After living in Tokyo and London and traveling to many countries, I have come back to Kyoto,Japan, my hometown. Here you can find many historical places and nice Japanese style cafes and restaurants. I would like to share these things which make me stop and feel beauty in my daily life! I like traveling as it is nice to understand other people and cultures. It makes us feel a bit closer. I hope people who travel to Kyoto, Japan will have a wonderful experience!
I would like to talk about Japanese food and restaurants. Japanese
food has a lot of variety. Hope you enjoy many different Japanese
food during your traveling!
food is not just sushi and Sashimi (raw fish), which is most popular
Japanese food. There is actually a lot of variety! Dishes like
Yakitori (charcoal grilled chicken), Tempura (battered and deep fried
ingredients), and Shabu Shabu (thinly sliced beef cooked in a pot)
show that there are so many different things you can eat! But the
truth is that so many of these amazing foods are just too complicated
and difficult to prepare at home, and are normally enjoyed at a
restaurant. Only the best cooks make them at home.
home cooking is still really delicious as well! Home cooked meals
often include rice, miso soup, a number of small dishes of
vegetables, and some sort of main dish, maybe meat or fish. You can
eat this at a restaurant as well, and it’s called TEISHOKU (定食).
is healthy and highly nutritious as it includes a lot of vegetables,
beans, tofu and a little meat or fish. Usually it cost around 1000yen
or less if you eat out, which is a very reasonable price. And some
restaurants serve it all day, though this is normally enjoyed at
is one example of TEISYOKU.
such restaurant that I really like is called Harumi’s.
It was made by Harumi Kurihara, who is a popular and charismatic cook
in Japan. At Harumi’s the set comes with tea and cake too!
can find many restaurants which offer this Teisyoku style hear and
there. So please try to find delicious one!
usually search organic restaurants on internet when I want to eat
“Teisyoku” as they offer meals which have more organic vegetables and
brown rice and I feel really at home.
website introduce some website for TISYOKU restaurants. I am sorry
that all website is in Japanese but you can see and enjoy pictures
Before, I did not know much about Osaka. However, when I walked around Osaka, gradually it become very interesting. At the geggining I just waked around Kita, Umeda (Osaka Station City) and Minami (Nanba, Shinsaibashi). Especially I like to walk around Osaka Station City as Osaka station is like a town, really wide, beautiful and there are lots of shops and restaurants.
Osaka is the second largest modern metropolitan in Japan and among the largest in the world with nearly 19 million inhabitants. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo liver on Osaka bay, Osaka is Japan's second largest city by the daytime population after the Tokyo, and serves as a major economic hub.
Central Osaka is roughly divided into downtown and uptown areas known as Kita (north) and Minami (south).
Kita is home to the Umeda district and its immediate surrounding neighborhoods, a major business and retail hub that plays host to Osaka Station City and a large subterranean network of shopping arcades.
MInami is well known districts, include Namba and Shinsaibashi, the Dotonbori canal entertainment area, as well as arts and fashion culture-oriented areas such as Americamura. The nearby business districts is Honmachi and Yodoyabashi. Honmachi is wholesale district. So you can buy various things at very cheap prive.
The city's west side is a prominent bay area which serves as its main port as well as a tourist destination with attractions such as Kyocera Dome, Universal Studios Japan and the Tempozan Harbour Village.
Osaka contains numerous urban canals and bridges, many of which serve as the namesake for their surrounding neighbourhoods. The phrase "808 bridges of Naniwa" was an expression in old Japan used to indicate impressiveness and the "uncountable". Osaka numbered roughly 200 bridges by the Edo period and 1629 bridges by 1925. As many of the city's canals were gradually filled in, the number dropped to 872, of which 760 are currently managed by Osaka City.
I just started to see architectures of Osaka.
There are many temples and Japanese gardens in Kyoto. You can see historical architectures.
In Osaka, there are also beautiful architectures to see. There are historical buildings too, but all those buildings were built about 100 years ago.
You can see, maybe first modern buildings in Japan. Before in Japan there were only wooden buildings.
So modern buildings made by bricks are after Meiji period. By this meaning, those building are very important which need to conservation.
In Nakanoshima, there is a Naniwabashi station(keihan line), which was designed Tadao Ando, world famous architect. This subway station is different from any other subway stations. This is simple shape and beautiful.
Near this station, there is a Cyuo-Kokaido, which was built more than 100 years ago. This design is Europian style.
When I saw this building, it reminds me the building of the Chelsea college where I studied in London.
This building was designed by Japanese architect. I can imagine how he or engineering people studied hard and built it.
Inside the building, there is a beautiful hall which was also designed 100 year ago and really beautiful. In the past, Helen Keller and Gagarin talked at this hall. Around this area there are around 10 historical buildings.
It is amazing there are such historical buildings still remain in Osaka.
It is comfortable to walk around to see there reiver, buildings and bridges and beautiful trees and flowers in Spring. At night buildings and station, river side restaurants are all lighted up. If you want to feel more OSAKA atmosphere, go to Shinsekai. There is a symbol tower of Osaka, Tutenkaku and from station to Tustenaku, you can enjoy walking viewing some interesting advertisement of Osaka style. Some of my foreign friends say, "It is crazy". Maybe it mean very different, in a funny way.
Please explore Osaka if you come to West area! Food is especially very nice and cheap. People are very friendly and talkative, humorous!
When you come to Kyoto, you can also visit Osaka, Kobe, Nara and so on.
Those places are close each other. From Kyoto, it takes just for 30 minutes to go to Osaka.
It takes for 50 minutes to Kobe, Sannomiya. It takes for an hour to Nara.
You can do one day travel to those places.
Today I am writing about Kobe. I like Kobe as it is close to sea and mountains.
Town is also beautiful. I can be really relaxed there.
The Great Hanshin Earthquake hit Kobe in 1995, leaving in its wake more than 5200 deaths, 30,000 injured, 300,000 homeless, 110,000 building damaged.
However, now this city completely recovered and became a modern and new beautiful city.
You can enjoy shopping and eating at Sannomiya and Motomachi area. There are many nice shops, cafes and restaurants.
I think shops of Kobe is very fashionable and something different from other West area.
The Meriken park and Harborland is the best location to see the scenery of the port of Kobe.
It is beautifuklly lighten up at night. Mozaik is nice shopping place.
You can go up to Mt Rokko and Mt Maya by Ropeway and see beautiful night views of harbour and town.
There is a hotel on the top of HOTEL DE MAYA.
It is nice to stay there for a night. You can see beautiful night view from the room. On the mountain there is only this hotel. So it is very quiet and you are completely away from the busy town.
There is a Hyogo Prefectural museum of Art which was desinged by Tadao Ando.
He is one of the great architect in the world. I am sure that You can enjoy spacial experience there. This architectures makes harmony with city, sea and mountain of Kobe.
You can see how city, people recovered from big disaster after 20 yeas later.
Kobe people not only make new city but also tried to make same buildings or houses from the rubble.
Some people says that Kobe is the best place to live because of town, see and mountains.
Please enjoy one day or two days travel during your staying West area of Japan!
Arashiyama is very popular and nice to go. But you can also walk to north of Arashiyama area, Sagano, where the atmosphere become less touristy and more rural with several small temples scattered along the base of wooded mountain.
There is an attractive preserved town area near Adashino Nenbutsuji temple.
At the end of the preserved town, there is Otagi Nenbutsuji temple.
There are 12,000 stone statue whic was made by ordinary people. You can see different faces. I smiled a lot as I could feel this face is my feeling.
Budda statue usually have very calm faces. But these statue are like people.
This is Giogi temple. This is a small house where four women lived in Heian period.
The garden is beautiful with moss and maple trees and bamboo.
You can feel beauty by small things at the house and garden.
I went at 9:00 am, opening time. There is no people. So I really enjoyed the time being there, sitting in the room, viewing garden, walking garden for 30 or 40 minutes. I recommend to go early in the morning to Sagano.
Japan is an industrial country. Maybe you know some of famous country, like TOYOTA, SONY, CANON, NINTENDO and so on.
This company was established with by Kazuo Inamori in 1954. This company developed the technology of fine celamocs and started to make parts of tube television. In 1966, this company got a major order Celamic for IC. Then Kyocera entered a world top company in this field.
Later Kyosera diversify their business and developed cutting tools, artificial tooth root, solar battery, copy machine in the 1970s and the 1980s.
Kyosera grew into a top global company which has 270 offices, employs over 70,000 in the world.
You can see all products which Kyocers developed until now. It is very interesting to know what they could made and developed from celamic.
The art collection which Inamoto gathered also are shown in this museum.
Also the space itself is very comfotable, wide and open spaces.
If you are interested in technology, it is nice to visit.
This is south of Kyoto. So you can go to Fushimi inari which is most popular place in Kyoto or Tofukuji which has beautiful garden on the same day.
Tofukuji temple There is a bus from Kyoto station, Hachijyo exit, Kyoto Rakunan express or you can take Kintetsu line or subway to Takeda and walk to this museum.