Kyoto is often thought of today (particularly by those in the Kansai region) as the real center of Japan today, in terms of history, culture, and art. It was in fact the capital of Japan for almost 1100 years until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. Kyoto has an abundance to offer locals and visitors alike and in this seminar, we will look at both the practical tips to best enjoy what Kyoto has to offer, as well as the basics of its history, culture, and life today.
We will begin with some background history and geography of Kyoto to grasp the outline of the ancient capital. Then we will discuss its beautiful traditional art and culture that is so well preserved and actively evolving in this city today. We also look at some of Kyoto’s most celebrated highlights as well as off-the-beaten places of Kyoto. We will also discuss some more basic practicalities, such as learning how to get around the city for any potential future trips. Each of the five seasons in Kyoto (four seasons and a rainy season) has its own beauty, so we will learn about the best time(s) to make a visit. We’ll finish up with a discussion on Kyoto’s delectable gastronomy, what it’s best known for, and where to find the best eating and drinking spots.
Led by Kana Hattori, a qualified tea master and a local expert with over twelve years of guiding experience, this interactive seminar will provide the basic and important information to enjoy what Kyoto has to offer. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge and confidence to explore the beautiful ancient capital of Japan.
About Your Expert
Kana is a qualified tea master of Urasenke Tea Ceremony School and is an experienced national-licensed guide. She holds a BA in English from Doshisha University, Kyoto, and another BA in Japanese Classical and Traditional Arts from Kyoto University of Arts and Design. She enjoys playing the shamisen, a 3-stringed traditional music instrument that geisha ladies also play, and also performing Noh, 650-year-old Japanese classical theater. The Zen philosophy—to live in the moment—has always been a core tenet of her life.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
Excellent review of the history, geography, and highlights of Kyoto.
Kana is so well-informed, the talk is so organized, beautiful pictures and very helpful practical information
This lecture really made me feel more prepared to plan a trip to Kyoto. Kana gave us so much useful, practical and very interesting information. It was wonderful
Kana is a delight to have as ones guide. Her presentation was filled with insights about Kyoto and Japanese culture and entertaining. We signed up for this Conversation after a previous one with Kana and will do so again.
Excellent overview of sites to Kyoto