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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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Young Stewards of Kyoto’s Ryokan: Noriko Mabuchi

Take a look at Kyoto through the eyes of Noriko Mabuchi, the young keeper of Nenrinbo Ryokan, a traditional Kyoto inn and artist’s getaway in nature.

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Young Stewards of Kyoto’s Ryokan: Masayo Ono

Kyoto’s ryokans offer age-old Kyoto hospitality even as they adapt to new needs, just like Kyoto itself. Take a look at Kyoto through the eyes of Masayo Ono, the young keeper of Watazen Ryokan.

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6 Hidden Spots to Visit in the Saga Arashiyama Area

There’s much more to Arashiyama than the Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park. Come discover its hidden spots!

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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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