Walking tour and Origami letter workshop
Walking tour
1. Imperial Palace (FREE)
about 1 hour
2. Kimon corner
This corner is the northeast of the palace. Northeastern is a demon gate, That's why it was retracted here. The old city of Kyoto was made with the idea of Feng Shui, and Mount Hieizan is in that direction. The Emperor made temples and protected the city many places.
Go out the gate and go to the right.
The road will bend, but please proceed straight.You will find the entrance in the grove.
3. Nashiki Shrine
Pick up Kyoto 's famous water (Somei water) , put it in a plastic bottle, Please make it drinking water of the day.
It is famous water from the only ancient that remains in Kyoto where ordinary people are obtained.
Please give the shrine some money in the offertory box with thanksgiving.
Even a little OK, please put money (50yen) in the offertory box (saisen bako) with gratitude.

Once you've done your worship, go through the garbage collection site on the other side of the well and go out the way.
The temple on the other side of the street is the former mansion of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of "Tale of Genji", one of the world's three major literature.From the end of summer to the beginning of autumn, the flowers of the bellflower of the garden are wonderful.
This time please go to the left. You walk to the street with a signal.
4. The signpost of the Heian piriod(794-1192)
This is the edge of the capital. Beyond the river the road will continue to the region of the Sea of Japan.
Continue walk further north from the intersection. You will soon find the entrance to the shopping street on the right.
5. Masugata Shopping District
Please procure your favorite lunch here.
The origin of this name is because there was "Masu-gata" in front of the shopping district.
"Masu-gata" means the shape of a wooden container to drink sake. You will notice a small square surrounded by stone wall at the entrance of many castles for the defense. This shape still remains in front of the bridge (square line).It is not as big as the Nishiki market, but this is also an old shopping street. You will buy your lunch here.
You can see a procession immediately to the right as you pass though this shopping street. This shop's bean cake is famous, but it takes about 15 minutes to buy.
The croquette of the next butcher is also famous. If you order it will deep fried. You can make lunch for hot fried croquettes.
Bean cake is 130 yen, potato croquette is 60 yen.
6.Lunch at the riverbed of Kamo river
Please bring your lunch, cross the bridge, and eat at the riverbed.
If it is light rain there is a park on the north side, you can sit on a shade of benches.
If it is heavy rainy there are brown circle coffee shops would do as well. In that case you will walk to brown road to the number 7 (Look at the map above).
After lunch, you will walk the torii road.
On the left there is a former villa of Mitsui family, and on the right is a priest's house of this shrine.
As you cross the roadway and enter the forest, there is a pass to the left.
7.Kawai Shrine / a branch shrine of Shimogamo Shrine
It is said that becoming a beauty person by dedicating a votive wooden tablet (ema).
Here is the house where Kamo-no-Cyomei lived. He was born in the priest's house of this shrine. He built this poor house on the mountain in his later year. He is the author of "Hohjyoki" in the famous war history. He completed the story at this house.
8. World Heritage "Tadasu" Forest
There is a ritual site in the Jomon period (around the 4th century BC) from (around the 131th century BC) in this forest (green circle). There are streams that are written in old Japanese poems.
If you can see the torii, please wash your hands with "Cyozu" at the front right.
9. Shimogamo Shrine
This shrine is one unit with Kamigamo Shrine in the north. This is an old shrine from the BCE, where the gods of parent and child of the mythical world are enshrined. This myth is a drama of Noh.
There are many small shrines in front of main hall. They are enshrining the god of zodiac animals. How about ask your animal to a staff of the shrine if you tell your birth year?
When you have finished your visit,
go to the right. Go a little to the right and then get out on the street.
Please walk straight across the signal.
The road turns a bit to the left, but go straight till the river. Please go down the slope before the bridge.
10. Walking through a bank of
Kamo river
Now, please enjoy the road on the river edge from here. When you see the surrounding scenery, you can see that Kyoto is a town surrounded by mountains.
When you see the next bridge, climb the slope. As you cross the traffic light, you find a Japanese sweets store next to the parking lot on the right front.
11.Wagashi (Japanese confection) shop
Please buy the wagashi (270 yen for one) here. Please choose your favorite wagashi even the type will change according to the season.
If you want to use Japanese, please point out with your fingers and say the following. "Kore wo kudasai"
The meaning is "Please give me this one."
Please ask the store person to write down the name of your sweet. Japanese is "Kore no namae wo kaite kudasai".

And you go out the store to bring your sweet. Cross the bridge and walk down the path on the right side of the river. Go up the second slope. Walk like a map. You will find "Nihon-no-kaze" in 3 minutes.
Origami letter workshop
12. Nihon-no-kaze
Visit a traditional Kyoto merchant house "Machiya". Tea break with Matcha and wagashi which you brought. After look around the machiya, let's make two types of origami which can be used as letter.
Please pay the participation fee of 2,000 yen here.
Please come back to Kitaoji Station a 5-minute walk.