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Kennin-ji

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Japan loves to rank its attractions, and Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple has been deemed the city’s ...

Ii Museum

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Samurai helmets, swords and body armour are crammed into a huge townhouse in backstreet Gion. ...

Gallery Haneusagi

FREE
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Textiles, video art, installations, sculpture and even paintings are shown at this three-room ...

Galerie 16

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

One of the city’s best contemporary art spaces, Galerie 16 has been running since 1962. In ...

Entoku-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

After visiting Kodai-ji, step across the street to see Entoku-in, a sub-temple that for 19 ...

Ebisu Shrine

FREE
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Known locally as ‘Ebessan’, this shrine was established in 1202 as a guardian of Kennin-ji. It ...

Choraku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Like a B-lister’s house on the Hollywood Homes Tour, this temple struggles to impress amid such ...

Chion-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The entrance to Chion-in, the head temple of Buddhism’s Jodo sect, is as imposing as it is ...

Ooe Nohgakudo

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Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Kyoto’s oldest Noh theatre was built in 1908, and had its last major refurbishment nine years ...

Kyoto Gyoen

FREE
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Before the emperor moved to Tokyo, the palace grounds housed more than 200 estates for court ...

Kongo Nohgakudo

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Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

The Kongo Noh school, one of the nation’s big five, has been performing for 26 generations. ...

Nano

Clubs  |  Sep 22 2009

This 40-seater live music venue is incredibly intimate, if a bit sterile. It feels like the ...

Lab Tribe

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Clubs  |  Sep 22 2009

For people who take their clubbing seriously, here’s a big, black dancefloor with little to ...

Yamada Matsu

Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

It’s not just green tea that gets the ceremonial treatment in Japan. The classical art of kodo ...

Wajigen Shizukuya

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Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

Women are spoiled for choice when buying kimono in Kyoto; men have to look a little harder. The ...

Omo

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Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

In a delightful store with a small garden, kimono stylist Motoko Morita will help you team a ...

Kanoko

Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

When Japan hosted the 2008 G8 Summit, the leaders’ wives all received a Kanoko kimono sash. ...

Iremonya Design Labo

Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

Kyoto designer Masaki Tokuda has a fascination with faces, adding smiles and sulks to ...

Ippodo

Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

Kyoto-ites will argue about the best green tea, but elsewhere in Japan one brand reins supreme ...

Comme des Garçons

Shops  |  Sep 22 2009

Rei Kawakubo designed this store, along with the avant-garde fashion that fills it. A curving ...

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