Takes 1-2 hours
Interact with local people in the longest shopping arcade in Kyoto located south of Nijo-jo Castle, which spans 800 meters. Nijo-jinya has a special eye-catching structure similar to a karakuri yashiki, a house that accommodated the daimyo who served Nijo-jo Castle or the kyoto shoshidai (local governor) in the Edo period. Thinking about the stories of romance between Sakamoto Ryoma and his wife, Oryo, in the last days of Tokugawa shogunate, visit shrines that offer many different experiences of traditional Japanese culture. Have lunch at a Japanese café in an almost 80-year-old machiya building.
Visit Nijo-jo Castle, a World Cultural Heritage Site, and imagine the rise and fall of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Business hours: 8:45 - 16:00 (The castle closes at 17:00)
Access from hotel: 24 minutes
Traditional stores and cafes, variety shops and hair salons in renovated machiya houses operate amicably along the shopping arcade, which is 800 meters in length, the longest of its kind in Kyoto. See numerous restaurants, traditional butcher shops and greengrocers as well as the lives of local people.
Address: Hashinishicho Sanjo-dori Horikawa Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi (along Horikawa-dori Street)
Business hours: Differs by shop
Access from hotel: 15 minutes
This is a privately owned house. In 1944, Nijo-jinya became the second inhabited building to be designated as a national treasure. In 1950, it was also designated as an important national cultural property. Nijo-jinya was built in the early Edo period for use as a residence for rice traders and it also accommodated daimyo.
Address: 137 Sanbo-Omiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Business hours: 10:00-15:00
Telephone Number: 075-841-0972
Access from hotel: 20 minutes
This shrine has the largest and oldest tree in Kyoto. The tree is over 800 years old and is designated as a natural monument of Kyoto-shi. Many different experiences are available related to shrines, rituals and Japanese traditional culture by practicing the service of a miko (shrine maiden) and learning about Shinto. A class is also offered on Noh plays.
Address: 38 Imashinzaike Nishi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access from hotel: 18 minutes
Exuding the typical atmosphere of Kyoto, the Japanese café operates in a renovated machiya building that is almost 80 years old. Teori-zushi is a popular menu item among tourists as well as local people. It is colorfully topped with more than 40 ingredients, such as local vegetables, slices of seasonal raw fish and deli food. Use your hands to roll up your favorite ingredients. This style of eating cannot be found elsewhere. Discover a new combination of flavors.
Address: 189 Ubayanagi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
12:00 - 15:00 (last order)
18:00 - 20:00 (last order)
Access from hotel: 9 minutes