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Hotel Mume

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Hotels  |  Sep 22 2009

The thin tower of ferroconcrete doesn’t promise much, but ring the doorbell and the bright red ...

Cormorant fishing

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

In place of nets or rods, Uji’s fishermen use cormorants on leashes. The birds dive for the ...

Tale of Genji Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Proud of its prominent role in the world’s oldest novel, Uji opened this dedicated museum in ...

Triangle

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Clubs  |  Sep 22 2009

Run by the same folks as Kyoto’s Lab Tribe, Triangle is a cosy three-storey club with a rooftop ...

Onziemme

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Clubs  |  Sep 22 2009

There was a time when Osakans travelled to Kyoto for clubbing. Now, it’s the other way around, ...

Tsutenkaku Tower

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Tokyo has the Tokyo Tower, so Osaka had to build the 91m-high ...

Ohara Sansou

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

There’s no need to be a guest at this luxurious ryokan to use their indoor and outdoor hot ...

Sanzen-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The origins of this Tendai sect temple date back to 985. The buildings that now comprise this ...

Okumura Commemorative Museum

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Museum is too grand a name for a building that touts a ‘rest area’ as one of its main ...

Kofuku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

This temple was perhaps partly to blame for Nara losing its role as capital city. The emperor ...

Nishi-Kyogoku Stadium

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

The home ground of Kyoto Sanga FC, the city’s perennially under-performing J-League football ...

Taku Taku

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Clubs  |  Sep 22 2009

Once a sake brewhouse, now one of the city’s most popular live venues, Taku Taku has hosted ...

Ranhotei

Restaurants & Cafés  |  Sep 22 2009

The burly Canadian owner of Ranhotei looks more like a Bond villain than a tea master, but ...

Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Japanese whisky has been booming in the last decade, winning medals and market share worldwide. ...

Shugaku-in Rikyu

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Emperor Go-mizuno abdicated his throne at the tender age of 34 to focus on aesthetic pursuits, ...

Katsura Rikyu

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Perhaps the greatest garden in Kyoto. As you stroll through the 7ha site, an enchanting ...

Daitoku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Like so much of Kyoto, Zen temple Daitoku-ji was destroyed in the Onin War (1467-77). The monk ...

Hozu River Boats

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Take the aptly named Sagano Scenic Railway from Saga Torokko Station (adjacent to JR Saga ...

Le Plat Plus

Restaurants & Cafés  |  Sep 22 2009

Just far enough from the tourist trail to keep the hordes away, but always packed with locals, ...

Funaoka Onsen

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Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Technically it’s a sento (Japanese bathhouse) rather than an onsen (hot spring) since the heat ...

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