Traditional ryokan in Kyoto

November 27, 2019

By Taiga Fukushima, Kana Kobashi, Masakazu Terasaki

A lot of foreign visitors come to Japan recently. Most of them want to experience Japanese-ness, like traditional culture or history so they come to Kyoto. There are old traditional buildings, the beautiful views with changing four seasons, washoku (traditional cuisine) and a chance to experience Japanese culture in Kyoto. It means you can enjoy all of them in Kyoto. That’s why people come to Kyoto. However, you can experience all of them in just one place. That is a ryokan (Japanese-style hotel). Ryokan is a uniquely Japanese hotel tradition that can only be experienced her.

Explain about Ryokan

First of all, the Japanese hotel busiess act has rules for what a ryokan is. For example, a ryokan must have at least 5 rooms. Each room must be more than 7 square meters. If a ryokan is within 100 meters from a school site, they have to have something to obstruct passersby from seeing inside the hotel, for example, a hall which can be used for dancing or some games. Managers or owners have to apply to the prefectural governor for permission to name and establish a ryokan. However, managers can choose the name of accommodation freely no matter the size of their business.

A feature of ryokan is that you can feel WA –Japanese elegant culture- there. This feature can be seen in many parts of services. All rooms are basically Japanese style and estimate guests to be two per one room. In fact, some ryokan don’t allow guests to stay alone. You can enjoy green tea and teacakes for free. In addition, people usually wear a yukata (informal summer kimono), provided by the ryokan, while they stay in ryokan or go for a walk around a hot spring resort. In winter, ryokan provide a short Japanese overgarment or a thickly padded oversize kimono as protection against cold. There are many good points in ryokan However, the biggest sales point is hot spring. Hot springs have many effects for health. It is not too much to say that people stay at ryokan for hot springs. Hot springs have several medical benefits such as relief for neurological pain or to promote healing of wounds so they are popular not only with foreign visitors, but also Japanese travelers.

Tawaraya Ryokan

We would like to introduce three ryokan which have a long history. The first one is Tawaraya, which was built three hundred years ago. Some famous people, such as Hirobumi Ito, who was the first Japanese prime minister. and Steve Jobs have stayed there. It has fans both domestically and abroad, and it is a luxury inn which is representative of Japan. It doesn’t have an official web site, and only people who has visited know the whole picture of the inn. The information of the inn itself is surrounded by a veil. However most people become repeat customers as they are so impressed by the inn. Service, facilities, atmosphere, food, which is a suitable Japanese inn for a very first name. It has an appearance that makes you feel it is old, but it has been properly maintained. Not only the appearance but also the application of professional craftsmanship, maintenance and management are carried out. From the general gardener to the cleaning staff, staff specialized in bathing, changing sliding doors, changing tatami mats and glass wiping, no detail is neglected. The building is old, because it is an established inn, but the comfort of customers is seen to at all times, and this is an inn that matches traditional space with modern comfort. Decorated with Western and Oriental decorations, museum quality art decorates the hall, and the main furniture for fine furnishings.

Sumiya Ryokan

Another ryokan, Sumiya Ryokan was established in the Taisho Period (1912). Masters of the tea ceremony use the facility for meeting. In there, tea ceremony is held on the 7th and 17th days of each month. You can join the tea ceremony if you stay at the ryokan on these days. They serve Kyo-kaiseki which is a traditional Kyoto style course. This is prepared to bring out the natural flavors of fresh seasonable Kyoto vegetables. The rooms are basically Japanese style. Every room has an alcove that is a tea ceremony style room. And you can enjoy seasonable atmosphere with the five senses.

Hiiragiya

The last ryokan is Hiiragiya. Hiiragiya was established in 1818 in Kyoto. It has a long history, so internationally famous men and women-writers, artists, politicians, scientists, and members of the imperial family have stayed there. Nobel Prize winning novelist, Yasunari Kawabata said, “There is no inn with more memories than the Hiiragiya.” The name is taken from Hiiragi Shrine in Shimogamo shrine. Hiiragi is the name of leaf. In the past, it is said that Hiiragi can protect worshipers from evil. You can find the symbol of Hiiragi throughout the inn. It is the staff’s wish that it will bring you the good luck it has brought us over the years.
Hiiragiya are preparing two types of rooms. First is the main building. Rooms are preserved in the tea-ceremony arbor in the Edo (1603 – 1868) to Showa Period (!926 – 1989). You can feel utmost atmosphere of the ancient in Kyoto through them. Another building is new wings. Rooms have new facilities and amenities but with the sophisticated style of traditional Japanese architecture. These rooms inherit Hiiragiya’s traditional and hospitality spirit. You can get there from JR Kyoto Station by taxi or subway. If you use the taxi, please tell the driver “Hiiragiya”. It takes 15 minutes. If you use the subway, you have to take a subway Karasuma line. Get off the subway at Karasuma-Oike station and walk for 7 minutes.

Conckusion

These three ryokan have a long history, so you can feel Japanese-ness very much. Although the style of ryokan may be different from a modern, western style hotel, a stay can allow a visitor to experience a Japanese traditional lifestyle. Sleep on a futon rather than a bed in a tatami mat room with sliding paper covered doors and get the feeling of old Japan. Please try to stay in a ryokan and experience wonderful Japanese traditional cultural until you sleep.

Yojiya

Yojiya Kyoto Kids Project is a company that was born in Kyoto and is one of the representative companies of Japan. Yojiya has lived with Kyoto Make Up that is flamboyant and elegant. Yojiya is one of the few cosmetic companies that have protected “sense of beauty of Kyoto” as a successor. We have doubts about why Yojiya is so popular and they can stay in business for over one hundred years. We look into about Yojiya to find answers about these questions. We are going to describe on these three points; history, production and café.

History

Yojiya started with the name of Kunieda Store in 1904. It’s peddled makeup kits for theatrical performers since Kyoto is famous for its traditional entertainment districts and performing arts like Kabuki and makeup kits are needed because of them. Then it started to produce toothbrushes as modern dental hygiene developed. At that time a toothbrush was called “Yo-ji” so Kunieda Store was popular with the name of Yojiya and it changed its store name to Yojiya. In 1920s, oil blotting paper received favorable reviews. It has been a star product of Yojiya and helped Yojiya to be famous across the whole country. The first Yojiya’s logo was drawn by Nobuo Kunieda, the second president, with clown motifs in 1945 and Yojiya started to do business with other companies but in those days make-to-order manufacturing was standard as Yojiya’s business. However, Nobuo Kunieda designed a new logo of a hand mirror, an essential item for a lady’s appearance, with a beautiful Kyoto lady. This logo of a beautiful Kyoto lady has spread as the face of Yojiya.

The origimal logo
The current logo

The current president, Yasuhiro Kunieda, established a development section for online shopping, expanding abroad, and so on but this change built Yojiya brand. Now Yojiya has some shops outside Japan in places like in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. Since 2000, Yojiya started a new project, called “The 2000s Project,” and tried new makeup products, café, and beauty salon expanding its business flexibility. This is the chronological table of Yojiya.

・2000: The first duty-free shop at Kansai Airport opened This shop begun with small corner but now there are some duty-free shop in Haneda Airport and Narita Airport.

・2001: The basic cosmetic, Uruoi-plus, was produced In 2000, Yojiya distributed samples in Tokyo. It was in great success and then Uruoi-plus went on be sold from 2001

・2002: Yojiya makeup kits started on sale Although Yojiya makeup tools had been popular among the traditional entertainment districts and performing arts, to pass down the traditional makeup kits culture to the future, this project came true.

・2003: Yojiya Café opened nearby Ginkakuji Temple The café has opened so that customers can wait there when the Yojiya Store is crowded. It is based on Japanese Omotenashi mind.

・2004: The first Yojiya shop in a department store opened  

・2006: Yojiya joined Taiwan International Travel Event Yojiya appealed to Taiwanese with the star product, oil blotting paper.

・2007: Joined JAPANESE EXPO in Paris, France It was held for 5 months for a limited period.

・2008: Renovated the second floor of Gion Yojiya Store as a cosmetic floor.

・2009: Joined CIDESCO world conference in Kyoto Yojiya gave a presentation saying oil blotting paper is the only daily beauty salon and displayed and sold it. It was a chance to tell not only the Japanese culture and the sense of beauty also oil blotting paper was getting to be popular as skin care item not just for makeup freshening.

・2010: The logos for Yojiya café and Yojiya cosmetics were designed

・2012: The first Yojiya beauty shop and café opened in Tokyo

・2014: Joined The Pacific SOGO in Taiwan for a limited period It led to approach the Asian market.

・2016: Joined Japanese Style Faire in Thailand

Production

Yojiya consciously selected their production. They give first priority to gentle on the skin and have an earnest heart of craftmanship that is committed to maining quality in all of their ingredients. They take good care that their products are comfortable to use since they are to be used every day. Therefore, they consider about sensitive skin and only use low simulation natural materials. In addition, they use the term “brushing on lipstick” not “putting on lipsticks” because it makes women feel a polite mood such as taking time for beauty. The behavior is very feminine and shows attractive “Kyoto Make Up” has had a long history.

It is not too much to say that the representative blotting papers of Japan is made by Yojiya. The initial blotting paper was 4 times as large as the current one, but it has been improved to same size with the palm of a hand and it is popular. It has many varieties such as cherry blossom for the spring version, maccha for the summer version, and yuzu for the autumn version.

Nowadays, cosmetics that complement Japanese traditional colors have been created. The brightly-colored makeup that was used in previous eras is an attractive and have a quaint atmosphere. Their products are not only for women, but they have a skin care line for men such as facial sheet, cleaning foam and skin lotion. Other than those, they have some kinds of cologne, especially solid perfume which comes in small container. The Yojiya fragrance line includes peach’s classy sweet, lily of the valley’s elegant floral and mild musk’s odor. Yojiya fragrances use all-natural materials except for aroma. Their products are also alcohol-free.

Moreover, cookie that is delicious and good for their skin was released. Barley has plenty of dietary fiber is included in sable and helps promoting the activity of the gut and makes enteral environment be normal. If it is abnormal, it causes skin problems such as rough skin and acne skin. Hence, improving gut environment has a potential for skin condition’s advancement.

Tourists who visit Kyoto can enjoy shopping Yojiya as a souvenir or traditional item of Kyoto. All of these products can be ordered on the internet, so customers who live in far from Yojiya’s stores can also enjoy the products.

Café

Yojiya is one of the biggest Japanese cosmetic company. Yojiya is famous for its cosmetic products, but actually they run cafes too and these are very popular too among especially tourists and young people. Young people want something of photogenic because it is good for Instagram. Yojiya’s café matches their needs.

There are several Yojiya cafes in Kyoto city. You can enjoy Japanese sweets in there. Those sweets are not only delicious, but Yojiya’s logo is printed on their goods, so you can enjoy seeing it. The most popular menu is Yojiya cappuccino. A Japanese woman, in Yojiya’s logo is drawn on the surface. Just like latte art. Some people hesitate to drink it because of the high quality of the drawing. There are other flavors available, including matcha. Sometimes matcha is used as a seasoning in Japan. Especially people use it for sweets and drink. Matcha has been used by Japanese people since the olden days. It can be said to be a traditional seasoning. How about trying matcha?

Yojiya café serves the sweets with seasonal fruits. If you have a favorite fruit, it’s better search before you visit. All foods are delicious. Don’t worry about finding something you like. You can take the light meal at the café. Why not have lunch at Yojiya café. The Yojiya’ café’s location is nice. One of Yojiya cafes is next to Ginkaku-ji temple. It’s a very scenic sight and it was registered as a cultural site of world heritage. Another Yojiya café is in Arashiyama, and here you can feel nature. Arashiyama is famous for bamboo forest and bridge over the big river. And surrounded the mountains. You can enjoy meal with nature. There are some Yojiya cafés in Kyoto apart from these, but all Yojiya cafés have good access from Kyoto station. You can drop by there during a tour of Kyoto. And the goods of Yojiya are available at the cafe. Many unique items are selling. For example, T-shirt the Yojiya’s logo is printed, Matcha flavored chocolate and plates and teacups used at the Yojiya café. These are suitable for souvenirs.

Conclusion

Yojiya company was born in Kyoto and improved with history of over one hundred years in Kyoto is definitely representative of Kyoto and Japan. They consider it is common sense to prioritize natural materials that are also gentle on the skin and cherish intangible values. They do not sell items except for truly good quality. They try to keep making products carefully that Yojiya is the only one that can make by taking time and effort. What they are aiming at is the true beauty of a woman which was made from “sense of beauty in Kyoto”. Lastly, what made Yojiya popular and trustworthy is considered behavior of manufacturing have no qualms about taking time and keep going passionately over one hundred years.

Toji Temple Market and Overseas Stuff

by Kyosuke Maruyama, Shunpei Sakoda, Shiho Koutoku

Kyoto

There is a lot of culture and history in Kyoto. For example, macha, maiko and yatsuhashi are popular culture. Kiyomizu temple and Kinkaku temple are known as favorite historical places in Kyoto. In recent years, many foreigners come to Japan from a lot of countries. So Kyoto is becoming a sightseeing destination for tourists to experience another culture. 

Toji temple

Do you know Toji temple? Toji temple was built in the year 796 by the emperor Kanmu. later, The emperor Saga gave it to Kukai, who was the high priest. He founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism. This temple has been poplar since then. Now a lot of visitors come to this temple to honor Kukai. 

Toji temple

Toji Temple Market

Toji Temple Market is held on the 21st of every month at Toji temple. It is called Toji temple market or Koubou sama. Koubou sama is another reference to the founder, Kukai. Kyoto people love Kukai and Toji temple. So 20,000 people come to this festival every month. In particular, more people come to this market in year-end and New Year holidays. In Japan, festival doesn’t mean only an event or party. Many shops gathered in one place is also a called a festival. It is called ennichi too in Japanese. 

Ennichi means special day. En means relationship and nichi means day. And 21st day is the day of Koukai’s death. So Kyoto people believed that Koukai is in the temple on the 21st day.

This kind of temple market or ennichi is often held in shrines and temples in Japan.

There are about one thousand two hundred shops at the market in Toji temple. 

Three months ago, I went to Toji temple market with my friends for the first time. I was so surprised. Because about half of people is foreign country people. They look at a lot of stuff. They can buy Kyoto curios, textiles and figures. Of course, they can buy food and drink there. There is a lot of food and drink shop which sell regional food and local beer. I think they will be able to be here for half a day. 

Then, I looked at one shop. This shop seemed unnatural for me. I came into this shop. There are a lot of felt dolls and clothing. I had never seen this kind of stuff in Kyoto. It was Nepal stuff. I had thought the sellers had to sell only Kyoto stuff. But this was different. After I talked a little to the seller,  I sought out shops which were selling overseas stuff. Then I can found several such shops in this festival. For instance, wine shop, doll shop and curiosity shop without Japanese stuff. In particular, wine shop gathered a lot of people. This shop held free wine festival. I heard that sellers selling overseas stuff is increasing here. Because I was interested in this process and the seller, I wanted to interview him to find out more about his experience.

He is a 39- year-old Japanese man. He organizes a lot of companies and jobs. When he was 22 years old, he first went to Nepal. He was impressed deeply by Nepal. He thought he wanted to do something for Nepal. But he had to seek good tools and methods to earn money. Then he heard by chance that buttons which are made in Nepal is so rare and expensive. He went to a factory by using his relationship with a friend in Nepal. Because of this visit to the factory, he was able to start a business. These buttons were so beautiful. He decided to sell these buttons. These buttons have been made for over one hundred years. From there, he went to other companies and shops. He made connections to stock cheaply. 

When he started this business, he was unsure of what place he could sell. So he began selling at a lot of festivals. There is many historical place in Kyoto. So various festival every month. There is a theme of festival per this place. So he tried to sell a lot of festival in Kyoto. And he decided to sell in Toji temple market. But most shops there were about Kyoto. This festival is just in Kyoto. However, there is no required theme. So he can sell his Nepal stuff here. He pays ¥5000 rental fee to Toji Temple every time he comes to the market. Why did he choose Toji temple? He said Toji history is so deep. So this traditional event will not decline or disappear in the future. The kindness of Kyoto people was another important reason. Of course, there is power balance. Veteran vendors who sell every month can get a good location within the market, which is critical to making sales and attracting customers. 

He can earn up to five hundred thousand yen per day at the Toji Temple Market. He thinks it is such a good place. In the future, goods and sellers from other countries may increase. He may face a struggle to continue his business in the future. 

He comes and goes between Japan and Nepal every month to looking for goods to sell, and brining them to his Toji temple market stall. He buys and sells in a lot of places and has a variety of goods, for instance, vegetables, dolls, antique coins and coffee. He usually seeks a possibility of job all over the place. He said it is important to seek small awareness in all places and keep facing challenges every time. 

Toji temple market will be changing. But I think it is not bad thing. A lot of culture comes to Kyoto. Possibilities will be increasing too. The Nepalese buttons he sells are used by Ralph Lauren in the Paris correction. 

Maybe, Kukai smiles above from the sky.

Access

Address Toji temple (Kyoougokokuji temple)

        601-8473

        1 banchi Kujo-machi Minami-ku Kyoto-shi

        Tell  075-691-3325 / Fax 075-662-0250

15 minutes from Kyoto station Hachijoguchi by walking

10 minutes from Toji station by walking

Please get off on Omiya station and change to bus (18, 71, 207 line)

 To Toji temple higashi mon-mae

Homepage  https://toji.or.jp/


Sento around Kawaramachi

 

By Kensei Iizuka and Takanori Tsuhako

 

Kawaramachi is one of the most bustling places in Kyoto. There are various kinds of shops so you can enjoy shopping and eating. However, there is a way that you can feel Japanese culture and rest your body, too. That is Sento.

About Sento

Sento is the Japanese traditional public bath. Originally, it came with Buddhism from India through China and it was said that bathing can prevent illness and bring good fortune. One of the most characteristic things in a sento is the painting on the wall. That is why you can enjoy the picture like Mount Fuji or other Japanese traditional scenes while you are taking a bath. Now, there are 150 Sento in Kyoto. These are 4 Sento around Kawaramachi and some customs to follow when you use a Sento.

 

How to use Sento

 

  1. Bring your own towel, soap, shampoo, and conditioner. It is possible to rent a towel at the sento, but of course, it costs extra money. You can save money if you bring a towel. Some Sentos also have soap, shampoo, and conditioner for sale, however, others do not. So, bring them when you visit Sento.

 

  1. Visit Sento.

 

  1. Take off your shoes. Please take off your shoes and put the shoes into the shoe locker after entering the Sento. Please keep the key when you are at the Sento.

 

  1. Go to the counter. Please pay your fee to take a bath at the counter.

 

  1. Take off your clothes at the changing room. There are some lockers at the changing room. Please take off your clothes and put into the locker with a key.

 

  1. Please wash your body before taking a bath. You can bring a washcloth and you can use it to wash your body.

 

  1. Take a bath. (You must not immerse your washcloth in the shared bathing pool because everyone uses the pool to soak their body.)

 

  1. Please wipe and dry your body with a towel before going back to the changing room.

 

  1. Return to the changing room. Put on your clothes.

 

  1. Then, put on your shoes, and leave the Sento.

 

Access

 

Hatsune-yu

The nearest station is Karasuma-Oike. From Karasuma-Oike station, head north and go one block on Karasuma Dori. Then, head to East, go three blocks, and you will see Hatsune-yu. It is a white building which is European style. Hatsune-yu is a clean Sento. Inside of the Sento is bright. You can hear some J-POP music.

Opening hours are 15:00 to midnight and the regular holiday is Tuesday.

 

Tamano-yu

The nearest station is Kyoto City Hall. The sento is located at northwest of it. You can see some bright neon signs in kanji of Tamano-yu. It is a simple structured building and has a big shop curtain, called noren, with its emblem and name hung at the entrance. The characteristic of this Sento is cozy.

Opening hours are 15:00 to midnight, and a regular holiday is Sunday.

 

Hakusan-yu

The nearest station is Shijo or Karasuma station. If you take the subway, the closest exit is 6. If you take Hankyu Railway, the closest exit is 25. Climb up the stairs to the street level, and head South from the station. Then, head West of Takatsuji Street. After crossing Nishino-Toin Street, go one block and head South, and you can find Hakusan-yu. The appearance of this Sento looks new and clean. The characteristic of this Sento is that it has two round shaped bathtubs.

Opening hours are 15:00 to midnight (Sunday: 7:00 to midnight), and a regular holiday is Saturday.

 

Nishiki-yu

Nearly every visitor to Kyoto City will visit Nishiki Market. This Sento is near Nishiki Market. The type of the building is machiya, which is a traditional merchant house in Japan. The temperature of the water is high, so be careful when taking a bath, please. At Nishiki-yu, music concert, rakugo, used book selling, yukata selling, and other events are held sometimes. You can also enjoy activities at inside Nishiki-yu.

Opening hours are 16:00 to midnight, and a regular holiday is Monday.

 

Conclusion

 

There are a lot of Sentos in Kyoto City, especially around Kawaramachi. It is convenient to visit Sento after walking around Kawaramachi. You should check regular holidays and opening hours before visiting a Sento. Each Sento has different characteristics. Please compare them and choose one that you would like to visit. Don’t forget to bring a towel and a change of clothes. Visiting a Sento is better than taking shower at your hotel because your physical and mental fatigue will be got over with a visit to a Sento and by taking a bath. Visiting a Sento when you visit Kawaramachi is a great part of a Kyoto experience.

Rohm Company in Kyoto

June 6, 2019

by Yumika Ikeda and Ayuka Takashita

Have you ever heard of Rohm? Some people have already heard or known as the title of illumination. However, this is not true. The fact is the name of company which decorates the trees during the Christmas season by using products of Rohm company. Today the illumination of Rohm is very famous and ranked 14th among popular illuminations in Japan. We would like to write about Rohm company and the attractions of Rohm’s illuminations in this article.

History of Rohm Company

This Japanese company started in Kyoto in 1958. The company started as a small electronics component manufacturer and they made resisters. The company name is from the first letter of “Resister” and “ohm” which is a unit or measure of resistance. The general thickness of a resister is as thick as a pencil. It was called solid resister, but they challenged the thickness of lead. It was called miniature Resister. It made in Japan fastest all of the world, and solved problems which has existed. In 1966, they became the most developed company producing resisters. After that they have continued improving and researching, they invented high quality products. In 1971, they were the first Japanese company to appear in Silicon Valley. They are admired for those reliable products. They never stopped creating better products. Now, they have 10 companies in Japan, and over 68 companies overseas including Asia, Europe and America. They have thought music is very valuable, so joined and held about music festivals or concerts positively. In 1993, they held Kyoto International student festival. It has been held every year since then. After that, they have continued to support other music concerts and other music activities. In 2013, they donated money for a music hall named Kyoto hall. As a result, it was named Rohm Theater. That was rebuild after three years. They thought important things are not only development, but also considering about environment. As an eco-friendly action, they have cooperated with CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and stated holding illumination in Kyoto in 1998. They have made efforts to be eco-friendly, they consequently could get a prize about eco-friendly in 2012.

Company’s events

They join events like exhibitions of their technology. An example is an event named ET & IOT Technology which is conducted in Yokohama on November, 14th to 16th, 2018. There are three sections; the section of IOT (Internet of Things), the section of power management and the section of their innovative products. The exhibits had many developed products for each section. At the same time, they gave presentation for some of their original or new products in detail. The events were attended by more than 7,000 people. This number has increased every year. They not only join those events but also holds seminars about electronic products for engineers or workers. They teach how to use microcomputers to beginner engineers, the knowledge about power electronics for designers of that. They teach various kinds of electronic products from the basics to application.

Rohm Theater

It opened in 1960 as Kyoto Hall but it closed because of deterioration. When it reopen newly in 2016, Rohm company bought the name. It hold traditional theatrical productions. For example, Nou (one of Kyoto takijinou) or art exhibitions. Also, musical performances like orchestral music are held. You can feel beautiful art.

The illumination of Rohm

As we said above, they started famous illumination called Rohm in 1998. The place is not so far from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. It is popular for family or couples. They conduct not only the illuminations but also some events. You would be excited by some special events. There are four pleasant areas. First, the area of lawn, you can enjoy collaboration between light and music. Next, on the stage, university students who belong to a cappella club can sing with beautiful harmony, too. Second, the area in Nagura park, a magic door by operated circus member is set. When people open this door, a talkative person is there. Children can enjoy talking with this person. It’s one of the reasons why many families visit there. Third, the area on the opposite side of Nagura park, Ogawa coffee company sells sweets, hot coffee and soup. And last, in anywhere people have photos taken by professional cameraman for free. Furthermore, you can get the photos by downloading them from the site. Every year, those wonderful events and beautiful illuminations are fascinating a lot of people who visited there. It must be each people’s special memory.

Access and Operating Days

Rohm Theater Rohm is located diagonally opposite to the site of Kyoto Museum. There are three nearby stations. The closest station is Higashiyama station. If you take Tokai subway line, you get off Higashiyama station and go out 1 exit. Go to Sanjou street for east and turn left at Sanjoujingudou crossroads. Then, go straight and pass Otorii. Turn left along the side of Okazaki park, and you’ll see the Rohm Theater on the right hand side. It is open 365 days a year and the operating hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. The illumination of Rohm The entrance is the crossroads of Gojo street and Sai street. It’s located near Rohm company. You can go there by bus. The bus station is Nishiojihshijio bus stop. The bus is available from JR Kyoto, Kyoto Kintetsu line, Hankyu Saiin, Gionshijo and Shijo subway line. You can walk from Hankyu Nishikyogoku station or Hankyu Saiin station, it takes 15 minutes. It is held for about 1 month (it differs per year). In 2018, the operating days were November 22 to December 25, and operating time was 16:45 p.m. to 22:00 p.m.

Omron

by Mizuki Ita, Anzu Yoshida and Reona Yoshida

We chose OMURON because the company is one of the famous companies from Kyoto. We are interested in the company and we found that OMURON is trying to make employees healthy not just producing products that are useful for health check. We are going to introduce the trace of OMURON, the founder’s story, the origin of OMURON, and cafeteria in OMURON. 

Trace of OMRON

OMRON is famous for its item for health today, but they didn’t make them at first. OMRON was a factory of roentgen and relay. Headquarters were located in Osaka. But it was destroyed by an air strike World War II. After that OMRON’s headquarters moved to Kyoto and tried to make useful machines for human’s life and keeping health. These machines made a revolution between people and machines. For example, they made the first calculator in the world. It makes easy to people calculate something. And they made the first automated teller in the world too. It is said to be the base of cashless economy and society. Furthermore, OMRON’s invention of electronic blood pressure manometer and electronic thermometer made easy to monitor basic body conditions by oneself. Today they are trying to solve environment issues.

Founder’s story

OMRON’s founder is Kazuma Tateishi. In 1900, he was born in Kumamoto. His family wasn’t rich. He worked as a newsman in childhood to help family’s make a living. He worked at the prefecture office, but quit in 1932. He established TATEISHI ELECTRONICS CO. and he invented an X-ray photography timer. This became a basis of OMRON today. He had many inspirational sayings. The one is “Never give up till you can do it .” It explains if you say I can’t do it, it is the end. But if you try to solve it, you can solve the problem and you can grow up. He had this spirit since his inception. This spirit is supporting OMRON’s development until today. In 1941, in the midst of WWⅡ, he made micro switches for the first time in Japan. His micro switches were applied and helped innovate the electrical table lighter after WWⅡ.  Also, he left these words, “Production is the base of reconstruction of Japan. Especially technological innovation helps economic development.” Also, he tried to get information from all over the world. He went to the USA to find a new market. He thought automation and cybernetics are key words of the future, he went to the USA again to learn these fields. As developing automation’s market, he searched management policy. He thought the company is existing for contributing to society. He set the policy “Let’s improve our life by our working and make a better society.” In 1963, he innovated food ticket’s vending machine and bill exchanger. It was the first step he thought it is the keyword and learned in the USA. The one teaching he left, “Things that a machine can do, we have to rely on a machine. People needs to have fun in a creative area.” He had kept trying to find chances to realize a better society all over the world until he died. 

Origin of OMRON

OMRON had a different name in the past. The company was TATEISHI ELECTRONICS CO. when Kazuma Tateishi established OMRON’S predecessor. After World War Ⅱ, they moved headquarters to Kyoto, it was called OMURON around that area, so their company become called as OMRON. OMRON is named for its location.

OMURON and health

CEO of OMURON thinks the health of all employees is the foundation of the management, and he wants them to be the ones to make the environment together where all of them can spend time comfortably. There are three key words to make such an environment. The first one is the creation of innovation. They try to produce the environment that employees can work on some actions for health unconsciously to make their concentration improved and to make the creation of innovation activated. Second one is an enjoyable life. They order some events and make the environment so that employees can enjoy their life in private and in office with healthy bodies and minds. The last one is ageless. OMURON tries to give some events so that employees can succeed in life even after they retire. Here are five measures to make these key words come true. They are daily exercise, good sleep, ways of reducing stress, good balanced meals, and a smokeless environment. Appropriate exercise leads you to good sleep, the way of reducing stress leads you to health, good balanced meals make your body healthy, and a smokeless environment keeps you healthy. 

Cafeteria in OMURON 

OMURON has actions to make them come true. Cafeteria for employees is one of the actions. OMURON cafeteria is substantial. As many as 1,000 of employees can have a meal at the same time. Also, there you can find lots of variety of foods and they are all healthy foods. You can request a healthy meal that has less than 300 kcal. Thanks to this cafeteria, employees can have a meal with co-workers and they can enjoy their meal time. Some of them try to cut their weight with healthy foods in cafeteria. They don’t need to do some hard exercise but can just eat healthy foods. As you can see, OMURON not only produces products also takes actions for the employees’ health. 

Conclusion

   OMURON started in Osaka but it was destroyed by air strike in World War II. It started with the production of health machines, and nowadays it is trying to solve environmental issues. Kazuma Tateishi, the founder of OMURON, had guts and never gave up. He thought if you think you can’t do it, you can’t, believe yourself and you can do it. OMURON, as the company producing useful machines for health, is trying to keep their employees as well. CEO thinks the health of employees is the basis of the company. Also, OMURON suggests some tips for health, and it has a big cafeteria that can accept 1,000 people at the same time. It provides variety of meals and healthy foods so that the employees can enjoy their meals, concentrate on their health unconsciously, and be happy.


Souvenirs in Kyoto

When you go to Japan, you can find a lot of souvenir shops, especially in Gion, Kawaramachi, Shinkyougoku, and places close to famous temples. Kyoto’s souvenirs are mostly traditional Japanese things. Therefore, people come to collect them from all around the world, include Japanese people. We focused on one of the souvenir shops in the Shikyogoku area of downtown Kyoto. It is called Kyo-no-Furusato, which means “Hometown of Kyoto.” They can speak seven languages, and are open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kyo-no-Furusato is located on Shinkyougoku street, which is about 10 minutes on foot from the Hankyu Kawaramachi station. As you walk towards Kyo-no-Furusato, you can see many local shops. We chose to focus on this shop because there it is a very popular and busy shop. There are three main very popular souvenirs in Kyo-no-Furusato, so if you are interested in getting some great souvenirs from Kyoto, you should go there.

Fuurin

The first souvenir is called Fuurin, which is a bell made of metal, glass, and/or pottery, with a strip of paper dangling below it. You can enjoy hanging it under the eaves. In the picture seen here, the front is made of metal and the back is made of glass. We usually use it from the summer to the beginning of fall. When we hear the Fuurin sounds, our mind becomes calm and at ease. It is known as amulet. It was first used by nobles and then later used by the general population. 

The metal ones are traditional, while the glass ones is are more modern. Both of them are the poplar. You can find them in the center of shop.

Ochoko

An ochoko is a small bowl like a glass when you drink tequila shot. It is made from glass and pottery. The name ochoko comes from choku which mean ‘little by little’. We usually use it when we drink Nihonshu, or Japanese sake. The alcohol percentage is high, so we drink it with an ochoko. At first, it is used exclusively by nobles. But its use spread to the common people in an interesting way. The pottery in the form of Higuchi seems to have been old, but it was explosively spread in the middle of the Edo period when Soba (buckwheat) noodles were popular. They used it a way to drink Soba soup. After that normal people were able to drink sake then use the cup as glass of drink like now.

The ochoko in this shop has a lot of beautiful designs, which are all Japanese patterns. We recommend that if you would like to buy lots of ochoko, you can use them as ornaments. They are all so small, so you can bring them back to your country easily. You can find ochoko in the back of shop and along the right side.

Japanese Snacks

There are many Japanese snacks available in Souvenir Shops like Kyo-no-Furusato. Especially, Kyoto is very famous for green tea, so many snacks are made with green tea.

 Everyone knows Kit Kat. In Japan, however, the snack is made in a very Japanese way. For example, there are Kit Kat chocolates with sake of plum, chocolate with sake, chocolate with roasted green tea, green tea, and Uji green tea (Uji is a part of city of Kyoto that is very famous for green tea). In addition to Kit Kat, there are many other famous snacks from Kyoto, including:

1. Yatsuhashi 2. Malebranche from Cha no ka 3. Senju Senbei from Kogetsu 4. Ajarimochi from Mangetsu 5. Green Tea Corneta from Jouvancelle 6. Torori Warabi-mochi from Warabin 7. Kyo Baumkuchen from Otabe 8. Hogyoku-do’s Fox senbei from Hogyokudo 9. Macha Tea Roasted Chocolate from Nakamura Tokichi 10. Kyoame Koicha Temari

There are many kinds of snacks unique to Kyoto. However, it is not just Kyoto that has special snacks. Other prefectures also make unique snacks, so when you have time in Japan or when you go to other prefectures, it is better to find that snacks from that prefecture. It can be a very interesting experience during your trip.

In conclusion, Kyoto is wonderful city, especially for traditional things. When you come to Japan, you must be open minded, so it is important to try things outside of what is normal for you. For example, you can buy a Huurin and use it in your own country. In this way , you can feel the Japanese summer in your own country, or choose Kyoto’s special snacks and eat them in your country with your family, friends, and neighbors. You can share what Japanese people like the most. Let’s enjoy your trip to Kyoto by experiencing true Kyoto things.

Kyoto Restaurants for a Special Day

by Manaka Tsuneyama, Mayu Nishikawa & Natsumi Nishimura

How would you like to celebrate your friends or family? There are many situations when you need to celebrate, such as birthdays, celebration of achievements, weddings, and getting a new job. Some people prefer to make a surprise for a friend or loved one. Mostly, people may celebrate at their home or restaurant. We recommend that you celebrate at a restaurant in Kyoto because you can make the party a surprise by cooperation with the staff. But maybe it is difficult to choose a special restaurant for our friend’s birthday dinner. You want to enjoy eating good food and seeing a beautiful view. Also, it would be nice to see a night view and a view of rivers like the Kamo-gawa and the Takase-gawa from the restaurant. We have been to some very nice restaurants in Kyoto and want to share our experience. These restaurants’ names are Marcafe, Sunny Café, and Pizza Salvatore Coumo. You can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Kyoto while having a good time with your friends at all three of these places.

Marcafe

There are some special things about Marcafe. For example, this restaurant has a history of over 100 years. Also, you can see the Kamogawa (Kamo River) and the Higashiyama area of town while enjoying your meal. The Kamogawa is the most famous river in Kyoto. It is loved by many people because we can experience the feeling of each season as it changes. For example, there are cherry blossoms in the spring, people playing in the river in the summer, autumn colors in the fall, and bird watching in winter. In addition, the Higashiyama area has famous buildings such as Kiyomizu temple and Ginkakuji temple. If you want to see these famous temples while you eat, we recommend Marcafe.

Inside the restaurant, you’ll notice a vintage interior as soon as you enter. You can feel an open atmosphere full of antique furniture. In fact, each chair and table is unique, so you can enjoy the feeling of a special atmosphere. Marcafe also has a big window through which you can enjoy seeing a beautiful view, both in the day and at night. In addition, there is terrace seat. And if you make a reservation, you can eat the birthday course meal, which includes an appetizer, a main dish and a birthday desert plate. For example, this might be a caesar salad, roast beef, cheese fondue, pasta and a special desert. Especially, the cheese fondue is delicious because it uses Kyoto-grown vegetables and other seasonal vegetables. You can enjoy a rich taste cheese while talking about your funny personal stories. Also, you can request a message to be included with your desert plate, which consists of cream brulee, chiffon cake, a blueberry tart, and a cookie. You can hold a celebration at Marcafe for someone important to you with their special celebration plan.

Sunny Café

The Sunny Café is on the top floor of a building, so you can see the beautiful scene of Sanjyo street, which is a prosperous place with many people, heavy traffic and a lot of stores. But when you open the door to the Sunny Café, you can feel relaxed in a stylish atmosphere. This restaurant is perfect for adults, as there is a bar counter seat where you can enjoy drinking many kinds of alcohol, like wine, whiskey, beer and cocktails. This restaurant’s birthday course is a little expensive, however. But all dishes made by chef are delicious. The Japanese black beef grill steak is the most popular dish at the Sunny Café. It has a tender texture and a special flavor, so this beef is loved by everyone in Japan.

Also, the Sunny Café is near the Kamogawa, so you can sit at a table facing the famous river. This restaurant’s main course includes hors d’oeuvres, steamed vegetables and a main dish, which is often Japanese black beef grill steak. The seasonable pasta is fresh pasta. Finally, the waiter will bring a desert on a stone plate with a live sparkler. When the waiter brings the desert, the restaurant’s background music changes to the birthday song. Therefore, we can celebrate a special day for a friend or loved one. The Sunny Café features a stylish space and delicious food. The birthday dessert plate is also very good. And the waiters will take a picture for you, so you can remember your experience forever.

Pizza Salvatore Coumo

If you want to taste genuine pizza, we recommend Pizza Salvatore Coumo. This restaurant is right next to the Takasegawa (Takase River), which was made famous by a Japanese short story called, Takasebune, written by Ogai Mori. He is one of the greatest novelists in Japan. Takasebune is about the rights and wrongs of euthanasia, so you will be interested in this historical river. Even before entering the restaurant, you can smell the aroma of baked pizza in the air. The grand pizza oven catches your eye as soon as you enter the restaurant, and you can see the open kitchen.

Many foreign tourists come here to dine. They tend to choose terrace seats, because they want to enjoy the unusual, but pleasurable feeling of being right next to the river. However, the inside of the restaurant is nice, too. You can enjoy the feeling of a relaxed atmosphere in Kyoto.

In terms of food, the pizza baked in their authentic pizza oven is the best dish on the menu. The offer many kinds of pizza. They are made by an Italian chef called Pizzaiolo, so this is a traditional method. We recommend the standard margarita pizza, four kinds of cheese with honey pizza, and the Marinara made with four kinds of tomatoes, basil and garlic. They also serve an award-winning pizza from the World Neapolitan Pizza Competition called D.O.C. It is made with cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and grana Padano. You will feel as if you are in Italy when eating such a great pizza.

There are many other items on the menu, like classic penne, cream gnocchi, pepperoncino, and shrimp and mushroom ajillo. Moreover, there are various other tasty things to nibble on. Why don’t you have a few drinks while celebrating your special day? After you finish the main dish, the chef will prepare for you a desert plate with a special message and illustration. Your friends will certainly be pleased with this special plate. It’s perfect for celebrating with friends or family.

Conclusion

As you can see, Marcafe, Sunny Café and Pizza Salvatore Coumo are each great restaurants to visit on a special day. You can enjoy both eating great food and seeing beautiful sights, such as a night view of the river in Kyoto while eating dinner. We promise you will have a memorable time.

Access

Marcafe

The opening hours 11:30~24:00

Kiyomizu-gojyo station 4 minutes on foot

Kawaramachi station 8minutes on foot

Sunny Café

The opening hours lunch: 11:30~15:00, dinner: 17:00~23:30

Sanjyo station 3 minutes on foot

Pizza Salvatore Coumo

The opening hours lunch: 11:00~15:30, dinner: 17:00~23:00

Sanjyo station 3minutes on foot

Kyotoshiyakushomae station 3minutes on foot

Japanese Sweets of Kyoto origin

by Kanae Hamano & Shiho Fujinami

Do you know about the Japanese sweets called, wagashi? Wagashi is a whole category of confectionary made using traditional production techniques in Japan. In addition, Kyoto is famous for wagashi, as there are many well-established Japanese sweet shops throughout the city.

About Wagashi

Wagashi is a term used to differentiate traditional Japanese sweets from European-style confectionary, which first made its appearance in Japan after the Meiji period. Wagashi includes mochigashi (Japanese rice cake), youkan (azuki bean jelly), manju (sweet buns) and senbei (rice crackers). Wagashi rarely uses oil, fat, spice or dairy products in comparison with European-style confectionery. Instead, grains, beans, starch and sugar are its main ingredients. Also, green tea is commonly used to make Wagashi. Finally, wagashi is closely associated with the four seasons of the year. This is because it is often used for annual functions and as gifts in Japan.

History of Wagashi

In 1800, an envoy from China, named Kentoshi, brought some sweets to Japan. One of those was danki, which was a fried sweet with persimmons, chestnuts, and apricot with black sugar. It was the first time for sugar to come to Japan. In modern times, Japanese people eat yokan with Japanese green tea. But originally, yokan from China contained mutton and was eaten with meat soup. When the Chinese envoy brought yokan to Japan, Japanese people avoided eating meat. So, the Japanese substituted azuki (red beans) for the mutton. In the latter half of 1500, Christian culture had begun to take root in Japan. At that time, kasutera (Japanese sponge cake), was brought in by Portugal. Once in Japan, these sweets spread all over the country. These are the origins of wagashi.Below are some famous wagashi shops in Kyoto.

Mangetsu (満月)

The first shop is Mangetsu, which is a famous shop founded in 1856. It specializes in making Ajarimochi, which is a specific type of manju. Manju itself is a traditional Japanese sweet made by wrapping flavored ingredients, such as azuki bean (red bean) jam in kneaded dough made from wheat or other ingredients. Ajarimochi, however, is baked and it consists of sweet bean paste sandwiched between chewy dough. The bean paste in Ajarimochi is tsubuan (mashed sweet bean paste) made from Tanba dinagon azuki , which is a local red bean of a large grain. It also happens to be very delicious and very affordable. Just one piece costs 108 yen. It is wonderful that you can taste something so delicious, yet so inexpensive. In addition, there are sets of 10 pieces for 1,188 yen, 15 pieces for 1,836 yen, 30 pieces for 3,456 yen, and so on. The expiration date is only five days from the date of manufacture, and it is possible to store it at normal temperature. We recommend you to buy it as a souvenir, but it should eaten soon.

Mangetsu(満月)

 

 

 

 

Tsuruyayoshinobu (鶴屋吉信)

In 1803, this Japanese confectionary store was founded in Kyoto. It is famous for yokan, which is like a bar of gelatinous sweet bean paste. One of its main characteristics is that its design and taste are associated with the 4 seasons. They are also iconic of Kyoto confectionary, so you can experience Kyoto by eating yokan. This shop is famous for not only yokan, but also kyokanze, which is a Japanese sweet shaped like a spiral, giving an image of water ripples. The black part is Ogura bean paste and the light-colored part is a type of candy called murasame. It is a wagashi which allows us to enjoy its texture. One piece is sold for 260 yen. It is a representative wagashi of this shop. The taste of Kyokanze changes with the seasons, so you can enjoy the taste of each season when you visit in Kyoto at different times of the year.

Tsuruyayosinobu(鶴屋吉信)

 

 

 

 

Toraya (虎屋)

This shop was founded in Kyoto in the late Muromachi period (1338-1573) and has been in business for five centuries. Currently it is opening stores in Tokyo, too. They are famous for their yokan. They offer many flavors, so you can get your favorite taste. In addition to Yokan, they also sell monaka (red-bean-paste-filled wafers), baked goods, and green tea. Each monaka has a nicknames, for example Yasaka, which is the most basic one. It is made by stuffing sweet bean paste into chrysanthemum shaped leather. ‘Yasaka’ means flourish and because the chrysanthemum flower is a noble and congratulatory flower, so it was named Yasaka (弥栄). Therefore, if you celebrate someone or some event, I recommend you to purchase it.

Toraya(虎屋)

 

 

 

 

Shop Information

Mangetsu (満月)

Address Imadegawa Marikouzidori, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Phone number: 075-791-4121

Business hours: 9:00-18:00

Nearest station about 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Demachiyanagi station

 

Tsuruyayoshinobu (鶴屋吉信)

Address Imadegawadori Horikawa Nishi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Phone number: 075-441-0105

Business Hours: 9:00-18:00

Nearest station about 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto subway Imadegawa station

 

Toraya (虎屋)

Address 415 Hirohashidono-cho, Ichizyokado, Karasumadori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto prefecture

Phone number: 075-441-3111

Business hours: 9:00-19:00 (weekdays)

9:00-18:00 (weekends, holidays)

Nearest station about 7 minutes on foot from Kyoto subway Imadegawa station

The Apple Store in Kyoto

by Sakura Hatsuta, Genki Takeuchi & Shayne Gonzales

EntranceKyoto opened a new Apple store in downtown Kyoto recently. There were already eight Apple Stores in Japan (Shnjuku, Ginza, Shibuya, Omotesando (Tokyo), Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka), but the ninth one in Kyoto is nothing like the others. It is very much inspired from the traditional culture of Kyoto inside and outside of the building. It is definitely one of the newest and hottest spots to visit, not only for people who live in Kyoto, but also tourists. In this article, we would like to introduce some information, highlights, and how to access the Kyoto Apple Store.

The Kyoto Apple Store is located in the Shijo Karasuma shopping district, on Shijo and Takakura Streets. Shijo Karasuma is well-known as one of the busiest places in Kyoto. There are many banks, offices and stores in that area, so it is always crowded with locals and tourists alike. The new store location matches well with the town square concept of an Apple Store: Make a store where people can easily gather in the center of the city.

The Kyoto Apple Store is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Sunday. Since Kyoto has many visitors from overseas, people who work at the store are also from various regions of the world, such as Europe and North America. They can communicate in 12 different languages.

The Apple Store opened on August 25th, 2018, and is currently the largest store in Kyoto. It has been 14 years since the last time Apple opened a large store in the Kansai area (the first store being Shinsaibashi, Osaka). Even before Apple opened their first store in Kyoto, it was receiving a lot of attention. There were advertisements on transportation and all sides of the walls in the subway stations.

Apple

On the opening day, there were more than 1,300 people lining up to get in. And those people who came to the store on the first day received a limited edition gift box. It included a t-shirt, sticker and pin. Those goods are all came with the same logo written as ‘Kyoto’ in Japanese characters, and its design was inspired by goban no me, a Japanese traditional boardgame used for gomoku (five in a row). It has 19×19 grid of lines. Interestingly, goban no me is often used when people explain the layout of Kyoto city. It is because when you look up Kyoto city on a map, it looks like goban no me. Therefore, the Apple store is not only making a creative new logo, but also they take into account the culture in which the store exists. But the logo on those products is not the only thing about the Apple Store that is inspired by Kyoto culture.

The Kyoto Apple Store’s modern architectural style is inspired by the design and materials unique to the ancient city of Kyoto. For example, the design of the second floor was inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns, so it is surrounded by lightly thin fittings, with a lighting-like design. Also, in the upper part of the facade, it imitates traditional Japanese wooden houses and shoji (It is Japanese sliding door that is made of wooden) and uses materials that make it reminiscent of wooden lattice and Japanese paper.

1st Floor

There is also an atrium at the colonnade located in the center of the building, which spans multiple floors in a building where a Japanese style and a state-of-the-art modern building blend together. The first floor part is made of full-sized glass, and it is a structure that can be understood from the inside as well as from the outside. Above the 2nd floor, when looking from the outside, it looks like a shoji, with lights inside that are lit at night. And behind the atrium there is a staircase leading up to the second floor. This staircase using artificial marble seems to reproduce the stairs of Apple’s headquarters in Steve Jobs Theater. In addition to this staircase on the second floor, you can also go up by elevator.

On the 3rd floor, which is only accessible by elevator, there are business negotiation rooms for corporations, such as start-up companies and educational institutions, along with board rooms. Interior decoration that reproduced the meeting room of Apple headquarters was utilized, so the sofa placed near the entrance is the same as the chair of Steve Jobs Theater of Apple headquarters.

It seems that the purpose of the building is to introduce the style and feeling of a town square while incorporating a Kyoto-like lattice design. It is more than just a store, but rather aims to achieve the purpose of gathering people together in the city’s plaza, aiming for a place where people can connect and develop their ideas and imagination.

Access

The new Apple Store is located on the popular Shijo Street in Kyoto, so there are many ways to get there. If you are going there from Kyoto Station, you can ride the local city bus from the station to Karasumi Shijo where the store is located. Alternatively, you can take the subway to get there. It is only two stops from Kyoto Station. You can also go there by car, but we think it is hassle to do it because usually Kyoto doesn’t have any free parking areas, so you have to pay for parking spaces and it ends up being a bit expensive. We think using the local city bus is the best way to get to the Apple Store there because the fare is fixed and if you buy the one-day card, you can also get around Kyoto easily.

Conclusion

We think going to the new Apple Store is a good way to learn a bit about Kyoto’s culture, study how they imagined and made the designs, and why they chose the location. Is it because of the traditions that are surrounding Kyoto, or is it because there are lots of local and foreign tourists that are going there? It is definitely in a central, downtown location, so it is one of the busiest places in Kyoto. When you see it, will you think that the apple store is inspired by Kyoto’s culture? Why don’t you go there and find out for yourself. Explore what is inside the new Apple Store and discover the difference between the Apple Stores that you have already visited and this new Apple Store in traditional Kyoto.