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Kyoto Trip

Date: November 27-28, 2023
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Join us for an intensive visit to Kyoto, spread over two days.  Activities below are listed in order of stunning beauty and sheer joy of visiting. Chronological order has yet to be determined and some activities still need to be confirmed. We will return to Tokyo on the evening of November 28.

You will make your own travel arrangements to depart Tokyo November 27 and arrive in Kyoto 2 hours 30 mins later by Shinkansen. Accommodation is the Daiwa Roy-net Hotel Kyoto Ekimae Premiere located across from the Kyoto Station.

Visit with a tour guide the Kyoto Geihinkan (Kyoto State Guest House) – a palace and a place of wonder full of exquisite examples of many beautiful traditional arts and crafts of Japan. The exhibit dazzles with the incredible skill used to create this display of Japanese work. We are most fortunate to be permitted to visit this new palace. 

View traditional Kyoto embroidery and meet Nagakusa-san and his wife, embroider/finger weaving artists.

Meet a Kiyomizu potter (blue and white ceramics only created in Kyoto).

Visit Byodo In Temple to admire the traditional artistry that created the elegant 

Temple. Set as the crown that is the jewel of the famous tea area of Uji. Visit a tea house in this famous tea area of UJI and enjoy lunch with Japanese tea or Macha Green tea flavoured ice cream for dessert. 

On November 27 evening, enjoy a traditional and delicious Kaiseki Banquet (traditional Kyoto Style banquet) at Karyo in the Gion. Consisting of multiple small dishes served one by one, kaiseki cooking is highly seasonal and rarefied. This style of Japanese fine dining is what inspired nouvelle cuisine and degustation menus. For visitors to Japan interested in food, kaiseki is a must-try. Gion is a famous Kyoto entertainment area -we will probably hear shamisen playing and may see a Kimono dressed Maiko San-Kyoto Geisha entertainer.

In order to ensure the most cost-effective trip for us, and to arrange transport in Kyoto, we need to know how many of you are considering joining this Kyoto tour.  We have tentatively booked for up to 15. Sign-ups will be first come first served.  This is an amazing opportunity to see Kyoto and its Kogei Arts up close and personal. At a cost but worth it.     

Please respond to if you are interested as it is helpful to have a tentative idea of the level of interest for this trip.

Co-Leaders: Wako Onodera and Ursula Bartlett