- 1. Museum
- 2. Temple and other historical sites
- 3. Experience Onsen (Hot spring) in Kyoto
- 4. Cultural Experience or Workshop
- 5. Theater
- 6. Shopping
- 7. Others
Just before hot summer, the most rainy season comes to Japan. We call it “Tsuyu”.
From June to early July is that season in Kyoto.
This article is just to let you know how to enjoy in Kyoto under rain.
Since Kyoto was a capital city for 1,000 years and is the most historical city in Japan, there are various museums.
In the rainy day, those museum will be on the list of what to do in Kyoto.
From the followings, you could find the one you could have an interest.
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
If you like Sake, Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is worth-to-visit spot.
This museum is in Fushimi ward which is the most famous place for high-quality sake in Japan.
In this museum, you could learn the history, culture, and how to make sake.
Also, you can taste three different sake in this museum.
Entrance Fee- Adult:300 yen, Child (from 12 to 17 years old):100 yen, Under 11 years old: Free
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum :http://www.gekkeikan.co.jp/english/kyotofushimi/museum.html
Kyoto Railway Museum
You may be surprised by how punctual and how convenient trains are in Japan.
Actually, train is indispensable in Japanese society.
Kyoto Railway Museum is the biggest railway museum in Japan.
Here, you could touch the railway culture and learn the history of the railway innovation.
From the rich and massive collection, you must be overwhelmed.
Entrance Fee- Adult: 1,200 yen, University/Colleage/high school students: 1,000 yen, Junior high/elementary school students: 500 yen, Kids over 3 years: 200 yen
Kyoto Railway Museum :http://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/en/
List of Other museum
- Nishijin Textile Center
- Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum
- Furuta Oribe Museum
- Kyoto Cultural Museum
- Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan
- Hosomi Museum
- Kyoto International Manga Museum
- Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
- The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
- Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Comtemporary Art
- Kyoto National Museum
- Forever Museum of Contemporary Art
2. Temple and other historical sites
There are a lot of temples in Kyoto (app. 1,700).
Some temple has a beautiful garden and you can enjoy the view from the inside.
It is the special thing to enjoy the view and feel the flow of time while hearing falling rain, apart from the hustle and bustle.
Genko-an is known for two big windows. One is round and another one is square.
The round window is called “The Window of Enlightenment” and the square one is called “The Window of Confusion”
Since Genko-an is very quiet, it is a good place to enjoy the time.
Entrance Fee- Adult: 400 yen
Genko-an Temple : https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g298564-d1594880-Reviews-Genkoan-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki.html
Sanjusangendo Temple (Rengeo-in)
Forest of Buddha Statues is a nickname of Sanjusangen-do.
The temple hall is longest wooden structure in Japan and there are 1001 wooden statues of Buddha.
Every statues were made approximately 1,000 years ago for wish of gentle and easy death.
Since Sanjusangen-do is very close to Kyoto National Museum, visiting those two places is a golden route for rainy day.
Entrance Fee- Adult:600 yen, Child:300 yen
Sanjusangen-do : https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g298564-d321411-Reviews-Sanjusangendo_Temple-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki.html
List of Other recommended temples or historical sites in the rainy day
- Kennin-ji Temple
- Daitoku-ji Temple
- Ryoan-ji Temple
- Eikando Temple
- Nanzen-ji Temple
- Nijo Castle
- Nijo Jinya
3. Experience Onsen (Hot spring) in Kyoto
During a long trip, sometimes you feel tired.
In that case, let’s take a day trip to Onsen (Hot spring).
It is highly recommended not only as an experience, but also to cure your fatigue.
The followings are the list of Onsen in Kyoto.
List of Onsen (Hot spring) in Kyoto
- Nizaemon-no-yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/xQZqgubQmA62)
- Tenzan-no-yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/envFdiVzzeL2)
- Fufu-no-yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/mQojtMYRi922)
- Gyokkoyu Hijirinone (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/azoHXjV5KMH2)
- Mibu Onsen Hana-no-Yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/XVETmh1Sksr)
4. Cultural Experience or Workshop
In Kyoto, there are a lot of places offer you a tea ceremony because tea ceremony has been developed in Kyoto.
It is top of the things to do in Kyoto if you really want to taste Japanese Culture.
Since tea ceremony is normally provided under roof, it is recommended in the rainy day.
One of the most reputable places is Tea Ceremony Experience EN locates in Gion District.
But if it is far from your place, consider another place and check the location from the following list.
- Tea Ceremony Experience EN (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/Q8cY2eeAa542 )
- Ami Kyoto (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/DfH7VB2h62v )
- Tea Ceremony Camellia Flower (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/XvA33g9R5Ky)
- Tea Ceremony Room Ju-an (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/dr4uXkLZ2ix )
- Tea Ceremony Nagomi Arashiyama (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/DnNvyuohJEB2)
- Tea Ceremony Koto (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/kDcC4pq8kv12)
Other Experience or workshop
Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) Making Workshop
- Samurai Kenbu
- Samurai Juku
- Kyoto Samurai Experience Waraku
- Ninja Dojo and Store
Traditional Handicraft workshop
- Kyoto Handicraft Center
Gion Corner shows you seven kinds of traditional Japanese performing arts.
The Most famous one is a dance performance by Maiko.
It locates on Hanamikoji alley in Gion District and next to Gion corner,
there is Forever Museum of Contemporary Art known for Yayoi Kusama.
Around here, you could enjoy traditional performing art and contemporary installation art.
If you do not have any idea about what to buy or what to eat, visit and explore Nishiki Market.
There are App. 130 stores on a 400 meters of street with roof.
You can bite local foods and find a souvenir.
Business hour of most shops is from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Nishiki Market : https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3931.html
Nishiki Market Food Tour : https://japanwondertravel.com/products/kyoto-foodrink-tour-nishiki-street-gion
List of other shopping spot
- Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade
- Furukawacho Shopping Street
- Kyoto Station Building
Kyoto Tower is a place not only to enjoy panoramic view, but also to have unique experience and buy unique products.
Inside of tower, there are shops, restaurants, bar, public bathhouse, and workshop to make your own plastic fake foods.