Category Archives: Secret Spots

KINKOKAKU – a secret hideout Ryokan in TOKYO

Japanese Ryokan

Do you prefer to stay in a Western style hotel or in a very unique place that you can never experience other than Japan? please give a thought for staying at a “Ryokan”, a Japanese classic and traditional style accommodation. You can in fact stay at a Ryokan even in a big city like Tokyo. Our recommendation is KINKOKAKU, in Akiruno-Shi. What is special about this place is that all their rooms are detached individual rooms like small houses. They have 5 different rooms/houses accommodating minimum 2 people maximum 8 people in one room. 3 of these rooms are location in front of River Akikawa. You would not believe this […]

No more than water, but gift from the god

matsuo-main

  Do you know the specialty foods of Kyoto? Tofu, yuba, sake, pickles, matcha, wagashi (artistic sweets), etc… Can you imagine what is the most important material for them? Yes, it’s water! There are so many active wells which have good quality water in Kyoto. I have ever been water spots a lot in Kyoto, but I think the spring water at Kamenoi in Matsuo Taisha Shrine is the best and really amazing! It is fresh, mild, magically sweet and very tasty. I understand why Matsuo Taisha is so-called “The Shrine of Sake”. This water must be the gift from the god!   Please visit there carrying empty bottle when you are […]