Yuki’s Tours 【During Short Tour・ October 23rd – 29th】


My name is Yuki.
I have lived in Kyoto for over 30 years, and have a company related to Kyoto’s culture.
I will be visiting craftsmen’s studios with you during your stay in Kyoto.

On your free days, I have some special tours for you!
Please check out our optional tours and enjoy your free days.
Sign up and enjoy our unique tour!

Tour name: Wagashi

●Wagashi (Japanese confectionery) making class
●Sanjyu sangendo temple
●Kyoto station area

Wagashi tour is a great way to have creative and delicious experience.
In this tour, you will learn how to make wagashi (Japanese confectionery).
The wagashi shop is near JR Kyoto station, and there are some popular spots nearby. Let’s enjoy creative and fun afternoon. 

1:00 PM   
Meet me in the lobby of Palace Side Hotel

1:30-2:45 PM
Sanjyusangen-do Temple
3:00-4:30 PM
Wagashi (Japanese confectionery) making class
5:00 PM ~
JR Kyoto station
We’ll split up when we get to the JR Kyoto station. Dinner? Explore the station? Going up to the top of Kyoto tower?
It’s up to you how you enjoy the rest of the day. We will be happy to help you with the ideas.

◆Sanjyusangen-do Temple
The temple name means literally “Hall with thirty three spaces between the columns”, describing the architecture of the 120-meter long (the world’s longest wooden building) main hall of the temple.

Sanjusangen-do Temple houses one of the most impressive assemblies of statues in the world as well. The statues are called “Kannon” and the thousand standing statues of Kannon fill the hall. It was originally built in (about) 1164, and has been rebuilt some times. Although the reason why it was originally built is unknown, the building still remains the gorgeous and magnificent atmosphere.

◆Wagashi (Japanese traditional confectioneries) making classWagashi is the traditional Japanese confectionery often served with tea, especially the types made ofmochi, anko(azuki bean paste), and fruits. Learn how to make your own! It will be fun if you liked playing with playdoh when you were a child… The best part… you can eat it! Enjoy your own wagashi with macha tea.

◆Explore Kyoto station
JR Kyoto station constructed on the 1200th anniversary of the capital’s foundation in Kyoto is worth exploring!
The tour ends when we are in Kyoto station, but we will be happy to help you to give you ideas where to go nearby. Also you can access to the subway Kyoto station easily to go back to your hotel.

・Kyoto Tower
Standing 131 meters tall just across from Kyoto station, Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is Kyoto’s tallest structure and a rare modern iconic landmark in the city famous for its ancient temples and shrines.

・Kyoto Tower Sando
It’s a new place for both locals and travelers to have fun night enjoying food. Kyoto Tower Sando is a big food court on the basement floor of Kyoto Tower.
They have Ramen, Sushi, Gyoza, Yakitori, Steak,  Matcha sweets, Craft beers, Sakes, Mexican tacos…a lot of different foods that makes you go around the area so many times to decide what to eat.

$90 USD
Included: English guide, Wagashi workshop, entrance fee, transportation
up to 12 people (minimum 2 people)

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Tour name: Nara
●Nara park
●Todaiji temple (big buddha)

Japan’s first permanent capital established in the year 710! Just one hour from Kyoto. If you are in Kyoto, why not “NARA?”

9:00 AM   
Meet me in the lobby of Palace Side Hotel
10:30-11:30 AM
Nara Park
12:00-1:00 PM
1:00-2:30 PM
Todaiji Temple (Big buddha)
4:30 PM
Arrive at the hotel

◆Nara Park
Nara Park is a large park which is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto (the traditional religion of Japan) to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s deer have become a symbol of the city and have been designated as a natural treasure.

Shizuka (Kamameshi restaurant)
The restaurant is located in Nara park. “Kamameshi” is Japanese rice pilaf cooked in an iron pot.

◆Todaiji Temple (Big Buddha)
Todaiji is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple’s influence on government affairs.

Todaiji’s main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world’s largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall’s size. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha  (Daibutsu).

$90 USD
Included: English guide, lunch, entrance fee, transportation
up to 12 people (minimum 2 people)

click here to apply for Nara Tour!




Kitamoto Master’s Kimono factory

Masuhiro Kitamoto, or “MASU” is a craftsman who dyes Kimono.

The sales of Kimono is said to be less than 1/6 compared to 1980’s-90’s…

So in this Kimono factory, Masu,a very friendly and funny craftsman is making Kimono fabric by himself. The special technique he is specialized in is called “Suri Bitta,” and
he is one of the very few people who has the same technique.
He is the 3rd generation of this family- run Kimono factory, but he says he will probably be the last generation.

But instead of being negative, he is trying to do different things.

One of his project is Handbag.

He is looking for a high fashion brand to collaborate with him.

The patterns and designs he has are limitless, and the material he uses are gorgeous.
(Silk used to make Kimono, and real gold leaf)

【What can TIME and DESIGN do for you?】

As the partner company, we are currently helping him to find a fashion brand to work on Handbag project with him. Since he is one of the very limited people in Japan who has skills and passion to work with foreign designers, he will be happy to have your contact. Please let us know if you are interested in working with Masu.