GLIMPSES OF GEISHA – A ‘VIRTUAL’ ART EXHIBITION

A first for Excursions Japan, I hope you’ll enjoy this online exhibition of Japan-influenced paintings by a friend of mine, Lillian Oishi. If you would like information on purchasing a print, or commissioning an original one, e-mail me at excursionsjapan@gmail.com An emerging young artist to look out for, Lillian Oishi, has a love of music … More GLIMPSES OF GEISHA – A ‘VIRTUAL’ ART EXHIBITION

Obama – Asia’s Original Gateway to Japan and Kyoto

Located on the Sea of Japan, the city of Obama is the closest sea port to Kyoto. In addition to a variety of marine products, goods from Asia (and the cultures that created them) were carried through the mountains along a system of roads now called the Saba Kaido or ‘Mackerel Highway’. A deep connection … More Obama – Asia’s Original Gateway to Japan and Kyoto

Reasonable Kyoto Dining: Some Personal Favorites

Searching for a restaurant in Kyoto can be intimidating and/or overwhelming. This is a list of places that I have wandered into, as a single traveler, without prior reservations. They are also appropriate for couples and small groups. I doubt that any of them are famous, but they are locations that I have re-visited and … More Reasonable Kyoto Dining: Some Personal Favorites

Kyoto Restaurant: Gion Mametora

When in Kyoto, Gion Mametora is a fantastic choice for those looking to dine on unique local cuisine. The restaurant serves kaiseki ryori, an elegant course menu based on what’s in season. However, its speciality is mamezushi – small, roundish, bite-sized sushi. Also called ‘maiko-zushi’, they were originally designed for Maiko (Kyoto’s apprentice geisha) so … More Kyoto Restaurant: Gion Mametora

Kyoto ‘Must See’ Kodaiji Night Illuminations

Kodaiji is one of Kyoto’s best temples, established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro in memory of her late husband, the feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Kita-no-Mandokoro’s nickname was ‘Nene’, and the cobblestone street lined with traditional shops and restaurants that runs just below the temple bears her name ‘Nene-no-michi’ (Nene’s street). Kodaiji is open daily from 9:00 … More Kyoto ‘Must See’ Kodaiji Night Illuminations

Kyoto ‘Top 3’ Recommended Courses for First Time Visitors

I’ve walked these areas again & again – and never get tired of them! However, with the overseas tourist crowds these days, I just skip the really famous temples (Ginkakuji, Kiyomizudera…) and focus on exploring everything else. Gion’s Kenninji Temple 1) Philosopher’s Path Take a taxi to Ginkaku-ji Temple. They will drop you off at … More Kyoto ‘Top 3’ Recommended Courses for First Time Visitors