- 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
Do you enjoy Japan?
Sometimes it is really difficult to decide what to do during trip. Especially in case of bad weather.
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.
Let’s enjoy rainy Kyoto!
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
Nishijin Textile Center | Nishijin Textile Industry Association
- Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum
English Information | 京都万華鏡ミュージアム京都万華鏡ミュージアムの公式サイト。国内外約250点の作品を所蔵する、万華鏡を専門に収集・展示しているミュージアムです。
- Furuta Oribe Museum
About Furuta Oribe Museum古田織部美術館はへうげものとして知られる武将茶人古田織部重然の美術館として2014年に設立。侘び寂びの茶道のなかでも独自の美を体現した古田織部の残した品々はもちろん、戦国時代から安土桃山時代に活躍した織田信長や太閤豊臣秀吉、千利休などの縁の大名、茶人の愛した茶道具や武具、甲冑、文書などを多数収蔵しています。
- Kyoto Cultural Museum
English version | 京都府京都文化博物館京都の歴史と文化の紹介。京都府京都文化博物館のご利用案内。総合展示、特別展、フィルムシアターでの映画上映、その他の催物の最新情報。京都府京都文化博物館別館（重要文化財・旧日本銀行京都支店）の紹介。
- Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan
PERMANENT EXHIBITION | 京都伝統産業ミュージアム Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design みやこめっせ地下1階Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts FUREAIKAN is the only place where all the local crafts can be discovered at once – permanent exhibition brings together all t...
- Hosomi Museum
Kyoto Hosomi Museum-About the Hosomi MuseumThe Hosomi Art Foundation holds diverse exhibitions around the 1,000-piece Japanese art collection. Featuring works from the Jomon/Yayoi periods to Edo-period p...
- Kyoto International Manga Museum
- Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
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- The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
- Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Comtemporary Art
- Kyoto National Museum
京都国立博物館 | Kyoto National MuseumKyoto National Museum
- Forever Museum of Contemporary Art
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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
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- Daitoku-ji Temple
Rinzai-Obaku zen | Head Temples - Daitokuji TempleAbout Daitoku-ji temple
- Ryoan-ji Temple
Ryoanji Temple (Kyoto, Japan): Hours, Address, Attraction Reviews - TripadvisorBook your tickets online for Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto: See 2,589 reviews, articles, and 2,759 photos of Ryoanji Temple, ranked No.72 on Tripadvisor among 1,638 att...
- Eikando Temple
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- Nanzen-ji Temple
- Nijo Castle
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- 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)
Nizaemonnoyu (Kyoto) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go - Updated 2020 (Kyoto, Japan) - TripadvisorNizaemonnoyu, Kyoto: See 15 reviews, articles, and 5 photos of Nizaemonnoyu, ranked No.24 on Tripadvisor among 191 attractions in Kyoto.
- Tenzan-no-yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/envFdiVzzeL2)
Tenzan no Yu (Kyoto) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go - Updated 2020 (Kyoto, Japan) - TripadvisorApr 4, 2020 - Natural hot spring Use sour sources that spring up from the premises Unusual sodium · calcium chloride fountain in Kyoto The body warms to the cor...
- Fufu-no-yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/mQojtMYRi922)
Fufu no yu (Kyoto) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go - Updated 2020 (Kyoto, Japan) - TripadvisorBook your tickets online for Fufu no yu, Kyoto: See 45 reviews, articles, and 22 photos of Fufu no yu, ranked No.9 on Tripadvisor among 191 attractions in Kyoto...
- Gyokkoyu Hijirinone (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/azoHXjV5KMH2)
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- Mibu Onsen Hana-no-Yu (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/XVETmh1Sksr)
Mibu Onsen Hana no Yu (Kyoto) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go - Updated 2020 (Kyoto, Japan) - TripadvisorMibu Onsen Hana no Yu, Kyoto: See 20 reviews, articles, and 23 photos of Mibu Onsen Hana no Yu, ranked No.23 on Tripadvisor among 191 attractions in Kyoto.
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 )
Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto EnThis is web site which Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto. Our cozy Japanese tea house is located steps from the Yasaka shrine in the Gion area.
- Ami Kyoto (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/DfH7VB2h62v )
Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto TownhouseLet's immerse yourself in the surreal world of tea ceremony and have fun together
- Tea Ceremony Camellia Flower (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/XvA33g9R5Ky)
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- Tea Ceremony Room Ju-an (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/dr4uXkLZ2ix )
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- Tea Ceremony Nagomi Arashiyama (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/DnNvyuohJEB2)
Welcome! | Tea Ceremony Experiece: NAGOMI @ ArashiyamaExperiencing Tea Ceremony with Matcha and Japanese Sweets @ Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan! Please make a reservation from our website or call us.
- Tea Ceremony Koto (Map; https://goo.gl/maps/kDcC4pq8kv12)
Tea Ceremony Koto/ Kimono & Tea ceremonyA1 minute walk from Golden Pavilion. Authentic Tea Ceremony in Kyoto.
Other Experience or workshop
Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) Making Workshop
- Samurai Kenbu
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- Samurai Juku
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- Kyoto Samurai Experience Waraku
- Ninja Dojo and Store
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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
京都駅ビル [Kyoto Station Building]京都駅ビルのランチやディナーのグルメ情報やイベント情報、駐車場、周辺案内など最新情報を掲載！
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.
How do you think?
Of course, even though it is raining, you can enjoy outside spots!! It is less people than sunny day, you could walk around slowly.
We hope you have wonderful days in Kyoto & Japan!
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