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What is GPS or Car Navigation Systems?

GPS or “Global Positioning Satellite”, called “car navigation system” in Japan, is intended to refer to a receiver that receives specific location information from a group of 24 satellites in the sky.  The GPS Receiver is used to tell a person where they are located as well as to provide directions to any location entered by the user.

In Japan, the term “Passenger Seat Navi”  was coined to refer to the user of GPS or navigation systems by the passenger, allowing the driver to remain 100% focused on the road.

After purchasing a GPS receiver, there are usually no other charges except to update the map system in the unit.


Where do you want to go today?

Where do you want to go today?

Cradle of Japanese culture

Cradle of Japanese culture

You can meet many treasures of Japan there. If you stand in fton of the oldest wodden building Horyuji-temple, your imagination flys into the Tenpyo priod in 8th century.


Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. Ganjin’s tomb and the Miedo, a hall which stores a famous wooden statue of Ganjin, are located on the temple grounds. The statue, however, is displayed to the public only once a year on June 6, the anniversary of Ganjin’s death. The temple’s lecture hall (kodo) was moved to Toshodaiji from the Nara Imperial Palace, and is now the only surviving building of the former palace. Toshodaiji’s main hall (kondo) is currently being renovated until 2009.


Yakushiji was constructed by Emperor Temmu in the late 7th century for the recovery of the emperor’s sick wife. One of Japan’s oldest temples, Yakushiji has a strictly symmetric, Chinese style layout, with the main and lecture halls standing on a central axis, flanked by two pagodas. The main hall was rebuilt in the 1970s after being destroyed by fire, and houses the Yakushi trinity, a masterpiece of Japanese Buddhist art. The east pagoda is the temple’s only structure to have survived the many fires and dates from 730. It appears to have six stories, but is in fact three storied, like the west pagoda.


Tempura of wild weed or vegetables that have many nutrition and good for health. 15minuites by walk from Kintetu Nishinokyo.


Founded by Katagiri,sekishu in 1664 who teached Edo ‘shogun’s(the 4th shogun Tokugawa,Ietsuna etc.) the tea ceremony. Jikoin is not only a temple but also a large and perfect tea ceremony stage.

Explore World Heritages BY unesco

Explore World Heritages

There are many “World Heritage by UNESCO” in Nara. Most of travellers visiting Nara are attracted by them. If you are first visitor or not, we think you can find new deep impression.


Kofukuji used to be the family temple of the Fujiwara, the most powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian Periods. The temple was established in Nara at the same time as the capital in 710. At the height of Fujiwara power, the temple consisted of over 150 buildings. Today, a couple of buildings of great historic value including a three and a five storied pagoda remain. The five storied pagoda is one of Japan’s tallest and the symbol of Nara.

Nara National Musium

The Nara National Museum was established in 1895 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1995. From the beginning, the museum has been committed to the preservation, research, and surveying of art and antiquities from Nara. With the cooperation of numerous temples, shrines, and private collectors, the Nara National Museum has regularly conducted exhibitions.

Sweets Tokiwa

You can enjoy hand made warabimochi(Japanese cold sweets) and view of Nara park and Todaiji.


Todaiji (“Great Eastern Temple”) is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.
Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its influence on government affairs. Not only is Todaiji housing Japan’s largest Buddha statue (Daibutsu), but it is also the world’s largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple’s size.

Sake Brewery tour

Sake Brewery tour

One of the best-known sake producing regions in Japan, Fushimi in southern Kyoto can offer an enjoyable day spent learning about sake and its production. Explore streets lined with sake cellars and visit the information centres and shops. You will emerge with a deeper appreciation for sake.
Fushimi inaritaisha shrine

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is known for the more than 1000 torii gates on the path leading to the main shrine on top of the mountain. The torii gates mark the border between the spiritual realm and our day-to-day world. So walking through many torii makes you feel as if you are crossing a threshold into a mysterious place. It is said that paying a visit to this shrine brings benefit to your business.


It is said that this Kyoto cuisine restaurant was named by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and is now known for its barbecued sparrows. Despite the shape (one whole sparrow), this dish is uniquely tasty with their special sauce. ‘Unagi don’, a bowl of rice topped with grilled eel, is also a popular item for a meal.

Gokonomiyajinja shrine

A folklore tale tells the story of how the Gokonomiya Shrine (the shrine of aromatic water) got its name. About 1100 years ago, a spring of aromatic water started to flow from the ground of this shrine, and people who drank the water were healed of ailments. This same quality of water runs in Fushimi and has supported its acclaimed sake production. This shrine has therefore taken on a significant meaning for this area.

When in Kyoto… Shiruko

When in Kyoto…

This Kyoto cuisine restaurant is known for serving excellent ‘kayaku gohan’ (rice cooked with vegetables and other ingredients) and miso (fermented soybean paste) soup. Their miso soup is made with white miso, which was developed for the eating habits of aristocrats in Kyoto, and is slightly sweet. You can choose a topping for your soup from over 10 items. They also offer traditional Kyoto cuisine made with seasonal delicacies.

When in Kyoto…Pensyonhigashiyama

When in Kyoto…

This inn offers a service which will transform you into a maiko girl, a symbol of Kyoto. A colourful kimono, wooden sandals, and special make-up makes you look like a real maiko girl. Later, many go to the Shirakawa River to be photographed. Reasonable prices.


Shinkyogoku and Teramachi Streets together form the best and the most convenient area to look for things Japanese. Lined with many small shops selling almost anything from groceries to traditional Japanese stationary, these two streets run parallel from Sanjo Street to Shijo Street. If you are looking for something modern, go for Shinkyogoku Street. Teramachi Street has more traditional shops.

Inoda Coffee Honten

A café beloved by locals. Many patrons claim that they can hardly start their day without a cup of coffee from this cafe. In a salon-like atmosphere, they serve excellent coffee that they roast and brew in the shop. With their service and the setting, many locals agree that this café is a distinctive part of their city.

When in Kyoto…

When in Kyoto…

Experience life in Kyoto as locals do. You will start your day by taking deep breaths of mountain air near an old shrine, and learn how to enjoy ‘ko do’ (the art of incense burning). Or you may want to walk on the street wearing traditional maiko clothing. You will fit right in with the lives of local people who uphold the old ways.
Fushimi inaritaisha shrine

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is known for the more than 1000 torii gates on the path leading to the main shrine on top of the mountain. The torii gates mark the border between the spiritual realm and our day-to-day world. So walking through many torii makes you feel as if you are crossing a threshold into a mysterious place. It is said that paying a visit to this shrine brings benefit to your business.


This incense shop with a 400-year history offers a rare experience of ‘kodo’ (the art of incense-burning, which is regarded as one of the 3 most refined arts in Japan, the others being tea ceremony and flower arrangement). This practice, identifying the incense by its fragrance, was enjoyed among aristocrats in the Heian period, and it helps you feel the elegance of their lives.

Kyo-obanzai Mukadeya

To satisfy the fabric merchants in this area who had gourmet tastes, a special cuisine developed in Nishijin. This restaurant reproduces these dishes and offers them in a tasteful building renovated from a kimono fabric shop. Renovated rooms for meals are also available in a former storehouse.

Arashiyama, Kyoto’s cottage country

Arashiyama, Kyoto’s cottage country

Once a popular cottage town for Heian era aristocrats, Arashiyama is filled with scenic highlights. This tour takes you on a trolley that climbs up through the Hozu Gorge, and gives you the chance to make your way back by boat along the Hozu River. Your tour is thrilling, and filled with beautiful scenery.

The Togetsukyo Bridge is a landmark of Arashiyama. The view of Arashiyama, which includes the bridge, the river and the mountains in the background, is admired by locals and tourists. In each season, the view changes, but the best seasons are spring and autumn. If weather allows, you can enjoy boating on the river.


Located in Saga, this temple was the villa of a noble who is believed to have been the model for the hero in ‘Genji Monogatari’ (The Tale of Genji). Its main Buddha statue, a life sized statue was brought here via India and China. It has organs depicted with 5-coloured silk threads, and is quite unique.


The Daikakuji Temple was originally built as a separate imperial palace in the Heian period, and was later converted into a temple. The elegance of the architecture is remarkable. The temple offers ‘shakyo’ (copying of Buddhist sutras by hand) practice, and is called ‘a dojo (training hall) of shakyo’, since it is the oldest temple to open this practice to the public. No reservations required.

Gastronomic Kyoto

Gastronomic Kyoto
Kyoto offers the finest of the finest in Japanese restaurants, in terms of the quality of food, location and impeccable service. Why don’t you start your day with a luxurious breakfast provided by a prestigious Kyoto restaurant and set out for a tour. After visiting gardens and temples, your day will end with splendid food at one of the oldest restaurants in the city.

Rightly famed and exclusive kaiseki (Japanese full-course) dining situated in an historic location near Murin-an in the east of the city. Reservations are absolutely essential. Established in the late nineteenth century Hyotei serves exquisite multi-course feasts, which are a treat for both the eye and the palate. Each course comes beautifully presented on fine tableware and is served in the guest’s private teahouse set in a stunning garden.

This is the former villa of a politician in the Meiji period. Its garden, which includes a pond, is well known for its sophisticated design. Have a relaxing time with a cup of macha (powdered green tea) while enjoying the view.
Nanzenji temple

The garden of the Nanzenji Temple depicts a scene of mother and son tigers crossing a river. Visitors can find themselves connecting to this ‘karesansui’ (a garden composed of rocks and sand, without using water) garden in a deep sense. There is also tastefully designed brick architecture in the precincts, and this modern design adds a nice complement to the view of this traditional temple.

Hidden Kyoto

Hidden Kyoto

Kyoto’s charm is endless. There are many fantastic sights which even locals do not know, or have heard of but not visited. If you have completed the standard tourist itinerary and are looking for something more, this tour will help you find Kyoto’s hidden treasures.

The Nijo Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the Edo period. As a defensive measure, he had its wooden floorboards designed to squeak under the lightest footfall, to ensure that no ‘ninja’ (hired assassins) would be able to escape detection. These singing floorboards are called ‘uguisu bari’ (nightingale floors). The architectural sophistication of the rest of the castle is also remarkable.


The Nijo-jinya was used as a large encampment house for barons who did not have a house in Kyoto. The building is a seemingly typical example of a Kyoto traditional inn, but in order to prevent assassination of any of the guests, there are many hidden features in the house, including a secret staircase and secret rooms. A tour of the house will amaze you.


This Kyoto cuisine restaurant specializes in ‘yuba’ cuisine. Yuba is a film that appears on the surface of soymilk when it is heated, and it is a popular Kyoto delicacy. This restaurant offers dishes prepared by skillful chefs, using ‘yuba’ in traditional and creative ways.