Mountain of the Fire Deity

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In Kyoto’s west, towering above the small village of Kiyotaki, lies Atago-san, Kyoto city’s tallest peak  at 924 meters. A holy mountain for over a thousand years, once a year pilgrims come here to hike to the top during the night. By doing so, one shows reverence to the fire diety and gains 1,000 days […]

Nobody Else

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Visitors often ask me how to find somewhere free of people and still worth seeing. I invariably answer: earn it. To become popular, an attraction must have a strong natural draw and easy accessibility. Remove accessibility and the crowds vanish magically. After all, the view from Mount Everest is simply breathtaking, but you won’t find […]

Drinking game with the guests

Dining with Maiko – Gion Hatanaka

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This week we took a look at Gion Hatanaka, a beautiful ryokan in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. Here guests can enjoy a Kyoto style dinner while watching Maiko performances for an affordable price. After the meal, the participants are invited to play drinking games with the Maiko! ^.^ Check out more at their homepage: […]

Zen meditation room

Zen meditation in Kyoto

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Last week, on a beautiful autumn day, Next Japan Travel visited Kyoto’s Shunkō-in temple in order to experience a genuine Zen meditation class. Shunkō-in Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple located in Kyoto’s Myōshin-ji temple complex. It was established by the daimyo (feudal lord) Horio Yoshiharu in 1590 in honor of his son. Almost every […]

Daimonji mountain fire

Kyoto’s Gozan no Okuribi 2015

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On the 16th of August the «Gozan no Okuribi» (五山の送り火) event took place in Kyoto where five giant bonfires were lit on mountains surrounding the city. The event is connected to the O-bon festival – a Buddhist custom during which the spirits of deceased family members are said to visit this mortal world. The word […]