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National Bunraku Theatre

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Osaka is the home of bunraku (a traditional Japanese form of theatre, which features large ...

Nishi-Kyogoku Stadium

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Kanze Nohgakudo

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Kanze is Japan’s largest and Kyoto’s most prolific Noh school, and claims a direct line back to ...

Kashogama Pottery School

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Kiyomizu-yaki is a celebrated local style of ceramics that developed when Kyoto was flourishing ...

Gion Kobu Kaburenjo

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Most of the year, this is where geishas and maikos practice their routines; occasionally it ...

Kongo Nohgakudo

Recommended
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Kyoto Gekijo

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Modern dramas and musicals are the staples of this pristine 875-seat theatre inside Kyoto ...

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

Art & Leisure  |  Apr 15 2013

In the Edo period, kimono wearers stored their keepsakes inside small containers that hung from ...

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 ...

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 ...

Toei Uzumasa Eigamura

Recommended Major venue
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

It’s Universal Studios with samurai but without the rides in this movie-set theme park from ...

Hozu River Boats

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Funaoka Onsen

Recommended
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Miyagawa-cho Kaburenjo

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

For two weeks every April, the Miyagawa-cho geisha troupe stages its annual Kyo Odori show ...

Minamiza

Recommended
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

When Tokyo’s Kabukiza theatre is demolished in 2010, the Minamiza will be unrivalled as the ...

Gion Kaikan

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Double bills of second-run movies are the speciality of this half-century-old cinema, but in ...

Gion Corner

Recommended
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

This crash course in Japanese culture squeezes seven traditional art performances into less ...

Ooe Nohgakudo

Recommended
Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Kyoto Gyoen

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Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Kyoto Cinema

Art & Leisure  |  Sep 22 2009

Built by starchitect Kengo Kuma, Cocon Karasuma is filled with design-related concept stores ...

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