just what makes them so famous?
The Stories Behind the Statues
Some of Kyoto’s residents aren’t really much for conversation, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t got a story to tell. How about we introduce you to a few of them?
Kyoto's Cutest Omikuji Fortunes
Omikuji fortune slips have found their newest incarnation in "okimono omikuji", fortunes placed in adorable ceramic and wooden figurines. Check out some of Kyoto's cutest foxes, birds, rabbits, and more!
Kyoto Vegetarian and Vegan Food
Visitors might be surprised to find that in Kyoto there are quite a few cafés and restaurants that serve vegan and/or vegetarian food.
Start your day off right with a healthy and delicious breakfast during your stay in Kyoto! Discover Kyoto staff recommends five restaurants that serve a variety of breakfast styles here in the old capital.
Coffee-lovers will find themselves in paradise during their visit to Kyoto, where people consume more coffee than anywhere else in Japan. Discover Kyoto staff recommends five coffee shops that locals just love!
Morimoto Decorative Metal Workshop
Learn more about the process and heart that goes into the creation of decorative metalwork used in Kyoto's most sacred places with the traditional craftsmen of the Morimoto Decorative Metal Workshop.
Goshuinchō: Book of Memories
Learn how to collect goshuin, red seals possessed by shrines and temples in Japan that serve as proof of your pilgrimage.
Being a Maiko
Meet Fukunae, a maiko in the Miyagawa-chō district, and find out first hand just what a day in the life of a geisha apprentice is really like, from daily training and dressing to lavish evening performances.
Located right in the heart of Kyoto, Nishiki Market is a must-see for anyone who enjoys sampling local foods! Stop by "Kyoto's Kitchen" and look for some of our favorite treats, from shichimi ice cream to octopus on a stick!
Kyoto’s Curious Charms
Many shrines and temples offer the basic omamori charm amulets to bring you good luck, health, or safety, but some places in Kyoto offer quite the specific and interesting charms. Take a look at five of our picks!