Randen area between Uzumasa Koryuji and Oomiya.

November 25, 2019

by Taishiro Hashidume, Kazuki Sonoda and Yusaku Nishiyama.

Randen is one of the most famous train in Kyoto prefecture that’s because large number of tourists from other country use Randen everyday. On the otherhands, most of people actually get off in Arashiyama Station because other area is not known so well, then we want you to know about area where along with Randen trail between Omiya and Uzumasa Koryuji station.
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Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Toei

First of all, we recommend you about Toei Kyoto Studio Park(Uzumasa Eiga mura). It is placed nearby Uzumasa Koryuji station.

It takes 5-7 minutes from Uzumasa Koryuji station by walk.

Toei Kyoto Studio Park is the only theme park in Japan where you can watch the filming of period dramas and also only theme park in Japan where you can enjoy the atmosphere as if the town was frozen in Edo period.

This set have been constructed and was modelled after a street from the Edo period, and it is used to shoot more than 200 films per year.

Here you can walk freely around the Toei Kyoto Studio film set with wearing japanese traditional costumes.

Here you can rent so many kinds of ancient clothes like samurai, ninja and so on.

Enjoy the atmosphere of Edo period of Japan by taking in a ninja show with dressing up Japanese traditional costume.

You can also have some foods and drinks in here, so you can enjoy film set and atmosphere with taking some food.

You will find all kinds of entertainment for both the young and the old, in this world of imagination and creation.

Secondly, we want to let you know in Uzumasa Koryuji station is “Koryuji temple”.

Kyoryuji temple is one of the Kyoto’s Shingon temple. It is also known as Uzumasa-dera and Kadono-dera now, but originally it was known as Hatanokimi-dera, Hachioka-dera and Hoko-ji long time ago.

This temple is locates in front of Uzumasa Koryu-ji station.

Koryu-ji is the oldest temple in Kyoto and it have been constructed in 603 (Asuka period) by Hatano Kawakatsu, that is to say this temple is older than Ancient Kyoto (Heiankyo).

ushimasturi

It is also famous for Ushi-matsuri which is one of Kyoto’s three main strange festivals. It had been held in October 12th every year, but now it have been suspended because of problem with getting oxen.

In this festival, the Matarajin diety dressed in white appears and wearing a strange mask from darkness riding on a black ox.

He climbs onto the altar in front of the temple accompanied by four Oni. All of them wear strange paper masks. Matarajin starts reading prayers. The mantra is very long with a deliberate slowness. The oni and audience try to disturb reading. Nobody have any idea what it means, but if Matarajin makes a mistake, he has to read it all over again.

Finally, Matarajin and the oni run down the altar and rush into the temple and then it will be finished.

Kyoryuji has many important pieces of cultural heritages. In those of them, “Hōkan Mirokuwooden (image of the Bodhisattva Maitreya sitting contemplatively in the half-lotus position)” is one of the Japanese national treasures and it is amongst the rare objects that are preserved and displayed at there.

For the reasons mentioned above, Kyoryuji is worthy to visit when you come to Kyoto.

Another convenient destination on the Randen line is the Omiya area and the Saiin area. Visiting these areas, you will be able to feel local atmospheres rather than tourism spots. A similarity between the Omiya area and the Saiin area is affluence of small restaurants like cafes and izakayas (kind of Japanese pubs), and these are perfect places to have lunch or have a rest. Also there are some temples and shrines there and those are quiet and you can probably feel their atmosphere.

Gyoza no Osho Omiya
Gyoza no Osho is one of the biggest and most famous chain restaurants of Chinese food in Japan. It started business in 1967, and there are around 740 shops in Japan, according to the official website of Gyoza no Osho. You can go to the head store of it when you visit Omiya. Gyoza no Osho is famous for the unique set menus each shop possesses, and surely, there are a lot of unique ones in the head store, such as Omiya Teishoku, Osho Set, Ramen Set and so on. There are so many menu items to choose from but a strong recommendation might be their dumplings. The word “gyoza” actually means a dumpling, and you will probably understand that the dumping is popular in this store judging from the name of it. An order of gyoza is amazingly tasty and cheap (about 250 yen). Some people might think they would like to try Japanese food during the stay in Japan, but although gyoza originally came from China, Japanese people have been eating and enjoying them for hundreds of year. Please eat some gyoza and Chinese food here so that you can get to know why Gyoza no Osho is so famous among Japanese.

Kasuga Shrine Saiin
Kasuga Shrine is located in the Saiin area and it is beautiful and calm red shrine. It is a huge building but decent sized and hidden in residential neighborhood, but it still worth visiting there. Moreover, if you visit Japan in October, this shrine holds a festival named Kasuga Festival every year on the second weekend of October. Although this festival is not also so big compare to Gion festival, it has an ancient and honorable origin, and you can see mikoshi (portable shrine) and people wearing traditional cloth. A lot of street stalls are also available, so you can enjoy Japanese-style festival there.

There are so many places and restaurants to visit in the Omiya area and Saiin area, but not room in this short article to introduce them all. There must be many splendid restaurants, shops and other places there. It is one option to search some places and restaurants and there are a lot of small shops, so visiting by yourself and finding wonderful ones is also enjoyable another option.
In addition, Saiin is very conveniently located to take advantage of buses towards to Kinkaku-Ji, Nijo-jo, Kawaramachi and so on. Choosing the Omiya and Saiin areas as just the interval of your journey will surely make you satisfied.

Randen Tour

by Kensei Iizuka, Takanori Tsuhako, Yuta Kobayashi

What is the best way to do sightseeing on the west side of Kyoto city? On this page, we recommend useful and comfortable transportation: a tram named Randen.

The Randen Keifuku Line is a tram which runs from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama with a total of 13 stations. In the day time, it runs 6 times per hour. Usually it is one car long, but at rush hour and at the height of the tourist season, it is two cars long.

Merits of Using Randen

There are several advantages to using the Randen. First, the Randen is punctual. If you use a bus for sightseeing, it will be late because buses are often late. On the other, the Randen is never late. In addition, because it runs 6 times per an hour, you can plan your trip by the minute. Second, it is not crowded, so you can ride it very comfortably and don’t need to worry about your big baggage. Finally, it is fast. It only takes about 1~2 minutes to move to the next stop, so you can save your time to do sightseeing.

Fare for Randen

You can buy a Randen one day pass at Shijo-Omiya (A1), Katabiranotsuji (A8), Arashiyama (A13) or Kitano-Hakubaicho (B9). It costs 500 yen and with it, you can ride the Randen all day without limit. If you board the Randen without a one day pass, you have to pay 220 yen (adults) or 110 yen (children, between 6~12 age) per ride. Once you board, all you need to do is pay or show your one day pass when you get off the train. At Shijo-Omiya, Katabiranotsuji, Arashiyama and Kitano-Hakubaicho, you have to pay or show your one day pass at the ticket gate.

Famous Spots Along the Randen

KORYUZJI


Located in Uzumasa, the Koryuji temple is one of the oldest pieces of architecture in Kyoto. This temple was established approximately 1,300 years ago and is dedicated to Shotoku Taishi, one of the founders of Buddhism in Japan. As soon as you enter the temple, you can walk on the stone-paved road. On both sides of the road, a wide range of trees, such as pine, is planted. Moreover, you can go to the Toei Uzumasa Movie Park, which is just a 5-minute walkfrom Koryuji temple. This is kind of historical theme park in which you feel like you are back in Edo era, with samurai, ninja, and geisha. The nearest station of these spots is Uzumasa Koryuji Station (A7).

KURUMAZAKI SHRINE


Located in Saga, the Kurumazaki Shrine is dedicated to the Confucian scholar, Kiyoharano Yorinari. This shrine is well known for its religious stones, so many tourists go there to get fortune stones to make their wishes come true or to remove bad luck. There is strange way of wishing, which is to write down your name on a human-shaped piece of paper and then put it into a box while making your wish. Inside the shrine, there is a sub-shrine, called the Geino shrine. A lot of famous entertainers in Japan visit here and they write their name or group name on a red stick for their success in the future. The moment you get off the train at Kurumazaki Shirine Station (A10), you can see the shrine in front of the station.

ROKUOUIN


Here is a Japanese beautiful garden Before reaching this garden, you go through a road covered with various kinds of vivid green trees. You can feel nature strongly here, even though you are in the middle of Kyoto city. The nearest Randen station is Rokuoin Station (A11). It is about a 7-minute walk to reach the garden.

HOGONIN


As soon as you enter this temple, you will start to feel very calm because there is extreme quiet or only a tweet of some birds. The period you can enter there is limited to only the spring and autumn. In both seasons, you can see a great garden, which contains some beautiful red trees in the autumn. The nearest Randen station is Arashiyama Station (A13). You can also enjoy some famous sightseeing spots, such as the Togetsukyo bridge and the Bamboo Road in Arashiyama.

OMURO NINNAJI TEMPLE


Omuro Ninnaji temple was registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Construction began in 886 and was finished two years later. In the spring, this temple is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms. The nearest Randen station is Omuroninnnazji Station (B5). In front of the station, there is restaurant where you can eat traditional Indian curry.

RYOANJI TEMPLE


Ryoanji is also World Heritage site. It has the most famous rock gardens in Japan. You can feel wabisabi (the art of imperfection) in this sophisticated garden with no chaos at all. One interesting way of observing this garden is when you focus on stones in the garden. From any angle you can’t see all the stones at one time. The last stone is definitely hidden behind another stone. The nearest Randen station is Ryoanji Station (B7).

TOJIIN


Here is placed in near Ninnaji temple and Ryoanji temple and was established in 1341, Muromachi era, by Takauzi Ashikaga who is the founder and first shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate. There is also beautiful garden inside here. Furthermore, you can see the tea-ceremony room, which is completely sophisticated and extremely Japanese shape of culture. Nearest Station is Tojiin Station (B8).

Model Randen Sightseeing Plan

Let us suggest a sightseeing plan for using one-day Randen ticket. First, your Randen trip starts from Shijo Omiya station. Take the tram for 13 minutes to Uzumasa-Tenjingawa station. There you can visit Koryuji temple.

Next, take the tram from Uzumasa-Tenjingawa station. to Kurumazaki-jinja station. You can visit Kurumazaki-shrine there. Then, take the tram to Rokuoin station. It’s the next station from Kurumazaki-jinja station. Walking a short distance from the station, you will find Rokuoin.

After that, take the tram for Arashiyama station. The station is really nice and wonderful. They sell a lot of food and souvenirs. You can also enjoy a foot-bath there. Arashiyama has a lot of places to visit, but we recommend you visit Hougenin if it is the right season of the year. If you show your coupon, you can get some presents.

After you enjoy your stay in Arashiyama, take the tram again and get off at Katabirano-tsuji station. When you get off the tram at this station, you don’t have to show your one-day ticket. Change trains at the station, and get off at Omuro-ninnaji station. It’s the fifth station. There is a wonderful curry and rice restaurant right front of the station. We recommend you have some nice lunch there. After having lunch, you can visit Ninnaji temple.

Once you have seen Ninnaji, go back to Omuro-ninnaji station. and take the tram to Ryoanji station. It’s the second station. From the station, walk about 10 min. to arrive at Ryoanji temple. After visiting Ryoanji, finally, take the tram again and get off at Tojin station. It’s only a 5-minute walk.

That’s the best plan for using your one-day Randen ticket. You end up taking the trams nine times, and if you haven’t bought the one-day ticket, you would have spent over 2,000 yen!

Shijo-omiya sta. Start
↓ 13 min. 6 stops
Uzumasa-koryuji sta. Koryuji Temple
↓ 7 min. 3 stops
Kurumazaki-jinja sta. Kurumazaki Shrine
↓ 1 min. 1 stop
Rokuo-in sta. Rokuo-in
↓ 3 min. 2 stops
Arashiyama sta. Hogenin
↓ 8 min. 5 stops
Katabira-no-tsuji sta. Change Trains
↓ 7 min. 5 stops
Omuro-ninnaji sta. Lunch, Omuroninnaji Temple
↓ 3 min. 2 stops
Ryoanji sta. Ryoanji Temple
↓ 1 min. 1 stop
Tojiin Tojiin

Unterwegs mit der Keifuku-Bahn

by Fumi Abe

 

Unterwegs mit der Keifuku-Bahn und ein kleines Onsen-Erlebnis

„In Kyoto ist es am besten mit dem Bus unterwegs zu sein. Man kann mit der Bus-Tageskarte, die 500 Yen kostet, in fast alle Stadtbereiche fahren.“, sagt man oft. Aber ist das wirklich so? Die Busse sind oft verspätet, auch in Japan. An Wochenenden oder in der Hauptreisezeit sind die Verkehrsstaus oft schrecklich.

Deshalb empfehle ich Ihnen, die Keifuku-Bahn zu nehmen, die im Westen von Kyoto fährt. Es gibt zwei Linien, die Arashiyama-Linie (von Shijō-Ōmiya bis Arashiyama) und die Kitano-Linie (von Katabiranotsuji bis Kitanohakubaichō). Sie hat den Spitznamen „Randen“. Es ist eine sehr kleine Bahn. Normalerweise fährt sie mit nur einem Wagen, aber in der Saison, im Frühling und im Herbst, wird noch ein Wagen angehängt.

Wie fährt man mit der Keifuku-Bahn?

An den Endstationen jeder Linie kann man die Fahrkarten kaufen. Sie kosten immer 200 Yen Einheitspreis. Es gibt auch eine Tageskarte, die kostet 500 Yen. Wenn man an einer Station unterwegs einsteigt, kann man einfach ohne Karte einsteigen. Der Einstieg ist die hintere Wagentür. Natürlich kann man nicht schwarzfahren. Wenn man aussteigt, muss man die 200 Yen an der Kasse vorne beim Fahrer bezahlen.


Wohin kann man fahren?

Mit der Keifuku-Bahn kann man zum Ryōanji-Tempel (Station Ryōanji), zum Myōshinji-Tempel (Station Myōshinji), zum Ninnaji-Tempel (Station Omuro-Ninnaji ), zum Kōryūji-Tempel (Station Uzumasa-Kōryūji) und nach Arashiyama fahren.

Fußbad in der Station Arashiyama

An der Station Arashiyama gibt es noch einen besonderen Grund, warum ich Ihnen „Randen“empfehle. Dort gibt es ein Fußbad auf dem Bahnsteig! Das Bad wurde 2004 gebaut und ist jetzt eine sehr beliebte Attraktion. Die Benutzung kostet 150 Yen, ein Handtuch ist im Preis inbegriffen. Wer eine Tageskarte für die Keifuku-Bahn hat, muss nur 100 Yen bezahlen.

Wie badet man seine Füße im Fußbad?

Zuerst ziehen Sie die Schuhe aus und stellen sie in das dafür vorgesehene Regal. Dann waschen Sie sich die Füße. Danach baden Sie die Füße im Fußbad! In etwa 10 Minuten können Sie Ihre Füße erfrischen und sich von den Stapazen des Ausflugs erholen.