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Kyoto is full of cultural, artistic, and nature related events throughout the year. Please enjoy the various events and seasons of Kyoto.

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Head to Kyoto for an Artsy Early Autumn

This fall, Kyoto will be overflowing with exciting art exhibitions. With exhibitions of artworks that include designated National Treasures, and those with fascinating themes, you’ll have many opportunities to come into contact with Kyoto’s rich artistic traditions.

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The Bamboo Forest of Nishikyo-ku

Early summertime in Kyoto is when the locals like to stretch their legs, go on hikes, and enjoy a picnic on the outskirts of the city. Another way of getting close to nature as the weather becomes gradually warmer is "forest bathing" in the verdant bamboo groves of Nishikyo-ku.

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Fushimi: A Town Just Waiting for You to Stroll Through It with Someone

Take a detour from the tourist-jammed streets of the city, and come experience the leisurely-paced lifestyle of Fushimi locals. For starters, here's a half-day stroll that will take you to another side of Kyoto. The only question remains: who will you walk it with?

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Young Stewards of Kyoto’s Ryokan: Momoka Matsui

Staying at a traditional ryokan inn is an amazing experience, and there’s no better place to spend the night in one than in the historic city of Kyoto! Take a look at Kyoto through the eyes of Momoka Matsui, the young keeper of a ryokan.

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Whether it's your first time here or your hundredth, you'll find that Kyoto is full of little-known locales. I'm an American expat living in Kyoto. Come explore the city with me!

Experiencing a Stay in a Kyoto Ryokan at Motonago

Have you ever stayed in one of Kyoto's traditional inns? The whole ryokan experience can be a little bit daunting if it’s your first time. The staff at centrally-located Motonago, however, are experienced with making first-timers feel at home.

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Kyoto Dyeing Techniques Reinterpreted for Today at Pagong

The Kamedas once produced exquisite bolts of fabric for Kyoto’s kimono makers. Today, with their unique company Pagong, they have reworked their traditional kata-yuzen dyeing techniques to fashion aloha shirts and other modern styles.

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Rakusai: A Pilgrimage to the Green of Western Kyoto

The Rakusai area lies to the west of Kyoto’s downtown area, where I visited the mountainside overlooking the city center. Yoshimine-dera Temple is hidden here in the mist, a beautiful treat to visit in any season.

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