Various ways of enjoying the climate of Kyoto

November 27, 2019

by Fumiya Tamaoki and Masahiro Komatsu

Have you fully enjoyed each season in Kyoto?

In Japan, the temperature in Kyoto is not too high. However, many people living in Kyoto and tourists say “Summer in Kyoto is very hot.” Why is it that many people feel hot in Kyoto, although the temperature is not particularly high? The answer is in the topography of Kyoto.

Kyoto city is surrounded by mountains in all directions, and it is a basin. So, the wind can’t blow through Kyoto city, and this makes us feel humid. Also, since Kyoto city is far away from the ocean, the temperature does not drop much even at night. In general, it is said that this basin city is not only hot in the summer, but also it feels cold in the winter. As you can see, it seems like summer and winter in Kyoto is a very difficult to stay. However, Kyoto has become one of the most famous cities that has a lot of sightseeing spots. Tourists visit Kyoto regardless of the season. Of course, the truth that Kyoto is hot is not escapable. However, tourists and residents spend their seasons in a way that is unique to Kyoto. They know how to make use of the characteristics of the land in Kyoto. These are some ways to spend enjoyable summer and winter in Kyoto.

Freshen up by “Hozugawa Kudari”

First of all, what can we do to get comfortable in the hot summer? Do you go swimming in the sea? Or do you want to go to the pool? Playing in the water makes us refreshed. There are not only seas and pools, but also rivers in Kyoto.

You can travel about 90 minutes to Arashiyama.

In Kyoto, it is very popular among tourists to ride down a river in a canoe. Especially famous is “Hozugawa Kudari”, a trip down the Hozu River. Departing from Kameoka city next to Kyoto city, we can travel about 90 minutes to Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. Receiving a cold splash and feeling refreshed, you can also see and feel the nature of Kyoto. It is one of the perfect ways for having a hot summer fun. Also, we can do “Hozugawa Kudari” not only in the summer but throughout the year. It’s fun as a summer play, but you can enjoy it well in other seasons. For example, you can enjoy autumn leaves in autumn and enjoy snow scenery in winter because the course is surrounded by nature.

Have a nice time on the riverside

You can have nice meals and time on the riverside.

Next, we will show you how to eat coolly while you are outside in a hot summer. It is Noryo doko, built in the Kamogawa that flows through the center of Kyoto. Shops on the east of the street face the Kamo-gawa River, and many restaurants among them lay out the Noryo doko (wooden platform over the dry riverbed for enjoying cool breezes). Noryo doko can be enjoyed from May to September, so you can have a good meal in the hot summer. Also, this covers about 1 kilometer, and various restaurants, bars, and pubs are participating. Because many restaurants are participating, you can enjoy various dishes. Of course you can also enjoy Japanese traditional meals. Having a meal above the river will have a special taste as it is an experience you cannot usually do.

Keep warm by hot spring

You can keep your body warm by hot spring.

Next, we will show you how to spend time pleasantly in the cold winter of Kyoto. One of the famous tourist spots in Kyoto is Arashiyama. The bridge named Togetsu Bridge and the road of bamboo grove in Arashiyama are very beautiful, so it is a popular spot. If you go to Kyoto by sightseeing, you should go to Arashiyama. Arashiyama also can be enjoyed in any season. However, in this article we will show you how to spend the cold winter happily. It is different from the purpose of this article to introduce only Arashiyama. However, there is a place where you can spend a pleasant cold winter near Arashiyama station. It is a hot spring called “Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen fu fu no-yu“. It will heal the tired body and cold body in sightseeing. The point is, the area of Arashiyama can be enjoyed with a set of sightseeing and hot springs. This facility has hot springs as well as mist sauna and it is popular. Like this way, is it possible to enjoy sightseeing and hot springs at same place? Or, is it ban be in only Arashiyama? Actually, Kyoto is the prefecture with many public baths in the top level among Japan. There are many public baths in Kyoto city. Therefore, if you also check public baths near the place you are planning to go sightseeing, you can enjoy sightseeing in the cold winter.

Become warm from inside in the Nisiki market

Next, how about consuming some warm food and alcohol to warm your body and heart in the cold winter? To enjoy warm and fresh ingredients, there is a place called the Nishiki market in the center of Kyoto. Because this place is a market, you can enjoy various meals mainly fresh seafood. Especially, in March every year, events are held to enjoy local alcohol in Kyoto. Why don’t you visit events that you can enjoy with delicious ingredients and local sake in March of Kyoto where cold still remains.

Nishiki market is a famous street which has many shops.

Kyoto is a tourist destination that anyone can enjoy in all seasons. Visitors can feel a different atmosphere in each of the four seasons whether going to a temple or a shrine or enjoying nature. But they may have to do sightseeing not only in pleasant weather, but also in the more severe environment of summer and winter. At such a time, tourists can enjoy more than usual if they do sightseeing in the way introduced in this article. Kyoto is one of the leading tourist destinations in Japan, not only because it has great places and scenery, but also because there are many ways to enjoy the environment.

The Great Sento of Kyoto: Nishiki-yu

by Ayaka Murai, Hikari Yanai & Daichi Hatakeyama

Most people spend their bath time only to take a bath and shower themselves. How do you want to enjoy your bath time? There is one traditional public bath here in the city of Kyoto called Nishiki-yu. A number of people really like to go to the public bath.  So, I would like to introduce about this great public bath.

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Sento is one of the cultures of Japan. Japanese people call the public bath sento. Nishiki-yu has a long history. It opened in 1927. It is in the center of Kyoto citiy’s, Nishiki market. Nishiki market is called the kitchen of Kyoto. The place is famous for tradition and culture in Kyoto. It is near Karasuma station on the Hankyu line. It takes only 5 minutes to walk to the public bath from the station. So, I recommend you take a train and walk to go to this public bath. Nishiki-yu is usually open from 16:00 to 24:00, but every Monday, it is closed.

noren When I visited there, there were Japanese shop curtains,noren, which are hung outside the entrance and has the shop’s name written on them. It seems that they change their color to deep blue during Gion-matsuri and New Year holidays. I would like to see the special noren. In addition, the outside is very tasteful. It is a three-storied, wooden building like the traditional Kyoto-style house called Machiya. Nishiki-yu has been featured in various magazines .

image2 In side this public bath is quite tasteful too. The bathtub is very hot for the first customer. The temperature is about 43 degrees. The bath is filled right up to the brim and spills over with new bathwater every time. So the bathwater is clear every time.

Regular customers of this public bath leave their basket at the changing room. It has their name written on the it. This basket is a traditional craft, and the price is about 40,000 yen. You can use the basket in this public bath, but you have to use this basket carefully, because of its high price. In addition, not anyone can make it anymore. However, sento visitors have decreased in Japan recently. So the owner set up some events to draw more guests to this public bath. For example, comic story telling party, music party, second hand book fair, Japanese summer cotton kimono on the spot sale party, and so on. You can also listen to jazz music only in this public bath in Japan. The manager, Mr. Hasegawa, likes music very much. He especially likes jazz music. He has a lot of CDs in his watch stand. As a result of these events, more tourists came to Nishiki-yu. I became popular for young people. Everyone can become friends in this public bath. Sometimes apprentice geisha, Maiko-san, come to this public bath. Maybe if you are lucky, you can meet one.


After taking a bath please go to Nishiki market. You can feel more Kyoto style. If you want to feel Kyoto in your bones and meet people who will be your friends, please go to Nishiki-yu.

El Mercado Nishiki

por Mio Sakamoto y Michelle  Stephanie Cardenas Márrufo

El mercado Nishiki está situado en la parte central del barrio de Nakagyo en la ciudad de Kyoto. El mercado Nishiki es como un centro comercial que se encuentra en la calle Nishikoji y está entre la calle Teramachi y la calle Takakura. Allí se puede encontrar tiendas prestigiosas fundadas hace mucho tiempo y especializadas en la venta de pescados, verduras típicas de Kyoto, alimentos frescos, ultramarinos, verduras en salmuera. Si Vd. va al mercado Nishiki, podrá encontrar alimentos que solo venden aquí.

El mercado Nishiki fue construido hace más de 400 años en la época de Edo. Antiguamente se le llamaba “La cocina de Kyoto”.

Una de las características del mercado es que a diferencia de los supermercados y los grandes almacenes, aquí podrá comprar alimentos frescos de la temporada.

Actualmente hay aproximadamente unas 130 tiendas.

Ahora voy a presentar unas tiendas que recomiendo de este Mercado.

1. こんなもんじゃ (Konnamonya)

Ésta es una foto de donuts de leche de soja.

El tamaño es pequeño, por eso es fácil de comer.

En este mercado, este postre es muy popular, famoso y delicioso.
Dirección:Japón, Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku, Sakai-machi-dori, Nishiki-koji-noboru, Nakauoya-chou 494
Numero de teléfono :075-255-3231
Horario: 10:00~18:00  Abierto todos los días.


2.フミヤ キョウト 錦本店(Fumiya Kyoto Nishiki-honten)

Ésta es una foto de BAUMKUCHEN.

Este pastel es hecho de un alimento tradicional japonés llamada “FU”.

FU es una pasta de trigo con gluten. FU se puede utilizar en postres o también en sopa de soja. Es un alimento que tiene bajas calorías y es muy bueno para la salud. También el FU es muy conocido en Kyoto.

Dirección:Japón, Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku, Nishiki-koji-dori, Sakai-machi, Nishi-iru,Nakauoya-chou 493

Número de teléfono: 075-221-0354

Horario: 10:00~18:00

Abierto todos los días. (※1/1, 1/2 se cierra)


A Centro Comercial

por Tadano Anna y Luis Mendez

En Kyoto hay muchos centros comerciales pero hay uno que se llama “el mercado de Nishiki”, conocido como “la cocina de Kyoto”. Es muy popular entre cocineros profesionales, gente local y los turistas.  Seguramente es el centro más famoso de Kyoto.

Sin embargo, hay otros centros atractivos y originales, y entre ellos, me gustaría recomendar tres centros: el centro Fushimi Otesuzi, el Sanjo Kai y el Demachi Masugata.

El centro comercial Fushimi Otesuzi

Este centro comercial es el más grande de Rakuminami. En esta calle hay tiendas de todo tipo, y era la calle más importante en la era de Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Dado que el Castillo de Fushimi está cerca, siempre pasaba mucha gente por allí. Este centro se inauguró en 1923 y en 1997 fue renovado.  Ahora podemos disfrutar de un mercado bonito con arcada y cúpula. Es brillante y amplio, y tambien está pensado respetando el medio ambiente.

El Reloj de Oyakamassan

Cuando llega la hora, la puerta se abre y suena música, y aparece una muñeca de “Senno Rikyu”, un personaje famoso de la era de Azuchi Momoyama. A continuación aparecen muñecas de algunos personajes y lugares relacionados con Fushimi, como “Ushiwaka-maru”, “Ishimatsu Morino”, “Hideyoshi Toyotomi”, “El castillo de Fushimi”, “Senhime”, “Hanakasa”, “Ryoma Sakamoto”, “Shinsengumi” etc.

El centro comercial Sanjo-kai

Es una calle con arcada que tiene 800 metros de longitud, que empieza en la calle Horikawa y termina en le calle Senbon. Podemos encontrar 180 tiendas en este centro y su lema es “Ciudad soleada 365 dias”. Está situado en el centro del oeste de Kioto, y tiene muy buen acceso. La famosa corredora, Mizuki Noguchi, corria por esta calle cuando llovía y gracias a ella y su hábito, este centro se hizo famoso.

Aquí hay tiendas antiguas y nuevas. Podemos comprar alimentos, dulces, ropa, zapatos etc, y también dispone de buenos restaurantes y cafeterías.

Se han celebrado muchos eventos y festivales, pero el más conocido es el Mercado Nocturno de Tanabata que se celebra a principios de julio. Cada año lo visitan muchas personas.

Mercado Nishiki

By Erika Ono, Natsumi Oku

O Mercado Nishiki

O Mercado Nishiki (em japonês: Nishiki Ichiba) é conhecido como a “cozinha de Quioto”. Ao longo de 390 metros de comprimento estão 126 lojas onde se podem comprar legumes, peixe e outros produtos frescos. Também é possível vir aqui comprar utensílios de cozinha e outros produtos sazonais.


O estilo atual em arcada data de 1993, mas este mercado tem um longa história, com séculos de existência. Diz-se que a primeira loja do Mercado Nishiki abriu no séc. XIV. Desde então, lojas especializadas em vários produtos de Quioto aqui se estabeleceram.

Hoje em dia, são muitos os visitantes deste local, não só habitantes de Quioto, mas também turistas japoneses e estrangeiros. Algumas das lojas oferecem amostras grátis, e também existem restaurantes e bares onde é possível degustar as iguarias de Quioto.



donuts de tofu


Outros dos prazeres possíveis no Mercado Nishiki é ir comendo enquanto se anda. Um dos exemplos são os donuts de tofu que mostramos na fotografia.

Este é, sem dúvida, um dos lugares mais típicos de Quioto e ponto de passagem obrigatório a todos os que querem experimentar não só o ambiente da cidade, mas também os seus sabores. Mesmo não sabendo falar japonês, é possível fazer compras e provar algumas das iguarias desta cidade.



O Mercado Nishiki corre paralelo à Avenida Shijo, uma das avenidas centrais da cidade. Fica a cerca de cinco minutos a pé da estação de metro Shijo, ou da Estação Kawaramachi da Linha Hankyu.

A morada oficial é: Nishiki Koji-dori, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto.



As lojas costumam estar abertas das nove horas da manhã até às cinco horas da tarde, mas muitas lojas fecham à quarta-feira ou ao domingo.