If you're short on time, sightseeing in Uji can be limited to about half a day, as it is only about a thirty-minute train ride from Kyoto Station and central Kyoto. A sample itinerary could include Byodo-in temple, matcha soft-serve, a walk along the Uji River, and an experiencing of a tea ceremony at Taiho-an.
Catch the Kimono Fashion show at Nishijin Textile Center, open from 10am to 6pm in northwest Kyoto.
Centering around an impressive array of almost a hundred lanterns, this is a festival worth a trek to attend. If traditional Japanese entertainment isn't your thing, try your hand at festival games or eat some street food.
Ikebana, or Kado, is a Japanese style of flower arrangement that focuses not solely on the flower but also on the beauty of a plant's leaves and stem to create a unique display. Though it takes years of practice and studying to truly hone the craft, a class in a Kawagoe community center gives locals and foreigners the opportunity to learn the "way of flowers."
The head temple of the Buddhist Tendai Sect, Kitain Temple has origins dating back to 830 A.D. Aside from the temple itself, the grounds are known for remnants of Edo Castle before the 1923 Earthquake as well as 540 inidivudally made Rakan statues.
In collaboration with DMM Planets, TeamLab has come up with another amazing art installation for Fuji TV’s summer festival. Visitors can experience an otherworldly and interactive art form; Incorporating lights, music, and digital art to enhance the senses in the several exhibitions featured in this year's ‘A World of Wonders.’
Nestled out in the countryside of Niigata prefecture, Echigo Tsumari does not seem to be frequented by foreign travelers in the Tohoku region. A self-proclaimed art field, the space literally unites art with nature. Some pieces are even planted in rice paddies, and workers plant and collect the grain alongside these works of art.
In the southern outskirts of Kyoto lies the beautiful city of Uji. Uji is famous for its matcha green tea, and Uji City's Taiho-an Teahouse is a living proof of how important it is to the city. Taiho-an is a tea house dedicated to sharing and spreading knowledge about matcha and tea ceremony. Located right beside the Uji City Tourist Center, it is about a twenty-minute walk away from JR Uji Station and about a ten-minute walk away from Byodo-in Temple