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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
Geisha (or Geiko in Japanese) are professional entertainers who attend guests during meals, banquets and other occasions. For 10 yen, we sat in the first row to see make-up and hear a brief singing performance. (This is free if you sit behind the first row.) Afterwards, we went behind a partition to ask additional questions and optionally have our photos...
We visited during the hottest summer on record and apart from the fact that the heat made standing in the sun unbearable, this place was definitely worth the trip. Like a number of shrines and palaces in Japan, this place is free to visit and the gardens are gorgeous. Probably best to visit when cooler to really appreciate the gardens.
I first learn about Kamogawa river from a korean variety show. This is a nice place to stroll around and relax while watching the world goes by. Favourite place for locals to hang out. There are a lot of restaurants and pubs nearby. Very calm and peaceful.
I randomly found out about this place as I was visiting the Budo Center, and I’m so glad I did!!
The food was amazing, and it came with soup and drink (lunch menu) with a reasonable price!
If you’re in Kyoto, it’s a must visit! Very close to Heian ji shrine too.
We recently had lunch at Premium Pound...two days in a row! The dry-aged Kobe beef is the real deal, and absolutely amazing! These were the 2 best meals we've ever had, anywhere! Chef Shogo and our hostess Aoi, were friendly, accommodating, and a big part of the reason why we returned the next day. If you have never had the...
"One of the best Sushi one can ever try. And amazing stuff."
reviewed 5 days ago by Victor C
Super fresh ingredientes, nice variety, multiple homemade creations, and really friendly staff. This family business absolutely knows how to send you back home with a taste you will never forget. Everything was simply amazing. The son can speak good english and can recommend some specialties. One could eat there every single day. What's more, price is very affordable for the...
"Upscale environment with a very relaxed feel and amazing food"
reviewed 6 days ago by KinoLux
We got the chef's recommendation of five types of beef, plus an extra order of tenderloin, a side of garlic rice, and the Korean salad. All were excellent. There was nothing particularly "Korean" about the salad but it was a perfect size for two and had a good selection of vegetables with a light dressing. The garlic rice was served...
I wish we would have had more time in this lovely hotel. We checked in quite late after getting off at the wrong subway stop from Kyoto Station (directions provided by the hotel were clear but I thought it would be faster to get off at an earlier stop and make my way through the streets - not being familiar...
This is very different from staying in a Western hotel, so we were glad we stayed for one night as an experience.
The service is top notch, albeit not for you if you don’t like being interrupted regularly with tea and snacks being delivered to your room. Its quite full on, which can make it a bit tricky to relax....
I don’t have a lot of comparisons, but really enjoyed the stay. Everything was very clean and quiet. Rooms are minimalist but reasonably spacious. Wifi is good, there is good AC/heat, and private toilet with shower.
The onsen (one for men, one for women) was nice to warm up after a chilly evening.
The location is good for transit. We...
"Excellent hotel, excellent staff! Unforgettable experience in Kyoto"
reviewed yesterday by SilvanaV166
Great staff, situated excellent to visit Kyoto.The public bath is very clean and beautifulThere is a tea ceremony every morning and it is very nice.Great breakfastVery recommended to stay and visit Kyoto.
3 blocks from the feverish shopping district and right at the corner of the Imperial Palace gardens, Noku is an elegant blend of art and comfort. The neighborhood itself is worth a whole day of meandering exploration, with traditional shops and understated modern architecture. The hotel is tastefully adorned, deliciously caffeinated and generously spaced. Love it!