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Tokyo Game Show 2018 is held once a year and is one of the best opportunities to get to know the latest games that are coming out, the new projects that different Japanese companies are working on and to experience some of Japanese traditions. Held at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba, Japan this is a great event to let your inner geek out.
If you have just landed on Japan, or are traveling from another city or prefecture towards Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa, you will certainly be stopping at Kyoto Station.
When going to Japan’s ancient capital, you have to do a one day tour of one of the best preserved districts in Kyoto Higashiyama. Considering the district alone has around 1600 temples, combine that number with the Shinto shrines all around the city and you have over 2000 different places to visit! Of course these are not the only Kyoto attractions to see when in the old capital. There are a great number of parks and natural spots, historical streets, an incredible variety of restaurants, souvenir shops and experiences (whether it be an owl café, or having a virtual reality samurai sword fighting battle in an old “machiya” townhouse). Each […]
When coming to Kyoto, staying at a traditional “machiya” house can certainly enhances the experience of being in Japan’s old capital, it gives guests the chance to experience what actually living in Kyoto is like. As beautiful and private this properties can be, one aspect might make some people think twice. That is, most properties do not offer daily assistance like a hotel concierge might do, and particularly for those coming to Kyoto for the first time, that can be quite an issue. At Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa we decided to fix on this problem and use the entrance area (traditionally used as the shop and commerce area for the […]
With all the festivals happening all year round throughout Japan, one of the biggest festivals and most renown is without a doubt the Gion Matsuri (or Gion Festival) in Kyoto, with a history dating back 1000 years.
Japan certainly has many tourist attractions and a wide variety of beautiful places to visit, but one particular aspect that brings many travelers to this country is its food. Japanese food is quite well known all around the world, and you may find ramen and sushi shops in your own country. Nonetheless, being in the country that has developed such tasty dishes gives travelers easy access to, not only a great variety of restaurants, but also their ingredients as well. Have you ever thought of making your own “soba” noodles? Or maybe using some fresh tuna for a nice “nigiri sushi” with locally grown wasabi just grated? Having access to […]
One of the many marvels people enjoy when coming to Kyoto is the possibility to buy some really unique original goods. Most people traveling to Kyoto have heard of the flea markets available on certain days of the month, the most popular being the one held on the 21st of each month at Toji Temple near Kyoto Station. Nonetheless, right near Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa is the Kitanotenmangu Shrine, which has its own flea market held each month on the 25th called “Tenjin-san”. Not only locals, but travelers from all over the world come to find some local treasure and also enjoy the great variety of food offered by the […]
One of the many particular characteristics of a “machiya” house is undoubtedly the visibility of its wooden structure. It can not be easily overseen nor missed. A beautiful aspect that shows us the presence of the house and how it has lasted throughout the years. Mostly appreciated in the kitchen area, which originally was placed outside of the house, the large roof here was designed to lead heat and smoke away. Thus, some houses like our traditional house in Kyoto, offer an amazing opportunity to see how this section has evolved into a windowed roof with lots of natural light pouring through the house’s wooden skeleton. An important aspect of […]
In a culture with centuries of continuing traditions, the simplest things may carry a purpose and meaning that the modern individual might not grasp at first. On this occasion we look into the use of the stone path present on most (if not all) Japanese gardens. The initial use of laying down a path of stones was carried out by Sen no Rikyu (千利休), the apparent founder of the tea ceremony, while watching one of the shogun’s wooden clogs get ruined by the mud present on the way to the ceremonial room. He then realized that such stones enhanced the beauty of the environment and thus became widely used. The […]
Moss is one of the many characteristics of a Japanese garden. You may have seen the large amount it may cover at some temples, as the famous Saiho-ji Temple (popularly known as “Kokedera” or Moss Temple). It’s no wonder why it grows at our garden at Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa. The most amazing feature of moss is that it is able to grow on any surface, provided that the humidity in the air is correct. It actually prefers surfaces low in nutrients, since an excess of it may damage the plant. Due to this, there is no need for soil for it to grow abundantly, just a constant humidity of around […]