Strolling in Higashiyama alley in the rain


on Kyoto


View of Higashiyama area overlooking Yasaka Pagoda, a five-story pagoda which is the most visible and famous landmark here. If you are lucky, you can go up this pagoda (it is open irregularly to public) although chances are that they are closed on rainy days, partly because the stairs can get very slippery when wet.

Has been raining so hard here in Kyoto for several days. Annoying? Well yes for the city dwellers but truly a welcome rain for the farmers…I only wish that the rain cloud wouldn’t overdo its work:(


Ninenzaka,located at the foot of Higashiyama mountain, retains the traditional landscape of Kyoto. Very quaint and picturesque alley. It’s so true that the charm of Japanese traditional houses increases when raining:) When visiting Kiyomizu temple it is a great option to enjoy a stroll on this alley with Sannennzaka, right up to Kodaiji temple.


Main approach of Kodaiji temple in a heavy rain.This Rinzai-school Zen temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), who was a prominent daimyo warrior, politician and a general.Although a very small,peaceful temple, it possesses a number of objects designated as Important Cultural Assets. Among these are the Main Gate and the Spirit Hall, noted for its use of maki-e. (gold-leaf lacquerware) Beside all that, this temple is worth visiting for this beautiful green approach and its garden designed by the famous garden designer Kobori Enshu.I would say, ideal for “rain” stroll!

Long Break in Rainy Season


on Kyoto

Summer windbell at machiya

summer windbell at Machiya

It has been announced from the Japan Meteorological Agency that the rainy season in Kinki district has started from 28th May this year. In spite of the announcement 5 days earlier than that of usual years, no real rain has fallen since last Sunday in Kyoto.

Rainy season usually brings affluent waterfall for the growth of rice planted in the rice paddies, whereas scarce rain in June can result in a drought in August, after the rainy season has gone. It is true that fair weather is always better than hot, humid rainy days, but for the sake of rice and other plants I do wish some rain :D

For those of you who are traveling in Kyoto it is a good sign. Please enjoy the pleasant dry days for the time being!(Ayuko)

We have started the blog!


on Kyoto

We have launched our English original website and simultaneously started the blog!
I am so excited to be able to tell you the treasures that lie in Kyoto, the city of 1200 years history:D (Ayuko)