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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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Best Times to See Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

See Kyoto’s famous cherry blossoms at their best! Cherry blossom season is coming up, and Kyoto is full of spectacular locations to see them. See peak bloom times from last year to discover when to head out this year!

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The World of Japanese Painting with Ayuko Sadaie

What makes Japanese paintings unique? Find out with painter Ayuko Sadaie, the face of the 2019 “Winter Kyoto Travels Campaign.”

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The Kyoto Traditional Craft Morning Tour

Learn about some of Kyoto’s traditional crafts on a guided tour that will give you a deeper understanding of the streets of Kyoto, and take you into the workshops of the craftsmen themselves.

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The Kyoto Neighborhood Exploration Tour

Get to know the Kyoto of the people who live here, with a guided tour of a Kyoto neighborhood. Learn about local traditions, and enjoy Japanese everyday life.

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Letters from
Hidden Kyoto

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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