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Odakyu Electric Railway and UDS Ltd./ Ellista Ltd. has started local tours with English speaking guides!
We are delighted to announce that Odakyu Electric Railway and UDS Ltd. /ELLISTA Ltd. has launched local tours for overseas visitors in Japan. Reservation has commence on October 1st, and the tour has started on October 8th. Booking in advance is required for all tours, and all tours will be guided by an English speaking local guide. We will start with Shimokitazawa, Yoyogihachiman, Oyama, and Odawara, and plan to expand the area in coming months.
The tours take place in the Kanto region only. We are now preparing a free walking mini-tour for Kyoto area, so please stay tuned!
EVENT 『 KOUGEI NOW 2018 Kyoto Crafts Exhibition “DIALOGUE” 』
『KOUGEI NOW 2018 Kyoto Crafts Exhibition “DIALOGUE” ～Travel and Crafts ～』
An exhibition of crafts under the theme of travel and crafts is held at hotel kanra kyoto on 17th (Sat) and 18th (Sun) March 2018.This event is for buyers, editors, designers and anyone who is interested in arts,
crafts and craftsmanship.During the exhibition, there are also tours of workshops and public talks. Please check out official HP, Facebook page, and Instagram for some more updated information.
We look forward to seeing you all at the exhibition.
＜KOUGEI NOW 2018 Kyoto Crafts Exhibition “DIALOGUE” テーマ~Travel and Crafts~＞
・17th March, 2018 / 11:00~18:00
・18th March, 2018 / 11:00~17:00
hotel kanra kyoto
Admiring the beauty of Autumn, chrysanthemum festival
September 9th is known as the Choyo Festival.
Since ancient times, odd numbers are thought to be lucky in Japan.
On a date when odd numbers are repeated, it is thought to bring luck. It is also thought of as bad luck, so people celebrate the day, and at the same time, drive evil spirits out. The number ‘9’ is the largest odd number between 1 and 10.
September 9th is a real lucky day because it has the largest odd number in it’s date. It means “duplicating yang” (positive), called “Choyo-no-sekku”, so the day was designated as a day to celebrate longevity and prosperity.
“Choyo-no-sekku”is also called “Kiku-no-sekku”, literally meaning “chrysanthemum festival”. The chrysanthemum is designated as the national flower of Japan and is a common pattern used for kimono. The chrysanthemum has been used as medicine in Japan since ancient times and it is believed that it has the power of longevity.
So, chrysanthemums is arranged in the entrance and guest room floor of hotel kanra kyoto.
The chrysanthemums were believed to be auspicious flowers denoting longevity and eternal youth, and they were used as medicinal herbs.
At kanra spa, we have seasonal menu that is made for Autumn season called kikkaen is related with Chrysanthemum Festival.
We prepare chrysanthemums tea as welcome drink.
And also we use chrysanthemums foot scrub for foot ritual and polish your sole carefully.
After that cleansing foot by Japanese sake which made in Kyoto.
For 90 min of body treatment, we use chrysanthemums oil. The oil contain the active ingredient of special chrysanthemums that is from Kameoka city in Kyoto.
We prepare green tea and kikujyuto (sugar sweet) that from traditional Japanese sweet shop, Kagizen Yoshifusa for after relaxation.
Please enjoy for the atmosphere of Autumn at kanra spa and hotel kanra kyoto.
Seasonal menu “kikkaen”
■Course:90 min ￥21,384 (usual price 23,760)tax incl.
■ kanra spa Open Hours 13:00-21:00 (Last Entry 20:00)
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How to enjoy rainy season in Japan
Now is the rainy season called “Tsuyu” in early summer in Japan.
Generally, it lasts from the beginning of June to the middle of July.
It doesn’t rain every day during Tsuyu.
We experience various kinds of rain such as sprinkle, heavy rain and sometimes rainstorm.
You might think Tsuyu is not good season for trip in Japan.
Even though rainy season, we have a traditional Japanese habit.
One of the habit is Tanabata that is the Star Festival in English.
Tanabata was born from the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi.
Tanabata started to celebrate their once-a-year-reunion, it held on 7th July.
We display bamboo grass for Tanabata.
We write each wish on a strip of paper and hang it on the bamboo grass.
The strips of paper used to write wishes are called Tanzaku.
It is said that a wish comes true by writing it on Tanzaku.
However, it is also said that a wish doesn’t come true if Orihime and Hikoboshi can’t meet because of the rain.
Please write your wishes and hang on the bamboo grass at hotel kanra kyoto.