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trip to kyoto

Postby Christoph K » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:50 pm

its traveling time again :-) - and kyoto is the place I've planned to stay for nearly two weeks.
My Iai teacher already compiled a list of places for me to visit since i've never been there before. Of cause i don't want to miss important places related to the iron brush, so i kindly would like to ask if some of you might have suggestions or maybe warnings ;-)
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Joe D » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:49 pm

I envy you!
The only things i found were the kiyomizu sannenzaka museum: http://www.sannenzaka-museum.co.jp/index_e.html and a sword dealer here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kyoto,+Kyoto+Prefecture,+Japan/@35.009257,135.782655,3a,75y,179.01h,83.37t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sEHmT6wwgE2KWlE4dxx6K3Q!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DEHmT6wwgE2KWlE4dxx6K3Q%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D255.69257%26pitch%3D0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x6001a8d6cd3cc3f1:0xc0961d366bbb1d3d!6m1!1e1
The sannenzaka museum didn't have a lot of fittings on display when i was there, but still beautiful work nonetheless.
The museums east of the river had a sword or two on display but really not an impressive spread.

If you need a place to eat i can recommend some places too. :cooking:

have fun!
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Christoph K » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:39 pm

Hi Joe,
i definitely will enjoy :-). Thanks for your suggestions and of cause tips for place to eat are most welcome to.
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Joe D » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:08 pm

sorry for the late response.

I dont know where you are staying but if you are living in a house and dont feel like making breakfast a good meal in the morning is hard to find. Breakfast isnt an eat out thing in japan. the only place i found near me that served breakfast was this place. https://www.google.com/maps/@35.0092485,135.7819687,3a,57.7y,219.04h,87.56t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-RvxxBEneAONxqiN4LS-_Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Okonomiyaki: https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E3%81%8D%E3%82%89%E3%81%8F%E4%B8%89%E6%9D%A1%E6%9C%AC%E5%BA%97/@35.0095109,135.7848071,74m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xdd8996181640aea7!6m1!1e1

Good curry (good everything) :https://www.google.com/maps/place/Okakita/@35.0137958,135.7844865,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x6aac4fd7598321c8

Good ramen: https://www.google.com/maps/@35.0085718,135.7705196,3a,75y,80.44h,87.86t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1syv3diJPy3r0qsKdvFTHX4Q!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

okinawan food: https://www.google.com/maps/place/goya/@35.0285256,135.787759,19.75z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x6d2ae537f95771e8

great soba. be sure to ask for the soba soup after you finish your entree, it is the drink of life: https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E7%86%8A%E5%BD%A6+%E5%B5%90%E5%B1%B1%E5%BA%97/@35.0134846,135.6758301,87m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x0:0x6d2ae537f95771e8!2sgoya!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x083f9881ab176b35!6m1!1e1

By far the best meal for the money. It was run by a mother and her daughter but i think the mom may have died because they changed their hours so i think they only serve lunch now.
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Christoph K » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:38 am

Hi Joe,

Wow :-). Thats a lot of places to check out. Thank you very much.
I guess i'll have to write a small followup post if i'm back home again.
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Darrel L » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:45 pm

The bus service in Kyoto is superb and 1 bus can take you all around the city. Starting in the Higashimaya district on Route 113 (Shichigo-dori), the Kyoto National Museum reopened last year and should have some national treasure swords on display. Just up the street is the Rengeon Sanjusengendo Shrine where archery tournaments were conducted for centuries. It also has a great hall of 1000 statues of Buddhist temple guards and gods. The bus turns left on Route 143 and heads north towards the Gion District. Beyond Gion there is a Craft Center (Google the map) which holds short classes in kyo-zogan (nunome zogan) on a daily basis. The classes seem to be very simple but could be an easy introduction. The shop also carries a number of books in English and all the staff speak English. Nearby on Nishimachi is a sword shop (Tamayama Meishitou) that sells fine swords and tosogu. The owner speaks fluent English and will let you examine anything. The same bus gets you to the Kiyomizu-dera temple complex and the Sannanzaka Museum. Their displays and publications are superb. Continue on to the Ginkakuji and then the Kinkakuji temple complexes. Back in central Kyoto, the Toji Temple has a flea market on weekends where I found good polishing stones and at least 1 sword dealer- If you have someone who speaks Japanese with you, he may let you handle his swords (I saw an apparently nice naginata, but was not so lucky. Exporting could also be a problem). Finally, the Kyoto Tower has a bar at the top and is a nice place for a night cap. Osaka is about a 40 min train ride away and is worth the time if you have the time.
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Christoph K » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:34 pm

Hi Darrel,
thanks for so much suggestions :-). Especially the kyo-zogan class seems like a perfect option for me while my wife is participating in some urasenke midorikai lessons.
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Re: trip to kyoto

Postby Doug Sanders » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:07 pm

If you're interested, there's the Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum too. Near Mibudera temple. http://www.netsukekan.jp/en/

Lots of contemporary work by an international group (including myself), some historical collections, beautiful setting.
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