Sunday, May 17, 2015

# One of the Best Hotels in Kyoto ♪ Kyoto Sightseeing Top 5 !!! + Foreign Visitors' No. 1 Fushimi Inari-taisha + Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

# One of the Best Hotel in Kyoto ♪ Kyoto Sightseeing Top 5 !!! + Foreign Visitors' No. 1 Fushimi Inari-taisha + Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei


Kyoto travel
Even today, many changes have taken place 
but for many Japanese,
they still have their impression of Kyoto since their first graduation trip!

Japan's best tourist attractions- Kyoto
It is always a good battle between Tokyo on the well-known website TripAdvisor.
Therefore, Kyoto and Tokyo are always the top 2 favorite destination places for foreign visitors.

Temples and shrines,
 exquisite food, 
wearing Kimono walking on the nostalgic street. 
You can say Kyoto gathers all the charm to experience during Japan Travel. 

If you haven't been to Kyoto, 
don't say you have been to Japan. lol
(The above photo is taken at Fushimi Inari- taisha, where it is selected as the No. 1 sightseeing spot in Japan by foreigners.)

Here!! We have pick a number of Kyoto representing sightseeing spots for you!!!
Let's go and check. See if you have been there yet??

1 in Kyoto 
Walk in Kimono

Wearing glamorous antique kimono walking on the street
We finally experience to see the real beauty is just like a beautiful painting.
Whether it is cherry blossom season or fall foliage season,
let's come and feel the charm of four seasons of Kyoto.

2 in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera (Temple)

It is also known as the temple of clear water.
Most of the visitor of Kyoto would definitely put this place to their journey list.
Located on the cliffs,
while overlooking the fantastic scenery, 
it helps us to forget the uneasiness of everything.

<How to go?>
15-min from JR Kyoto Station by bus no. 100 or no. 206,
get off at go-jo-zaka, and get on the slope, walk about 10-min
Taxi from JR Kyoto Station (estimated cost is 1700yen)

3 in Kyoto
Ninen-zaka/ Sannen-zaka

When you go down-slope from Kiyomizu-dera,
you will meet Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka (two historic streets)
It is said that if you fall down on the street, you will be found unlucky within 2-3 years.
In other words, it is like you will be living quietly and deeply in a mystery within 2-3 years.

<How to go?>
Walk from Kiyomizu-dera
Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka are connected

4 in Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion) 

 Surrounded by golden color
It is getting well-known since the release of a novel with the same name <The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1956)> by the Japanese author Yukio Mishima.   
The pavilion was burned down in 1950 and rebuilt again in 1955 with the public funding.
Through 2 times of golden coating, Kinkaku-ji is finally renewed.

It is also a world's cultural heritage, 
you would never wanna miss it.

<How to go?>
 38-min from JR Kyoto Station by Bus No. 205
Get off at "Kikakuji-do"

5 in Kyoto

It is the head shrine of Inari. 
Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshiped Inari.  
It has become the No. 1 favorite sightseeing spot of foreign visitors in 2014. 

 Fushimi Inari Shrine is made up of Senbon-torii(thousands of torii gates). 
It is also the shooting place of <Memoirs of a Geisha>.
Walking in this spectacular shrine of the road, 
made us feel like we are in Kyoto!
We will tell you more about Fushimi Inari Shrine later.

<How to go?>
7-min walk from Inari Station (5-min ride) 
Nara Line bound for Nara at JR Kyoto Station

HOTEL of Kyoto
A hotel with Kyoto sense of style 
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

The reason we chose this hotel as accommodation from numerous of hotels is 
its antique wonderful atmosphere in Kyoto.
What if we do not carefully take a look at it, we might walk through and miss it.

What is origin of Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei?

Shinmachi is a well-known cloth wholesale street during Edo period. 
This building is restoring the historic street appeared 100 years ago.
It is an ancient architecture retaining the tradition and with a perfect blend of modernity.

Its difference between other Mitsui Garden Hotels is 
a kind of elegant villas atmosphere
That is why it is named "bettei (Villas). "

<Hotel Information>
Address: 361 Rokkaku-cho, Rokkaku-sagaru, Shinmachidori,
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8212
Telephone: 075-257-1131
Check-in: 15:00~ Check-out: 12:00
7-min walk from Exit 22 of Shijo-station, Metro Karasuma Line
7-min walk from Exit 22 of Karasuma Station, Hankyu Kyoto Line
15-min by taxi from Kyoto Station

For reservation:

Let us check the charm points of this hotel full of sense of Kyoto-style!

Charm Point 1
Full of sense of Kyoto-style

Warmth of wood, Japanese shoji paper, settled brown color tone
Fusion of simple ZEN and modern style of interiors
Feel like you are totally surrounded by Kyoto

Charm Point 2 
Hot spring experience!

Hot springs in Kyoto? Artificial carbonate hot springs 

<Bath Information>
Free for all guests
15:00-25:00 (1:00 am) / 6:00 -9:00 

Charm Point 3
Japanese Rock Garden (dry landscape) in the hotel

What is Japanese Rock Garden?
A miniature stylized landscape through composed arrangements of rocks and sand as the image of traditional Japanese garden style!

Of course! If you wanna see the real and beautiful Japanese Rock Garden,
we strongly recommend Ryoanji

Ryoanji Temple

Charm Point 4
Kyoto Design

Looking to the garden from the lounge
A narrow patio can be found, which is directly connected to lounge from the entrance.
Modern furniture and wallpaper, the traces of ancient buildings can be found everywhere....

2014 Good design award
2014 Kyoto Design Award
2015 Michelin Guide of Kansai Edition

Indeed, you can experience the Kyoto Old & New fashion sense of space design here!

Charm Point 5
Excellent hospitality of Kyoto

The perfect combination of Japanese and international style of hospitality
That is why attractive foreign tourists visiting Kyoto.
All staffs here are professional and friendly. 
They also suggests sightseeing spot and provide plenty of information to guests.

After check-in,
let's start our journey in Kyoto!
First, we are heading to ...

▲ Fushimi Inari Shrine

Walking under this mysterious scarlet tunnel,
feel like we have gone into one of the scenes of the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha."
At first, we watched the movie because of the popular movie stars Zhang Ziyi and Ken Watanabe. 
Besides the content of the movie, we are totally attracted by the beautiful scene of this tunnel.
Longing to come to here!
And now, we can't image we are here to have chance to see and walk through Senbon-torii(thousands of torii gates).
Wow!!! Exactly the same as what we have seen on the movie.

<How to go to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine from the hotel?>
7-min walk from hotel, go to Kyoto station from Shi-jo Station,
take to the train to Inari station by the train bound to Nara (25-min)
Fare 350yen


If we take taxi from hotel to Inari Station,
it is about 20-min, 2000yen.

▲10 minutes from Kyoto Station 

Just 10 minutes by train
So naturally tourists gather together.

But this is also an interesting and precious to consider it a part of the "landscape."
Around Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,
indeed we can see a lot of foreigners wearing Kimono walking around the area.

▲ Popular sightseeing spot No.1 for foreign visitors!

Because of the popularity of Senbon-torii(thousands of torii gates),
it has now become a famous sightseeing spot for foreign visitors while visiting Kyoto.
Wow!  Indeed the No.1 popular tourist attraction!!
A majority of foreign tourists around!!

▲ Wow!! It is fox!!!

"Fox" is a symbol of Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
About its origin, there are many legends about it.
The more famous is
Fox helped the farmers to catch mice from eating the harvest. 
That is why it is said that 
foxes, regarded as the messengers blessing agriculture and business of people.

▲ Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine HIGHLIGHT!

A tunnel of Senbon-torii(thousands of torii gates).
Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese company or entrepreneurs.
Indeed the god here bless the commercial business and agriculture of people.

▲ Two entrances (or so-called exit)

The walkway (tunnel) of the  Senbon-torii(thousands of torii gates) has two entrances. 
But no matter which entrances you have chosen, 
two walkways will meet in the middle point.
One is flat at the beginning and getting harder and and harder.
One is a difficult at the beginning and getting easier gradually.
It seems like telling as the philosophy of life.
No matter life has ups and downs, laughter and tear.
Life is somehow ending up the same.
What a deep meaning to allow us to think about it.

▲ A refreshing walkway

Once walked through the Senbon-torii(thousands of torii gates) ,
we feel relaxed.
It seems getting rid of our uneasiness and worry of life.

Oh!! We are getting hungry!

▲ Mr. fox recommended food

It is said that fox of Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, 
their  favorite food is "Aburaage" (Fried tofu).
Sushi wrapped with aburaage is called "Inari" sushi.
Then, the undo with the aburaage on the top is called "Kitsune" udon.
Surely, you don't wanna miss these kind of info about food huh.

▲ SOUL FOOD of  the great Mr. fox 

Let's us have a try!!
Oh! It is a set!

Its favorite food, "Aburaage"
It really tastes good!!
Makes us wanna eat Inari-sushi all the time.

- This is a noodle restaurant nearby Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine -

▲ Get some luck back home!

Even if we just walk around the area of the shrine, 
you will definitely gain some positive energy and luck here!

Okay!!! Let's us get some luck from the great Mr. fox today^^

we care about our accommodation more is our trip in Japan. 
Although you would say it is totally fine to have just a place to sleep and take shower in the 20s, 
when you get used to the travel in Japan,
you would better find a nice place to stay during your travel!
It will then may become one of our main theme of your travel somedays.

When you recall your memory of your travel,
you would happy that staffs of your accommodations 
have friendly said to you like
" How was your trip?" 
"Is everything okay?"
A moment just make you feel warm and comfortable to stay!
That is why we like the unique flavor and color of each accommodation places.

This time we have found a good stay at a nice hotel for our ideal Kyoto Trip!
Expected to have a nice dream tonight^^

-to be continued-

(Fushimi Inari Taisha)

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

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