- Explore a hidden side of Kyoto that, for
most, remains shrouded behind the mist of history and legends.
- You are invited to take part in a tour of
this mysterious and historical side of Kyoto.
- Dates:2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
- ¦ Tours other than the designated dates
can be organized upon request conditional on the guidefs schedule. Please
contact us 7 days prior to participation.
- Maximum number of participants:15
- Reservations:Required in advance
- Please send (1)the date, (2)the representative7s
name, (3)number of people, (4)ZIP code and address, (5)daytime phone numbers,
(6)email addresses to
- You will be contacted regarding your reservation
confirmation within 2 to 3 days after submission of your reservation application.
- The reservation limit is 9:00pm on the
day before the tour date.
- Meeting Place:Kiyomizu-gojo
station(Keihan line),exit #4
- Itinerary(subject to change)
- -An outside look at machiya townhouses(formerly
used by Kiyomizu pottery craftsmen)
- -See the inside of a Kiyomizu pottery climbing
kiln(akiln with multi stepped chambers)
- -Walk through the Rokuhara district(once
a cemetery ground as well as a political center from the early 12th century
until the middle of the 14th century), known as the "entrance to the 'Other
- -Visit Miyagawa-cho(famous around the world
as the residential area of maikos and geikos; possible chance of seeiing
them in their daitime kimonos)
- -Visiting spots will be subject to change or to
be cancelled according@to weather condition or other unexpected incidents.
- yHaruhisa Onoz
- Born in Kyoto,Japan,Mr.Ono makes his living
as a graphic designer. His life-experiences include a 1 year stint travelling
the globe. Over this 1 year span he visited Europe, the Middle East and
Asia. At the age of 34, after 10 years in the printing industry, he began
his own design company and has been working in that capacity for the past
28 years. Since moving into a renovated machiya townhouse 7 years ago, machiya
restoration and preservation has been a passion of Mr.Ono. Some of his creative
outlets include cutout art(kirigami) and introducing Japanese cultural gems
to people from around the world. He is also a level 6 master iaijutsu(a
Japanese sword-drawing technique).
- yTakashi Kawasakiz
The 8th generation owner of gTotensei Kawasakih pottery shop.His deep affection
for Kiyomizu-Gojo leads to his devotion in various community developmental
activities along with his running the shop which has been handed down from
generation to generation in Kyoto.
gT?tensei Kawasakih, formally called gKameyaKyokuteih, had been engaged
in producing Kyo-yaki pottery for generations from the end of Edo era (the
latter half of 19c). The shop premises are Kyoto machiya townhouse, built
by 5th generation owner in Meiji period (the end of 19c-beginning of 20c).
His shop was awarded by Industry Promotion Section at Kyoto City Industry
and Tourism Bureau in 2010.
- Cost::3,000 yen per person
A part of the sales will be contributed to the Kyoto Centre for Community
Collaborationfs g Kyoto Machiya MachizukuriFundh.This contribution will
be used for Kyoto machiya townhouse preservation.
- life/accident/casualty insurance is included.
- This tour is intended to promote the "Machiya
Mathizukuri Fund" for machiya townhouse preservation.
- Since this tour passes through residential
areas and the living quarters of porcelain makers, maikos and geikos, it
is asked that you follow the explicit instructions of your guide in order
to avoid disturbing the residents.
Guide services are provided in Japanese and interpreted into English. Chinese
and French services will be provided upon request (previous reservation