Stay at Machiya

1. Just like Tokyo’s kominka (old-fashioned guesthouses), lodgings using Kyoto’s old machiya (townhouses) are on the rise.

2. Pan and Circus is a guesthouse in a renovated century-year-old pawnshop. It aims to be a “salon for young travelers from all over the world” and welcomes international guests. The bar space with the owner’s collection of antique furniture and works by various artists offers a pleasant place to socialize. You don’t have to stay here to enter the bar. Please go in and mingle with the guests.

3. Toshiharu Ryokan is a 100-year-old ryokan (old-fashioned inn) designated as a registered tangible cultural asset of the nation. Staying at this ryokan used to be by invitation only, but today anyone can make a reservation. At dusk, the courtyard is illuminated and guests can enjoy a charming view from their rooms. No dinner is served, but do take the okamisan’s (landlady’s) recommendations on restaurants. She will surely tell you about good ones in the neighborhood.

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Ikkyu-ji Natto
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Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
Café from another world
純喫茶
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Shiisaa
シーサー
Haarii
ハーリー
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BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Japan
VOCALOID
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Kinnikuman
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Picks
楊枝
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Daruma
達磨
Department store basement
デパ地下
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
ODEN
おでん
WASABI
山葵
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
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