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Autumn Lantern Night at Murin-an Garden, Kyoto; 18th – 23rd November 2017

Source: deep kyoto

Many thanks to Anika Nagahiro for contacting us about this very special event…

Murin-an Lantern Night

Meet the gardeners and enjoy the autumn leaves.

A place of scenic beauty, opens its doors at night for a get-together with the
gardeners. Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of autumn leaves while chatting with the
garden artisans.

Place: Murin-an Garden, Kyoto
Date: 18 – 23 November, 2017
Time: 17:30 – 21:00
Fee: 600 Yen (+400Yen for 2nd floor)

Details: At the autumn foliage’s peak, Murin-an invites you to a unique lantern night, revealing anew the garden’s beauty and soothing charm.

In collaboration with light designer Nagamachi, the spotlights are set softly, lighting up the scenic points
of the garden, while the artisans who daily nurture and care for the Japanese garden are on site to elaborate on their work.

There will be both lectures on the gardens as well as free talk sessions with the gardeners. Having
received high acclaims for the garden lectures at the previous light-up event in May, there will be 3
guides per evening this time (15min each).

In the free sessions, there will not only be a skilled garden artisan, but also a young apprentice
attending. It will be a chance to talk freely about the gardeners’ work, the techniques and maintenance
methods they apply, or about episodes from their time as an apprentice.

This autumn we invite you to be part of a more personal and enriching autumn foliage night, a must-see
for both Japanese and foreign visitors.

Sponsor: Ueyakato Landscape (Designated management)
Patron: Kyoto City Tourism Association │ Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Contact: Murin-an OfficeKyoto
606-8437 Kyoto, Sakyo-ku, Nanzen-ji, Kusakawacho 31
TEL & FAX: 075-771-3909
Kenta Deguchi, Murin-an Garden director

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50 Day Trips from Kyoto You Just Have To Know About

People always ask me about good day trips from Kyoto or Osaka. Especially if you have allotted quite a bit of time for the Kyoto region and fear to get bored, it’s good to know what else you could do. And if it’s your second or third trip to the region, then you might want […]

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The 10 most popular attractions in Kyoto and how much they cost to enter

There are myriad lists out there in the ether documenting the most popular temples, shrines and other attractions in Kyoto. Whatever the order or rank however, it’s likely that any list of 10 Kyoto attractions will feature the usual suspects with perhaps one or two curve balls thrown in. This is the case with the list that we referenced in order to put together this post about how much it costs visitors to enter these top spots. We went with that produced by Japan online travel booking site “Jalan” (じゃらん) – it’s local, widely read, and the list is based on user rating. Anyway, we could have used another list or just given it our best guess. The point here is about how much Kyoto’s marquee attractions cost to get in. We also look at how much they cost to get from the major travel hub of JR Kyoto Station. While we understand that travellers will not be going back and forth between this station and each site, the aim to give some background as to the potential travel expenses. We look at Kyoto travel passes at the bottom of the post.1: Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社)The name might be a bit of a tongue twister which may not immediately spring to mind any images but chances are, if you’ve been anywhere near sniffing distance of Japan, you’ll have seen images of this shrine located in Inari in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Fushimi Inari-taisha is the one with all those blood orange torii gates that create a kind of tunnel effect along mountain trails that sprout from the shrine’s main buildings. Entrance: Fushimi Inari-taisha has an English-language website that makes no mention of an entrance fee. Maybe this is because there isn’t one, although you’d think that this would come up in the “frequently …continue reading


Blog spot Japan: The Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Tokyo

As a mode of inter city transportation anywhere in the world, the Shinkansen must take some beating. Travel has surely never been this intuitive, hassle free and smooth. However, as smooth as these bullet trains might be, how do they fair as a temporary office, a place to get some work done or in this case, write a blog post, which is what we are doing now … on the Shinkansen? Let’s take a look.Tools of the tradeFirst of all, what are we working with? This Shinkansen blogger is currently loosing off these words on a MacBook … and that’s pretty much all I can tell you about it other than to say that it’s light, slim and fits pretty well on the drop down table of the Shinkansen seat. I’m currently off line and am writing this draft on a simple text editor. The cell phone is on hand for some tethering when I need to get online to upload this post.The Shinkansen being ridden is a Nozomi between Kyoto and Tokyo stations. That should give me around 2 hrs 20 mins to finish this post. It’s currently light outside but will be at least past sunset by the time we roll into Tokyo.An early gripe about blogging on the ShinkansenInternet connection. The lady on the automated announcement system tells me that wireless free Internet is available on this Shinkansen but I can’t find it. In fact I never have been able to. Maybe someone can tell me how silly I’m being in the comments at the bottom of this post.I suppose what is good about blogging on a Shinkansen is the pretty comfortable seats. Compared to, say, a coffee shop where seat choice might be something …continue reading


The Millennials, Kyoto - Where work and play come with naps and free beer

The timing of this trip to Kyoto for a stint of work and an overnight stay at new, well, capsule hotel “The Millennials” seems apt. Tokyo recently launched its “Jisa Biz” campaign – a well meaning but very much up against it effort to create a bit of space on the trains into central Tokyo of a morning. Heading into Tokyo to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto this very morning, the notorious Tozai Line seemed to be groaning under the usual strain of too many bodies trying to get to the office at the same time. The contrast between this morning’s Tokyo rush and the current environment in which this expat is typing these very words couldn’t be starker. Here I am …This is the lounge cum kitchen cum social area of “The Millennials” a new concept in overnighting on a reasonable budget and a place where work, play, being social, napping and even free beer blend seamlessly. It is basically everything that my morning commute into central Tokyo is not – tasteful, progressive, without fuss, comfortable and emphatically a place where I would prefer to conduct my working life. I’m one of the lucky ones, “The Millennials” doesn’t open until tomorrow, so for now there are just a few of us here with the press, pitter pattering away on our laptops sat atop organic looking work spaces with our bottoms on trendy stools, comfortable sofas or chairs. I can hear a track by Solange playing on the sound system and somewhere below me, the other side of the near floor-to-ceiling windows, Kawaramachi-Dori is busying itself for another Kyoto evening. Here the lines between work and play are blurred (or maybe it’s the free beer – you pour it yourself).But this is OK, the …continue reading