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- Delve into Arashiyama: Tenryuji temple and gardens, Bamboo Forest, and Okochi Sanso Village
- Amble along the Philsopher's Path with visits to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Eikando, and Nanzenji
- Discover Fushimi Inari Shrine and Tofukuji temple along with a sake factory
- Discover the Shinto gods, teahouses and tea with a visit to Imamiya Shrine and Daitoku-ji, before ending up at an important Kyoto teahouse.
Still looking for some inspiration? Check out our blog post for ideas: Kyoto in Pictures
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- Which sites and venues would you like to prioritize? Do you want to just pass by or explore inside as well?
- Do you have any mobility concerns?
- Who are you traveling with? What are their ages and interests?
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Alejandro is an architect specialized in architectural history and heritage conservation, with work experience in Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Since he started living in Japan in 2010, he has been researching the Japanese philosophy for the conservation of wooden monuments. He completed his PhD at the University of Tokyo in 2017. His main interests are traditional Japanese architecture and design, Japanese history, and urban history. Many little known treasures lay hidden in the centuries old city of Kyoto. He enjoys helping others discover them during their visit to the ancient capital.
John was born in 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. At Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) he majored in English and German literatures, graduating in 1974. An offer to teach English for Panasonic brought him to Kansai, where he settled in Kyoto in 1977. Soon after arriving, he started studying Japanese at the Kyoto Nihongo Gakko, and, in 1979, he took up Nihon Buyo (classical Japanese dance) under the tutelage of WAKAYAGI Kimiha. (Kimiha-sensei died in 2015, and in 2019, John resumed his dance study with WAKAYAGI Shuho.) In addition to dancing, writing and editing have also kept him busy. For three years he served as editor of the “Kyoto Visitor’s Guide”. As a freelance writer, he has contributed articles to The Japan Times, Asahi Evening News, and the Japan National Tourist Organization’s website. He also authored the Kyoto chapter of EYEWITNESS: JAPAN (Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley publisher, 2000). Interests include sumie, Kyoto food culture, the Thai language, and travel (especially to Southeast Asia). Although happily mired in the Kyoto milieu, he is grateful that Osaka is only a 45-minute train ride away.
Marcin is a Ph.D. Candidate at Kyoto University, studying Folk culture in contemporary Japan. Marcin's Ph.D. studies are a continuation of his Master's thesis, which he also completed in Kyoto. His studies focus on the depictions of Japanese Otherworld and Buddhist Hell, but also usage of these traditional motifs in present-day Japan's culture and tourism. Marcin also has a Master's degree in Japanese studies from Warsaw University, Poland. There he specialized in Japanese folklore, ancient culture, religion and history. He published the book "Kaidan - Strange Tales of Edo period" (2011) in which he introduces Japanese ghosts, demons and goblins in 17th- &18th-century Japan. He also co-wrote "The Culture of Heian Imperial Court" (2008) about Japanese culture in the 9th and 10th Centuries. Marcin has a wide knowledge of Japan, starting from its history, folklore and religion, through its politics and post-war society, but also has an interest in its more recent pop culture and media. In his spare time, he enjoys walking through Kyoto’s streets rediscovering its secrets. He also enjoys riding his Kawasaki motorcycle, seeking more remote and hidden places. Marcin has lived in Kyoto for 10 years.
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