My name is Yuki Mizuki and I have lived in Kyoto for over 30 years. I have a background in design and have worked with several US companies for many years. I will be your guide for several days on the Kyoto Kimono tour when we visit craftsmen’s studios and participate in traditional textile workshops during your stay in Kyoto.

I have my own company in Kyoto that includes interior and product design projects as well as tours and events that feature Kyoto’s traditional culture and crafts.

On your free days, I am offering two special tours, exclusively developed for Kyoto Kimono tour members. These are optional tours scheduled on your free days and would be organized directly with my company, TIME and DESIGN.  Please check them out below!

I’m looking forward to meeting you all!


Tour name:  Kyoto Introduction
Oct. 13th (Sun)
 ●Kinkakuji temple
●Ryoanji temple
●Arashiyama area

Kyoto Introduction tour is an afternoon of sightseeing, creativity and deliciousness! I’ll meet  you in the hotel lobby and we’ll go by taxi to Sanjyusangendo Temple.  After that, we’ll walk over (or taxi) to the wagashi class.
After the class, we’ll walk over to Kyoto Station for a general orientation to the station.  The tour ends here but you can explore the shops, get a fantastic view of the city, and have dinner on your own.

8:45 AM   
Meet me in the lobby of Palace Side Hotel

9:10-10:30 PM
Kinkakuji Temple
11:00-12:00 PM
Ryoanji Temple
12:30 PM
Explore Arashiyama area
(taxi back to hotel)
Tour ends at Palace Side Hotel

JR Kyoto station was reconstructed in 1996, on the 1200th anniversary of Kyoto’s foundation as the capital of Japan. It’s new, modern, and full of places well worth exploring! The tour ends at Kyoto station, but I’ll be happy to suggest where to go nearby and make sure you can find your way.  You can return to the hotel by taxi or subway whenever you’re ready to go back to the hotel.  Here are a couple of ideas of things to see near Kyoto Station:

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

Kyoto Tower Sando is a big food court on the basement floor of Kyoto Tower. It’s a new place where both locals and travelers can sample a variety of Japanese food, including ramen, sushi, gyoza, yakitori, matcha sweets, craft beers, sake, and even Mexican tacos!  There are so many different foods that you may have to circle the room many times before deciding what to eat.

Kyoto Introduction Tour
$90 USD
Included: English guide, Temple entrance fees, lunch, transportation
NOTE:  minimum 3 persons, maximum 10 persons


Tour name:  Fushimi Inari
Oct. 16th (Wed)
●Fushimi Inari Morning walk
●Sanjyusangendo Temple

Fushimi inari Tour is a relaxing day exploring, Japan’s first permanent capital – established in the year 710! Nara is just one hour from Kyoto, and many visitors list it near the top of their “must do” experiences in Japan. I’ll meet  you in the hotel lobby and we’ll go by train to Nara.  We’ll visit Nara Park with its hundreds of deer that eat out of your hand, followed by lunch, and then to the famous Kodaiji Temple and its Big Buddha.

8:45 AM   
Meet me in the lobby of Palace Side Hotel
9:30-11:30 AM
Fushimi Inari
(walk in the same area)
12:00-1:00 PM
1:45-2:45 PM
Sanjyusangendo Temple
(walk in the same area)
3:00-4:30 PM
Tour ends at Palace Side 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)

This restaurant is located right in Nara park and serves “kamameshi” – a traditional Japanese lunch similar to rice pilaf cooked in an iron pot.

◆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 several times. Although the reason why it was originally built is unknown, the building still remains and offers a “gorgeous”, magnificent atmosphere.

◆Wagashi (Japanese traditional confectioneries) making classWagashi is the traditional Japanese confectionery often served with green tea, especially the types made of mochi, anko (azuki bean paste), and fruit. 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 after the class.

$110 USD
Included: English guide, Temple entrance fees, lunch, Wagashi workshop, transportation
NOTE:  minimum 3 persons, maximum 10 persons

To register, click below. I’ll invoice you for the payment as soon as the minimum number of guests apply.


Please sign up by August 15th!






TIME and DESIGN Inc. is a design company in Kyoto, Japan.

We work with the local craftsmen here to create furniture, fashion and other product designs.

We also share our knowledge of the wide variety of artisans here to people all over the world. Our services include taking people craftsmen studios , and helping other creators to collaborate with Japanese craftsmen.


About Yuki Mizuki

After 13 years of career as an industrial designer both for Japanese and American companies, she established her own design company in her hometown Kyoto.