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Some propositions of routes...

Kyoto-1 Discover the essential of Kyoto visiting its covered market (Nishiki), the traditionnal district of Gion, Yasaka shrine, Maruyama parc, Nene no michi and Ishibei kouji paths, then, depending on your interest, visit of Ginkakuji, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha or meeting with a maiko (only in the weekend).
Kyoto-2 Discover the northern remote temples of Kyoto : Daitokuji, Entsuji, Saionji, Myorenji, Jinko-in, Myoenji, Yusenji, Shisen-do, Rinkyuji, ...
Kyoto-3 Historic route, the 19th century : Heian-jingu, Murin-an, Suirokaku, ...
Kyoto-4 Visit the traditionnal district of Gion, Yasui-konpiragu shrine, Rokudo-Chinnoji temple and the famous ceramist Kawai Kanjiro's house.
Kyoto-5 Discover the most beautiful sites of Kyoto and local craft industry : the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji), Ryoanji and Daitokuji zen temples, kimono craft industry's district (Nishijin) and a Japanese cake shop.
Kyoto-6 A walk in the heart of the countryside, in the North of Kyoto, followed by an open-air bath (rotenburo).
Kyoto-7 The town of Uji, in the South of Kyoto, is wellknown for Japanese green tea, consumed by the imperial family, the museum of the Tale of Genji (a novel by Murasaki Shikibu) and the Byodo-in temple.
Kyoto-8 Discover how is made the Japanese rice alcohol in one of the numerous brewery of Fushimi district, then go through the countless torii of Fushimi Inari shrine.
Kyoto-9 In this village, in the North of Kyoto, you can visit lots of temples (Sanzen-in, Raigo-in, Jakko-in), make vegetable painting (Ohara koubou workshop) and have a meal with organic produce in Wappa-do restaurant.
Kyoto-10 A lovely fishermen village, in the North of Kyoto prefecture, with typical houses, a fish market, a sake brewery and a wonderful panorama on the Japanese Sea.
Kyoto-11 Discover Kayabuki-no-sato, a hamlet of thatched cottages, savour venison in breadcrumbs at Kajikaso and discover the story of this village in the house of archives.
Kyoto-12 Visit one or several zen temples: Tenryuji, Nanzenji, Kenninji, Ryoanji or Tofukuji
Kyoto-13 For those found of martial arts, you can attend to or take part in a lesson of martial arts in a dojo.
Osaka-1 Visit Osaka's market and the church of the famous architect Tadao Ando (you can also attend to the mass).
Osaka-2 During World War II, Osaka was practically razed to the ground by bombardments. That's why old monuments are quite rare. Discover those historical sites (castle, Tenno-ji temple and Sumiyoshi shrine) through this route.
Shiga-1 The lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. Its name comes from its shape, that look like an instrument of music called biwa. In the North of the lake, there is a small isle on which there is a temple. Take the boat and have a look on this beautiful scenery from the top of Chikubu shima.
Shiga-2 On the road between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, Omi Hachiman was a thriving shopping area during Edo period. Traditionnal houses have been kept as they were. Take the cable car and have a look to the lake Biwa. Then go to Hikone to discover its garden and its castle. You'll maybe meet Hikonyan...
Shiga-3 In the North of the lake Biwa, you can rent bicycles in Nishiazai to travel all over the countryside and the shores of the lake. You'll discover temples, shrines and wonderful sceneries.
Nara-1 Depending on what you like best, discover Todai-ji temple, Kofuku-ji temple, Kasuga-taisha shrine, the national museum or the parc of Nara, mount Wakakusayama, the floating pavilion Ukimido, the Japanese garden Isuien, Naramachi district or Mochiidono arcade.
Nara-2 Depending on what you like best, discover the remains of the Heijokyo palace, Toshodai-ji temple, Yakushi-ji temple, Horyu-ji temple or Hokki-ji temple.
 

 

 

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