Kyoto

Tips and Articles in Kyoto

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I was having breakfast on the 17th floor of the Hotel Okura. One long wall of the restaurant is window, so I was overlooking half of Kyoto. Below was the Kamo River, flowing between old stone terraced banks. Beyond this was a patchwork of single-s...
Vera Gordon, a retired educator in Brooklyn, New York, is a garden-variety traveler. Literally. Like more and more botanically minded tourists, she’s traversed the globe to experience its horticultural hot spots—and returned with fresh perspective...
Making Merry Around Munich Thanks for Guy Trebay’s excellent article on Munich at Christmas. Well-bundled, my wife and I made our way around the city last December, attending a different orchestral concert almost every night. While the Christkind...
“We find inspiration in the oddest places,” says Kristina O’Neal, part of AvroKO, the design firm that rewrote the brief for great-looking restaurants with Manhattan hot spots like Public, Stanton Social, and Double Crown. “So we spend a lot of ...
While the megalopolis of tokyo catapults itself into the future, Kyoto—renowned for its temples, shrines, and vibrant geisha culture—has grown cautiously. Two years ago, the government banned rooftop and flashing ads and put a cap on building heig...
Reader's FindIn the tiny village of Chassigny, my wife and I found the perfect place from which to explore the region's châteaux and gardens. Clairefontaine (33-5/49-98-97-80; doubles $125) is a farmhouse that has been beautifully restored a...
Q: Can you recommend a stylish, well-priced hotel in Madrid? —Salvador Lopez, Austin, Tex. A: The 102-room De Las Letras H&R (doubles from $223), located on the city’s main thoroughfare, has new parquet floors and a wrought-iron elevator; book ...
Reader's FindIn Paris last summer I discovered an incredible bed-and-breakfast occupying a private barge on the Seine, docked near Notre Dame. The two Americans who own La Vie en Rose [888/866-4730 or 33-1/43-54-03-46, fax 33-1/43-29-79-15; www....
Though I lived in Japan for more than five years, I did so as a young imbecile: I never saw Kyoto in more than a perfunctory way and when I did it was with my mother's voice in my ears. The city's temple gardens—the carefully combed pebbles, the c...
ALEXANDRA PENNEY, author of How to Make Love to a Man and Sexiest Sex of AllPlanning a trip for my fiancé's 50th birthday (at the time he was just my boyfriend), I asked him whether he preferred Venice or Paris. A surfer, he wanted to go where the...
During my sophomore year of college, in the mid-seventies, I took a stroll after class one day with my Japanese teacher, an accomplished and, as I'd learned, complex woman in her mid-forties who'd come to Boston from Tokyo the year before. I was i...
Q: My wife and I want to stay at a ryokan during our upcoming trip to Kyoto. Can you suggest any that offer an authentic experience?—Patrick Meyer, Sausalito, Calif. A: Among Kyoto’s most illustrious ryokan is Hiiragiya (Nakahakusancho, Fuyacho...
It was back in 1994 when my great-aunt, a legendary figure in children’s books and the publisher of two volumes of poetry translated into English by Empress Michiko of Japan, returned from a visit to Tokyo with an extraordinary story to tell: she’...