Radiology in Kyoto, Japan - Things to do
On Sunday, our full day tour will increase our knowledge about Kyoto, coined as “spiritual heart of Japan”. Our first stop is at the most famous shrine in all of Japan, the Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji Temple. One of seventeen registered as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. You will marvel at the three-tiered gold leaf Zen temple whose history dates as far back as 1397 C.E. Our journey continues to the Arashiyama area to Hõrin-ji Temple, dating back to 713 A.D. as a place of pilgrimage for the Kyotoites. We will receive the special opportunity of a traditional blessing at the temple Dengengu Shrine – a Shinto Shrine dedicated to the electromagnetic waves of everyday life. We will enjoy a traditional Shabushabu lunch before heading to the area of Higashiyama. Kiyomizu Temple stands as a backdrop in an area where you can walk the stone paved streets, viewing traditional structures, shopping and treating yourself with local teas and snacks.
Tuesday morning try a hands-on approach in one of Kyoto’s famous cultures. We are offering the chance to create traditional Origami. Experiencing origami will help shed light on Japan’s culture and ancient deliquesces. Is it a game? A beautiful decoration? Or a serious piece of engineering. By the end of the morning, you may find the answer. This workshop takes place in an historic private house. Your host will show you the house and tell you about its history, and about the way Kyotoites have lived and worked for centuries.
Monday afternoon, we will have the chance to explore Teramachi. This area is a popular local and tourist area that offers an abundant amount of traditional shops, cafes and shopping opportunities. Keep your eyes open for the hidden theatres, temples and shrines that remind you that you’re not in just any popular tourism area! Located on a long, narrow, five block street, Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s kitchen, is our next adventure. One of the most iconic sights on this walking tour is the Rokkaku-dō Temple. It is notable for its hexagonal shape, and the fact that it is the home of the Ikenobo family and their centuries-in-the-development school of ikebana flower arrangement. The official name Chōhō-ji, and it is a Buddhist temple.
In the afternoon, we offer a trip to another of Japan’s UNESCO Heritage sites - Nijo Castle. Nijo Castle remains the third most popular sightseeing location for Visitors in Kyoto. Construction began in 1602 at the behest of one of Japan’s most powerful leaders ever, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The castle was placed firmly in the line of sight of the Imperial Palace to remind the then emperor of the power shift taking place in the country at the time. It was then used by successive shogun military leaders for 400 years until the shogun rule of Japan ended in 1868.
Our Wednesday afternoon tour will give us an in-depth exploration of Kyoto sake country in the Fushimi quarter. You need two things for great sake, namely excellent water and excellent rice.
Fushimi has both and has long been the center of sake brewing in Kyoto. This tour takes in a private visit to one of these craft breweries, dinner and tasting at a larger company, and starts with the protector of Fushimi, its rice and its sake production, Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine.
Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine is a large Shinto shrine well known for its multitude of iconic torii gates of various sizes, lined up like dominos taking you along a path through the shrine grounds.
The trek will give you your exercise for the day while being awe inspiring, energizing and meditational. Shinto is the native belief of Japan and Japanese people. It literally translates into English as ‘the way of the Gods’.
Today, in a traditional Japanese house with tatami floors & shoji screens of delicate ‘washi’ Japanese paper, learn the basics of kimono-wearing, then undergo the actual process of dressing, under the supervision of an expert, to experience wearing a kimono.
There is a perception outside Japan that kimonos are only for ladies, but that is not the case, with the word originally meaning ‘something you wear’ and covering the clothing of men, women and children. Men may even find Samurai ‘hakama’ trousers more comfortable.
Thursday morning is a special invitation to envelop yourself in two great Japanese cultural traditions; try on a kimono and experience the tea ceremony. The tea ceremony is quintessential to Japan, creating a special welcome that is the best way to settle in Kyoto.
The culture of kimono-wearing is one of the most charming and yet mysterious elements of Japanese life for the outsider.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the quieter and more popular Zen gardens in all of Kyoto. The quiet and meditative Ryoanji Temple is another of Kyoto’s celebrated UNESCO world cultural heritage sites. It is this temple that most people around the world envisage when thinking about a Zen rock garden.
This temple dates to the 11th century with some of the current precincts dating back to the 15th century. The large rock garden is thought to have been laid out in the 15th century. The time on this visit will be focused primarily on the rock garden. It is a large space consisting only of stones, rocks and moss.
There are various theories as to what this garden represents, but the most convincing of these is that its meaning is designed to be left to the imagination of the viewer.