Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!! 謹賀新年

Happy new year!!
Thanks to all the customer who stayed our hotel last year, 2012 was amazing and special year for us!  
We wish this year will be another great year to you!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Year

We are approaching the end of this year. In Japan, We have lots of events going on then. Like drawing a fortune slip, praying for the up-coming year or... drinking:) However, it is believed one of the biggest events then is to hear the New year's bell. It is rung 108times which is corresponded to desires of people. It is said people have 108 desires such as desire for eating, sleeping or shopping here in Japan. This event is held so as to erace these desires for the New Year on New Year's eve. We luckily have plenty of temples holding this event in Kyoto. So why not coming here and getting gear for the New Year by doing it?;) 今年もまた一年が終わろうとしています。 早いものですね、、、 知ってのとおり、日本には新年を迎えるのにさまざまなイベントがございます。 おみくじ、お参り、、、、、飲み明かすなどなど(笑) でもやはり、除夜の鐘をきいたりするのもいいと思いませんか? 人間には108の煩悩があるといわれております。 食欲、睡眠欲、物欲。 さまざまです。 幸いにもここ京都には、除夜の鐘をきけるお寺がたくさんございます。 今年は、ここ京都にて除夜の鐘をきき清々しく新年を迎えてみてはいかがですか?:)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

We started new business

We lately launched new business.
We , Nagomi-Ryokan Yuu, offer you one private Machiya building.
It has kitchen, living room, bed rooms, bathroom and toilet:)
It must be cozy and relaxed.
I'm sure you feel like to be at home;)
So if you fancy it, contact us!

私達、なごみ旅館 悠は新しいビジネスを始めました。

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Exhibition of Kyoto food

It is believed that tufu or Kyoto vegetable are specialties here.
Did you know it?
To our pleasant suprise, exhibition of these Kyoto food is nearly launched at Miyako-messe!
Date: Dec 13th and 14th
Time: 10am-4pm
Ticket: 800yen (600yen in advance)
            500yen for students (400yen in advance)
Access: Take bus no.206 towards Higashiyama street・Kitaoji bus terminal and get off at Higashiyama nijyo
There must be loads of food exhibiting and you could even buy some.
Apart from that, you could see Maiko dancing as well!
Why not going there and feeling them;)

日にち: 12月13,14日
チケット: 800円(600円前売り券)
       学生 500円 (400円前売り券)
アクセス: 市バス206系統 東山通り・北大路バスターミナル行き 「東山二条」下車

Friday, December 7, 2012

One wonderful couple

Few days ago, a one male guest proposed his girlfriend in the room they stayed x) this is the pic that wonderful couple left!
thank you for choosing our hostel for such a big event! We wish you every happiness!!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Festival of tea offering to the gods

One of the historical events,festival of tea offering to the gods, is coming up.
It is held at Kitano-tenmangu shrine on December 1st.
You could get some Japanese noodle(Called Soba) and Matcha green tea by purchasing a ticket: 5000yen/person.
The ticket has a limit so you could buy it from the beginning of November.(you could buy it on the day as well)
Maiko(geisha) serve you them so that you could fully feel "Japan".
The festival itself is from 10am for a hour, but the event goes on till 3pm.
To get Japanese sense or historical knowledge, we recommend you going there.
Access: catch bus no.50 or 101 from Kyoto station

アクセス: 京都駅よりバス50番または101番

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Red leaves season is near at hand

We are approaching to "this enchanting season".
Viewing the red leaves is one of the romantic events among Japanese couples.
Here in Kyoto, there are lots of spots you can see them with light-up.
This scenery is unbelievably beautiful, so you must be in good mood if you go there with your partner!
Of course, you can go there with your friends and have a big blast, too:)
If you were here then, we definitely recommend you seeing them!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Zidai Festival is just coming!!

1 week into the one of the biggest festival in Kyoto, Zidai Festival !!
What amaze you most in this festival is that distance, from Karasuma st to Heian-Zinguu, 4.5 km, over all !! It's 5 times longer than distance of the parade held in Disneyland !!  For such long distance, it's rather hard to find where you cannot see.  
As you can see from the pic below, people in the line are all in the traditional wearing. These  cloths used to be worn by ancient Japanese.  As they are walking, cloths they are wearing will be gradually changed from traditional cloths to modern.  That represents the change of the Japanese history by their fashion style. 
Watching them walking through, you feel as if you had been transported through the time.  Come and experience !! 


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Zuiki Festival

Zuiki festival is held at Kitanotemmangu shrine from Oct 1st to 5th!
The enchanting event would be seeing the portable shrine with dry food:)

Originally, this festival began in 10 century for showing our appreciation for adequate harvest.
So we decorate the portable shrine with dry food to do it.

You could reach there by taking either bus no.50 or 101 and getting off at Kitanotemmangu-mae!

It might be one of Japanese historical festivals, so why not popping there and feeling it!?;)





Thursday, September 6, 2012

After sweltering hot Summer stunning Autumn comes!

Everyone in Kyoto must have wined about roasting Summer, though after a bit more endurance fabulous Autumn comes!
How is it fabulous!? You might ask...
We would say the red leaves of Autumn! Have you all ever seen them? That is AWESOME, STUNNING and FASCINATED!!!
The view of them from the stage of Kiyomizu-temple is just breath-taking!
Summer in Kyoto is really nice. However, Autumn here is completely different and you could absolutely enjoy it in the other ways:)
So then, get gear for visiting Kyoto NOW!!!

京都のみなさんは、この燃えるように暑い夏に苦労しているでしょう。 が、、、もう少しの辛抱ですばらしい秋が訪れます!
それは紅葉です!みなさん見たことはありますか? もうそれはそれは、最高にすばらしく、魅力的なわけであります!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hassaku festival on September 2

Hassaku festival is held at Matsuo grand shrine on September 2.
This festival's purpose is praying for good weather, abundant crop and thriving businesses.
They have several interesting events. The rough time-table is as follows.

8:00- The festival starts
8:30- Girls' portable shrine and sumo wrestling begins
14:00- Children's portable shrine
16:00- Japanese traditional dance
18:00- Japanese drum is played
After sunset- Lighting up lanterns

Especially, girls' portable shrine and Japanese traditional dance are supposed to be remarkable events:)
You can go there by taking Hankyu Arashiyama line and getting off at Matsuo station.
Don't you fancy feeling "traditional Japan"!?;)




Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sento memorial service at Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple

The Sento memorial service is held at Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple on August 23 and 24.
We hold it by lighting loads of lanterns and preying for our ancestor. It has roughly 8000 stone monuments and statues. Furthermore, its view is absolutely stunning in us lighting up lanterns our-self.
The opening hour is from 17:30 to 20:30 and you could visit there by taking bus no.72 and getting off at "Toriimoto".
You need to pay fee, 1000yen, for joining it. (For free by elementary school students)
Don't you want to feel fantastic atmosphere in Kyoto!?:)

私たちの手で多くの灯明を掲げ、お先祖様へと祈りを捧げます。 たくさんの石仏・石塔があり、火を灯した際のその風景はまさに絶景です。
17:30から20:30まで開かれており、バスの72番に乗車して頂いて ”鳥居本” にて下車して頂ければお着きになれます。
1000円で参加が可能になっています。 (小学生以下無料)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gozyo hill ~The pottery festival~

The pottery festival is held at Gozyo hill from August 7 to 10. There are lots of pottery shops you can have a look at and purchase. Not only them but street stalls are set there. Moreover, many young potter sell their work there, they could be future promising ones. It sounds fun, doesn't it!?:) The opening hour is between 9 and 23, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the festival. It is one of typical traditional Japanese stuff, so why not going there to see and feel it?;)
陶器祭りが8月7日から10日まで五条坂で開催されます。 陶器の買えるお店がたくさんあり、それだけではなく屋台も出店されます。 さらに、多くの若い陶芸家の方々もそれぞれの作品を出店されます。もしかしたら、将来の有名陶芸家の方々かもしれません! 面白そうじゃないですか!? 9時から23時までやっているので、たくさん楽しんでいただけると思います!!! 陶芸が好きな方も、そうでない方もいって楽しんでみてはいかがですかー!?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The second Nagashi Somen on July 23

We held the second Nagashi Somen as a favor of our guest on July 23. It was sunny day so that we could have lots of fun here.
We are so happy that many guests seemed to have enjoyed catching and eating Somen!
On top of that, we flew many kind of fruits this time. Our guests ate lots of them after getting full by Somen!:)
If you look at the second picture, you can see our staff cheating to get Somen. They could not catch it well and cheated like this even though they are Japanese!!! Please do not cheat like us!;)
Here, we would like to announce that the next one is held on August 5. So please pop in here and enjoy it!

日本人なのに、箸でちゃんととろうとせず・・・ みなさんはこんなずるするような大人には、くれぐれもならないように!!!(笑)
ここで、もうひとつお知らせがあります!8月5日に、第三回流しそうめん開催します!!! ぜひぜひ、お友達もつれてきて、楽しんじゃってください!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tanabata (Star Festival)

Today, July 7, is the Star Festival which is one of the important event in Japan. Originally, this festival bases on the Chinese legend of two stars; Altair and Vega. Vega, a weaving girl, and Altair, a cowherd boy, they are both hard-working. However, once they got seeing each other, tehy discontinued working. This led to lose the temper of Vega's father... Due to it, he prohibited them from meeting-up by separating by the Milky way. After that, they reformed thier mind and decided to work hard again! It succeeded in changing father's mind and getting together again! It was just once a year, though.. From that story, people began to celebrate their reunion by decorating the bamboo branches with some paper stripes and ornaments. On top of that, it is believed that the wish comes true if you write it on the paper stripes ang hang it on the bamboo. So now, let's get some pens and papers to make your hope come true!
今日、7月7日は七夕です! もともとこの行事は、中国の二つ星の伝説(ヴェガとアルテア)に由来しています。 ヴェガは織物、アルテアは牛の世話をして、とても熱心に働いていました。 しかし、一度二人が出会うことによって、仕事をすることをやめてしまいました。 それによって、激怒したヴェガの父親が二人が会うことと禁じ、天の川で二人を二分してしまいました。 二人は、改心しもう一度一生懸命に働くことを決め、一年に一度だけですが父から再開の許しを得ることがでました。 このことより、人々は短冊に紙や飾りを施すようになりました。 そして、その紙に書いた願い事が叶うということで今でも多くの人々がこの日に短冊に願い事を書いた紙などを飾ることが恒例になっています。 みなさん、知っていましたか―? みなさんも私たちのように短冊に願いをのせて見せませんか?:)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The first event; Somen nagashi

On June 30, we did Somen nagashi as we decleared. Our guests seemed to have enjoyed a lot! Our staff could have possibly had fun more than them, though...:) At any rate, it was absolutely successful! We intend to carry on this event for the following summer season. The next Somen nagashi would be held on July 8!!! Those who missed the first one or want to try again can come here at Nagomi-ryokan-yuu and enjoy it! We would love to have a great time with all of you by all mean!!! It must be so fun, mustn't it!!!?;)
6月30日、以前お知らせした通りそうめん流しを行いました! お客さんも楽しんでいただけたようで! 私たちスタッフのほうがもしかしたら楽しんでいたかもしれませんが・・・笑 とにかく、成功という形でおわれたと思うので、これからの夏の季節にもどんどんそうめん流しやっていこうと思っています! つぎのそうめん流しは、7月8日を予定しています!!! 一回目にこれなかった方、もう一度したいという方、このなごみ旅館悠にてぜひとも一緒に楽しみましょう!!! きっと楽しいと思いません!!!?;)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The biggest event in Kyoto

One of the 3 biggest festival in Japan called Gion Festival is coming up! Every year, it has lots of visitors at some downtown areas and a number of stalls will be set there. So we can basically enjoy the several events, food and atmosphere. It moght be a memorable experieces if you visit it!!! The main festival is held from 14th July to 16th July. If it appeals to you why not going there!??
日本三大祭のひとつの祇園祭りが京都にやってきます! 毎年多くの方々が京都の街の周辺に集まり、いくつもの行事や屋台、その雰囲気を楽しまれます。 とても良い経験にもなると思います! 主な祭りといわれる行事は、7月の14から16日まで開催されますので興味を持った方はぜひ!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is the coping method for the hotness!??

Summer has completely arrived here in Japan. Everyone must be feeling too hot and not have any motivation to do something. While we are in such a tiresome situation, "THE" first must-come event is held at Nagomi Ryokan on 30th of June! It is ・・・・・・ SOMEN NAGASHI!!!!!!!!! We announce it for those who long for eating the floated Somen and enjoying this great event with us!!! So why don't we have a big fun and kick the hotness out altogether!??
夏もすっかり訪れて、みなさん「暑い゛~」だとか「なにもしだくないー」だとかになっているに違いありません・・・ そんな中、最初の一大イベントが6月30日、なごみ旅館にやってきます! その名も・・・・・そうめん流し!!!!!!!!!! 流しそうめんを食べたっかった、私たちと一緒にこのイベントを楽しみたかったという方々、お待たせいたしましたー! さあ、みんなで最高に楽しんで、夏の暑さを吹き飛ばしましょう!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Must-come event in summer ~Special offer from us~

Nowadays, we've been feeling that summer is in process of appearing. Isn't it too hot everyday, this year? Everyone tends to eat loads of ice creams and afterwards, they get pain in their belly. After all, they rush to the toilet... sorry... Anyway, we hold a special event which you can surely enjoy a lot even in the sun! It is Somen Nagashi!!!! Somen is sort of noodle which is normally made by flour(you can have a look at first picture) and Nagashi means 'Float' in English. For you to image it up, you can look at second picture. As you can see, there are some half-bamboos to float some water and people around them. We usually need chopsticks and some small containers to put special soup to eat Somen! And now like you may be able to guess, we throw somen into the bamboos and people need to catch them! After catching it, you just dip into the soup and eat it! That sounds fun, doesn't it!!? To your pleased suprise, it is for free and held every Wednesday and Sunday from the end of June!!! On top of that, you can request it even not Monday and Sunday which means you can do it whenever you like!!!!!!!!! However, in case of bad weather, we need to cancell it unwillingly... We are glateful if you show us your acknowledge. Lastly, it is known as Japanese famous summer event and WE hold it!!!!! So let's get together, eat Somen and have fun!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kawadoko in Kyoto - eating Kyoto food outside

One of the summer speciality has come! In kyoto, many restaurants beside the Kamo river offer a seasonal event called Kawadoko which we are able to eat some food at terrace. Meaning you can enjoy Kyoto food and stunning view simultaneously. We strongly recommend it due to limited event. It's held only from May to the end of September. On top of that, we can do it at lunch time only in May and September. That is to say, mostly it's at night, though both are great. If you were grabbed your attention, why not going there!?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The latest touristic place here in Kyoto

Kyoto Aquarium has opend since last March. Did you know that? It is the first full-scale aquarium in which is located the spacious green zone of Umekoji park. You might be easily able to find it. It is about a 15-munites walk distance from Kyoto Station, surrounded by park land. It is believed that we have no ocean in the city and kyoto has several rivers. We reckon that it is the point of this spot due to this aquarium has Rivers of Kyoto Zone as well as Countryside of Kyoto Zone. Doesn't it appeal to you!? Surely, it also has the other ordinary facilities like every aqualiums have such as Penguin zone, Dolphin stadium and Museum shop etc. It is open from 9 to 17.(it could be changeable depending on the season) Tickets: Adults:¥2000 High school students:¥1500 Junior high ans Elementary school students:¥1000 Children(over 3 years old):¥600 Now, why don't we face to another Kyoto's aspect?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Aoi festival May 15th

After the cherry blossom season, this BIG event is coming! It's known as a one of the 3 biggest festivals in Kyoto, the most elegant and histrical one in Japan. Especially, a march of over 500 people with a Japanese traditional costume is an eye-catching performance. It sets out from Imperial palace, passes through Shimogamo shrine and eventually reaches Kamigamo shrine. Now, gear up for seizing a chance to see this special event!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Still Buds.

Do you know what day 1st April is along with April Fool's day?? It's a cherry blossom bloom date in Kyoto according to the weather forecast. At the moment, there is no place you can enjoy fully blooming cherry blossoms due to this years unusual coldness.It is said that they will peak at 8th April.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Kyoto Local Beer Festival!

Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo, Ebisu....we know all these popular beer-brands and what they taste like. Obviously, they are brilliant. However, did you ever know about any beer which use-to-be capital, Kyoto are making.
On 18th March from 11am, at ZEST Kawaramachi agora, you can have a taste of many kinds of beer made in Kyoto. A glass of beer is only 300yen. I have been here 2 years but never heard and drunk any of them. Does it mean they don't taste good or somthing?? Really want to know!! Please check out what they taste like. Whether good or bad, it should be interesting!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Before CHERRY, kyoto will be filled with PLUM blossom!!

We know that thousands of people coming to see cheery blossom's beautiful sceneary in Kyoto around end of March, but don't really know that plum blossoms come to their best season in March right before it, and that they create as beautiful and amazing view as cheery blossoms do. Tomorrow, plum blossom's festival is taken place in Kitano-Tenmangu(北野天満宮). If you are already in Kyoto, why don't you drop by there:)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Katsushika Hokusai Exhibition is going on.

Katsushika Hokusai(葛飾北斎) exhibition is being held in Kyoto History and Culture Museum until 25th March as this year is 250th year anniversary of the birth of him.
If you know him, I am happy. He is a legend of Ukiyoe-artist, well-known in over the world for Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji (冨嶽三十六景). The one below is one of pictures of it. Its view is from Kanagawa offshore. Every picture of him is very vivid and has uplifting feeling. Once you see it, you can never forget it.

We are featured in JNTO website!!!!

We are featured in JNTO website!!!!

We are introduced there in a part of plan of 'Enjoy Kyoto in winter to the full.
Get around and stay over a night for 10,000 yen. It all depends on how you travel'.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Competition of Japanese art of archery!!

This can be an additional information of Coming of Age Day. On 15th January, at Sanju-Sangen-Do, from 9am, there is a competition of Japanese art of archery by people who are coming of age this year. About 2000 people from all over Japan come and aim at targets 60meter away. As you can see from the picture, they are really cool in colorful costume thinking only to hit a target.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Coming of Age Day is literally coming!!!!!

Coming of Age Day (成人の日) is a Japanese holiday annually on the second Monday of January. On this day, all those who have reached the age of 20 years old are celebrated that they have become adults. Festivities are taken place at local and prefectural offices. Traditionally, girls wear Kimono on the day and boys wear hakama(these days suits get more popular, though). If you see someone who looks happy in colorful costumes on the day around , she or he must be 20 years old:)