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att.JAPAN Issue 58, December 2011

Dramatic Osaka/Kansai - Kyoto

 Things to Do in Kyoto in Winter

Even though Kyoto is very cold in winter, there are many things to do there. The quiet atmosphere of the many cultural properties during the off season is very relaxing. Some cultural properties including gardens, buildings, fusuma (sliding paper door) paintings, and statues of Buddha, usually not open will be open to the public from January 7 through March 18.

Sites related to Taira no Kiyomori, the head of the Taira clan in the 12th century and the main character of a TV drama to be broadcast from January to December in 2012, will be introduced. Dragon-motif temple properties will also be open to the public in 2012 in honor of the Year of the Dragon.

When visiting temples in winter, be sure to wear or bring thick socks since, with shoes off, the feet are chilled. Temples have different schedules and open dates may change so checking prior to an outing is also recommended. Visiting a minimum of three of the 13 venues and collecting three stamps, will get you a confectionary and green powdered tea at a specially registered place or shop. (Guidance is only in Japanese.)

Eastern and Central Kyoto: Hatto Hall and Kaisando Hall of Shokoku-ji Temple, Daikomyo-ji Temple of Shokoku-ji Temple, Choraku-ji Temple, Choko-do Temple, Byodo-ji Temple
Western Kyoto: Sanmon Gate of Myoshin-ji Temple, Rinka-in Temple of Myoshin-ji Temple, Gyokuho-in Temple of Myoshin-ji Temple
Southern Kyoto: Five-story Pagoda of To-ji Temple, Kanchi-in Temple of To-ji Temple, Sanmon Gate of Tofuku-ji Temple, Ryogin-an of Tofuku-ji Temple, and Unryu-in Temple of Sennyu-ji Temple
Inquiries: Kyoto City Tourism Association http://kyokanko.or.jp/huyu2011/2011huyutabi_1.html (Japanese only)

 

 Toei Kyoto Studio Park

In the past, many film companies shot period films at studios in Uzumasa, in western Kyoto City. Toei Kyoto Studio Park is a movie-related theme park that opened in Uzumasa in 1975, and undertook a large-scale renovation in autumn 2011.

A 5-minute walk from JR Uzumasa Station brings you to the studio entrance (Satsueijo-guchi) to the Studio Park. Stroll along the street adjacent Toei Kyoto Studio and feel the real atmosphere of a studio until you reach Attraction Square of the Park. Check out the open sets, including Edo Town, where period films and "samurai soap opera" TV dramas are shot. If you are lucky, you will see a dynamically skillful swordfight being filmed right in front of you. For an additional charge you can enter the Karakuri Ninja Yashiki to see the many clever devices and secret places ninja warriors used to trick enemies or the Obake Yashiki (haunted house) to be threatened by the vivid hauntings and scary ghosts. Or take in a Ninja Show or other must-see attraction. Why not don an Edo period costume such as an elegant princess kimono, traditional samurai wear or a ninja outfit and have photos taken on a real set? Past heroes of the Super Sentai series and the Kamen Riders series are exhibited and shows are performed by the characters on weekends. The Anime Museum and Ukiyoe Museum are also fun to visit.

Koryu-ji, the temple famous for its Seated Miroku Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) Statue that was the first registered national treasure in Japan is close to the park. There are other interesting sightseeing spots around the area. 
URL: http://www.toei-eigamura.com/

 

 Kyoto Kimono Passport

Wouldn't you like to stroll around Kyoto wearing a beautiful kimono? Dress in a kimono and show your "Kimono Passport" booklet to receive benefits at temples and museums in Kyoto. Information on where to rent a kimono is provided in the booklet. Pick up a Kimono Passport at "Kyo-Navi," the tourist center in Kyoto Station and other places in Kyoto Prefecture. 
URL: http://www.kimono-passport.jp/ (Japanese only)

 

 

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