Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Continuing into Higashiyama, you can
find some of the oldest streets in Kyoto in Ninnenzaka and Sannenzaka. You can get a taste of traditional Kyoto architecture and find some great shops to buy souvenirs and gifts. You can also hire a rickshaw for a guided tour of the area. Every now and then, you can see
couples on dates dressed in Kimonos or Yukata ambling along the cobbled streets. Ninnenzaka and Sannenzaka are conveniently located near to other areas such as Kiyomizudera, Kodaiji, Yasaka and Gion so there is plenty to see and do. 松原通り Matsubara Doori
On the lead up to Kiyomizudera, one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, is Matsubara Doori. This is another street with restaurants and traditional shops selling souvenirs and gifts. It’s quite a bustling area but perhaps one of the best places to take in the old Kyoto atmosphere.
舞妓体験 Maiko Makeover If you want to sample some more
traditions in Kyoto you can try the Maiko Makeover. For around $100 dollars, you can have a full Maiko makeover with souvenir photos as part of the package. You also get to walk around Kiyomizudera in the traditional Maiko Kimono. This isn’t just for the ladies as hapless
boyfriends and husbands can get roped into getting a picture taken of them wearing a Hakama and brandishing a samurai sword. I should know, it happened
京都弁 Kyoto Dialect
Here is a list of phrases and words in Kyoto dialect or Kyo- Kotoba. You might like to try them out on the locals on your trip to the city. Good luck.
The Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto
to me. Those photos are under lock and key now. The place I went to wasYume Koubou with three studios located in Gion, Kyoto station and Kiyomizudera. They were very profession and we had a great day out.
おいでやす Of course, this is not a
comprehensive tour but a humble kick start to getting your Kyoto trip planned. Again, try not to do too much in one
day and take in some of the more traditional areas at your own pace. There is so much to see and do that Kyoto will be waiting for your next visit.
This means “Thank you”. In standard Japanese this would be “arigato”.
何してはる？ おいでやす おやすみやす Nani shite haru? Oideyasu
This means “what are you doing?” and used the typical Kyoto verb ending “haru”.
This is used in shops and restaurants and means “Welcome”.
This means “good night” and is similar to standard Japanese which is “oyasumi nasai”.
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