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Where to go for a Tea Ceremony?

From the old merchants house from the Nineteenth Century, to an experience linking tea with Samurai and Geisha, here is a selection of some unique places for a Tea Ceremony, a quintessential Kyoto experience.

The Kimono Forest Of Arashiyama

Kimono Forest is a collection of gorgeous cylinder-shaped pillars which lined the lane way to Randen tram station on Kyoto’s Keifuku Arashiyama line, has been installed as part of the renovation in 2013. It is called a "forest" since the pillars are clustered like a forest and the kimono is displayed on each of the pillars. The Kimono Forest consists of pieces of textile displays dyed in the traditional Kyo-yuzen style. Each of the 2 meter high pillars are covered with acrylic fiber. There are about 600 of them all installed all over the station grounds. The Kyo-yuzen textile used for this exhibition was created by Kamedatomi, a long standing textile factory whose history dates back to Taisho period. These days they also produce aloha shirts with bright kimono inspired patterns.

Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations

The Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto starts in late March, and from March 29 to April 14 you can experience its fleeting beauty in many of Kyoto’s parks, temple and castle gardens. Called hanami in Japanese, locals and tourists alike take this time to celebrate spring with a picnic underneath a full bloom of cherry trees. Whether you are eating, drinking, dancing or relaxing, look up and see a sea of flowers above you. At night, many places are lit up, with the blossoms taking on a magical glow. Here are Kyoto’s magnificent seven after dark.

Kiyomizu Temple and Otowa Waterfall

Kiyomizudera, also known as the Pure Water Temple is one of more famous temples in Japan. This temple is located up in a hill in the east of Kyoto. One of the things that stands out is the wooden stage in the main hall that is 13 meters above the hill. During the spring period, this will give you an amazing view of the cherry blossom. From the wooden stage, you will also able to see Kyoto city in the distance. Kiyomizudera is also inside the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

Yabusame Shinji

Every year in early May. witness the Yabusame Shinji at Shimogamo shrine, where Japanese mounted archers fire arrows at enemy targets.

Ohara Village

Retrace the steps of a forgotten princess in this sublime mountainside village just 40 mins north of Kyoto

Cupid of Japan: Kyoto Jishu Shrine

Located behind the renowned Kiyomizu-dera (a Buddhist temple that is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site), Jishu Shrine is revered as “the Cupid of Japan”. Within its compound, Jishu Shrine houses various gods that one may worship for different “requests”.